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!
You can outline a story in great detail... but should you? What happens when you have a new idea in the middle of writing? Instead of having to retool your whole outline, learn to craft your story to allow for surprise—both for you and for your reader.
Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.
Plotting your novel down to the scene can help with plot holes, flow, and pacing. Find out how to create a scene chart as part of your planning process.
As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals… Wait. If your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away. Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.
Romance readers want fresh stories, but they also have certain expectations. Here's how to freshen up romance writing while also giving your readers what they expect from their favorite genre.
We’re going to spend a little bit of time on plot this month—talking about what NOT to do. Sometimes it’s hard to see plot problems while you’re writing and you don’t notice them until the end. This will send some writers into a downward spiral of negative self-talk. Others will white-knuckle their way through half-hearted revisions. Here are a few common plot pitfalls and what you can do to rectify them.
In this article, we cover how to create a lively middle in your novel that keeps readers engaged.
Backstory enriches your characters but slows down the story. Zara Altair offers tips on how to use backstory in your novel.
Even if your writing is stellar and your characters are engaging, your novel will fall flat if you don't master these five key plot points.
Learn the difference between surprise and suspense and how to use them in your story. In this article, writer Zara Altair breaks down when and where to use each.
Every author gets stuck at some point when writing a book. Here's what you can do to unstick your story and get back to writing.
Is "show, don't tell" useful writing advice? Author Kyle A. Massa goes deep on the subject in this article.
What is a red herring in a story? This article contains tips for successful use of red herrings to confound your protagonist and your readers.
Plot, structure, and story are all important parts of the creative writing and editing process. In this article, Fictionary CEO Kristina Stanley explains each term.