Action beats are often used in lieu of dialogue tags to show body language and to denote who is talking. But action beats are also useful for showing characterization, setting, and even world-building!
There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!
Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.
Many writers prefer a cloud-based writing program. Here is an honest review of three alternatives to Scrivener.
Is "show, don't tell" useful writing advice? Author Kyle A. Massa goes deep on the subject in this article.
Is weather one of the most under-utilized facets of fiction? In this article, speculative fiction author Kyle A. Massa explores several ways to use it in your work.
Horror is all about psychology. In this article, author Kyle A. Massa analyzes not only what scares readers, but why it scares them.
Where would a good sci-fi or fantasy novel be without a monster or two? The dark wouldn’t frighten children, nor would adults leave the closet light on if it weren’t for the brilliant monsters created by master storytellers. In this article, we explore how to create monsters in your made-up world.
Good stories require an immersive world to plunge readers into. If you're writing historical fiction, you'll need to pay attention to historical accuracy to ground your characters' relationships, motivations, and conflicts. In this article, author Hayley Milliman shows us how.
Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.
If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.
When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.
We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.
Want to create fictional races or species in your book? Writer Kathy Edens has the tips you need. In this article, she'll offer her advice on the best ways to do it.
Want to write famous and infamous characters? Want to make them feel lifelike? In this article, writer Kathy Edens offers several helpful tips on how to do it.