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.
To epilogue or not to epilogue – that is the question. Should you use an epilogue to wrap up your story, or is that just overkill? We discuss.
Bestselling author Louise Dean shares how to get the idea for your novel.
Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.
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.
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.
Discover the difference between clues, evidence and red herrings. Then, scatter them throughout your mystery novel to lead the detective and your reader down the discovery path to solving the puzzle. There's nothing like a good "who-dun-it!"
Try these six story exercises to test your idea for a novel. Avoid wasting time on an idea that doesn’t work before making a commitment to an entire novel.
Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.
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.