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 Caroline Jackson 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.
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.
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.
When Proxima Midnight stabbed Vision, it wasn't a random development. It was good writing. Authors often sideline omnipotent characters to give the rest of their cast a chance. In this article, we examine what omnipotent characters are and how to use them.
Want to create a fictional universe like Marvel's? You've come to the right place.
Gods are fun characters to create. Here's how to write them effectively.
What are some of the best Facebook groups for writers? Here's our top 10 list.
The master of Gothic horror stories, Edgar Allan Poe could set the tone of anything with a few chosen words. Here's how he did it.
An allegory is a story that evokes two separate meanings. The first meaning is the story's surface, like characters and plot, the stuff that goes into every story. But at a much deeper level, an allegory has a symbolic, heavy meaning. What allegories come to mind? Maybe _The Lord of the Flies_; _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_; _Moby Dick_; or _Pilgrim's Progress_?
Creating a series can boost your author career and simplify your novel writing. You’ll create benefits as a writer and increase your marketing power. Author Zara Altair offers tips on writing a series.