How to Fictionalize Your Town in Your Novel

How to Fictionalize Your Town in Your Novel

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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Write a Novel in a Year: One Writer's Step-by-Step Process

Write a Novel in a Year: One Writer's Step-by-Step Process

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. Fantasy author Oz Mari G. shares how ProWritingAid helped her get through three rounds of rewrites before she published her first novel.

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Brands of Horror: How to Scare Your Readers

Brands of Horror: How to Scare Your Readers

Horror is all about psychology. In this article, author Kyle A. Massa analyzes not only what scares readers, but why it scares them.

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Exposition in Writing

Exposition in Writing

Any and all storytelling requires exposition – the explanation of how Character X got from Point A to Point B and then later to Point C. In this article, we examine what exposition is and how to use it in your work.

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How to Strengthen Your Story Idea

How to Strengthen Your Story Idea

How to go from story idea to a well-formed novel concept. Begin writing your novel today with the right planning process.

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How to Create Compelling Fictional Cultures in Your Novel

How to Create Compelling Fictional Cultures in Your Novel

Have you ever noticed that many fantasy and sci-fi cultures all sound pretty much the same? Don't make the same mistake. Here's what you need to know about crafting compelling and diverse fictional cultures.

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4 Great Novel-Writing Apps That Are Totally Free

4 Great Novel-Writing Apps That Are Totally Free

If you think a fancy novel-writing app costs too much money, you're in luck. We've got four awesome programs for authors that are totally free!

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A Review of Campfire Pro Writing Software

A Review of Campfire Pro Writing Software

Campfire Pro is one of the newest novel planning and worldbuilding apps on the market. Check out our review of this program to find out if it's worth buying.

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A Review of One Stop For Writers

A Review of One Stop For Writers

One Stop For Writers is the resource and planning library from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. Is it worth the subscription cost? Yes! Find out why in this article.

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Satisfy Your Reader by Setting Up Your Payoffs

Satisfy Your Reader by Setting Up Your Payoffs

Storytelling doesn't have to be ultra efficient, but it does need to make sense. If you've ever watched the ending of a movie and thought "that was convenient," it probably used deus ex machina. Avoid sudden twists of fate and learn how to set up the payoffs in your novel with these tips and examples.

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The Roadmap to Novel Writing Success!

The Roadmap to Novel Writing Success!

Writing a novel is a long, hard slog, but following this roadmap will help you to avoid wasted time staring at blank screens, going down blind alleys and writing dozens of scenes that have no place in the final novel. Get started today!

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Free eBook: World-Building 101

Free eBook: World-Building 101

In our new eBook, World-building 101, we break down everything you need to know to build a world your readers will never forget.

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Best Fictional & Fantasy Worlds Ever Created: Our Top 10

Best Fictional & Fantasy Worlds Ever Created: Our Top 10

So you want to create a compelling world, but you’re not sure where to start? Looking for inspiration from some of the most-loved and most famous worlds can help. We’ve compiled ten examples to inspire your own world-building efforts in our new ebook!

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Avoiding Common Historical Fiction Writing Mistakes

Avoiding Common Historical Fiction Writing Mistakes

Writing historical fiction is no easy feat! I've made many mistakes with my historical fiction novel. Here's how to avoid some common blunders.

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Fantasy Settings: Top 5 Ideas to Create Your Perfect World

Fantasy Settings: Top 5 Ideas to Create Your Perfect World

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how to build a strong fantasy setting.

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