Tips on Writing Metaphors

Tips on Writing Metaphors

Aristotle said a metaphor was “the act of giving a thing a name that belongs to something else.” It allows you to pack a powerful punch in a few words. Your reader can take their full understanding of one thing, and apply it to another thing. By writing, “my cubicle is a prison,” your reader understands how you feel about your job. With just that one word they know you feel trapped, unhappy, desolate.

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How to Tell a Story Over Multiple Volumes

How to Tell a Story Over Multiple Volumes

What are some ways to develop a story arc throughout a series? We'll show you!

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What Arc Should My Story Narrative Have?

What Arc Should My Story Narrative Have?

In this article, we delve a deeper into creating your story arc.

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How to Have the Best Relationship with Your Editor

How to Have the Best Relationship with Your Editor

The best editors understand how to help you take your manuscript from rough draft to a finished masterpiece.

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How to Go from First Draft to Published Author (free eBook!)

How to Go from First Draft to Published Author (free eBook!)

For a limited time, download our newest eBook, How to Go from First Draft to Published Author!

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How to Write a Novel: Six Tried and Tested Methods

How to Write a Novel: Six Tried and Tested Methods

In this post, Kathy Edens introduces us to six of the most popular novel-writing methods out there: 1) The Snowflake Method, 2) The 30-Day Method, 3) The 5-Step Method, 4) The Write From The Middle Method, 5) The 5-Draft Method, 6) The Novel Factory Methods. The best method is the one that speaks to you. It’s the one that you’ll commit to and use to start writing your novel. But more importantly, it’s the one that will help see you through to the end. Only you can decide what’s the best method for you because every writer is different with different needs and motivations. Choose what works best for you. Or experiment with different methods to find the one that helps you be your most productive ever.

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Writing Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

Writing Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, author of such classics as *Slaughterhouse Five* and *Breakfast of Champions*, stands today as one of the 20th century’s most important American writers. I can’t think of anyone better placed to give literary advice, and, thankfully, he agreed with me. These eight tips were originally written by Vonnegut to apply exclusively to writers of short stories, but I reckon they’re just as useful for writers of longer fiction.

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Holding Back Your Backstory

Holding Back Your Backstory

Many readers struggle to figure out how much backstory is too much. DailyWritingTips explores this topic on their blog.

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How Does the Snowflake Writing Method Help You Write Your Book?

How Does the Snowflake Writing Method Help You Write Your Book?

Is the snowflake novel-writing method right for you? Here's why it's worth a try.

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Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Every author has a unique voice. It's just a matter of finding it. In this article, fantasy writer Kyle Massa offers his tips on how to discover your authorial voice.

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How to Use the Three-Act Structure

How to Use the Three-Act Structure

The secret to the plotting success of countless famous stories lies in the three-act structure, which effectively breaks a story into a beginning, middle, and an end. But the three-act structure is so much more than that: it gives your writing a framework that directs you while still giving you ample room for creativity and new ideas. In this article, we examine how to use the three-act story structure.

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Pixar's 22 Rules for Storytelling

Pixar's 22 Rules for Storytelling

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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How to Edit Your First Draft Into a Story

How to Edit Your First Draft Into a Story

How do you create a story that your readers will love from your first draft? Your top three considerations should be character, plot, and setting.

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Popular Fiction Archetypes

Popular Fiction Archetypes

Fiction writers don't start from scratch. They can utilize existing character and story archetypes, personality and emotional types, and the goals and the fears of each type. Combining them in a strong storyline is almost a guarantee for creating best-selling works.

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Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event. Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.

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