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Free Training: Editing with the 38 Story Elements

Free Training: Editing with the 38 Story Elements

Professional editor JoEllen Nordström guides you through the 38 story elements editors look for. You can self-edit using this list before submitting your manuscript for structural editing. Or, you can use this list to better understand the structural editing process.

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How to Write an Inciting Incident for Your Novel

How to Write an Inciting Incident for Your Novel

Read this article to understand what an inciting incident is, what great examples look like in popular fiction, and how to write a compelling inciting incident for your novel.

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Chekhov's Gun: What It Is and How to Use It in Your Writing

Chekhov's Gun: What It Is and How to Use It in Your Writing

Anton Chekhov said that a rifle on the wall in chapter one should go off by chapter three. In this guide, find out all about the principle of Chekhov's gun in literature and how to use it in your story.

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The Best Historical Fiction Novels Ever

The Best Historical Fiction Novels Ever

If you are anything like us, your favorite way to learn about history is by immersing yourself in a fictional world shaped by actual events. For this list, we specifically chose works covering events or time periods over 30 years before the time of writing.

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Watershed Moment: Definition, Meaning, Examples

Watershed Moment: Definition, Meaning, Examples

The term “watershed moment” is an idiom that refers to an important event that changes the direction of history. Learn how to use it in your writing.

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Story Retelling: How to Write a Retell (with Examples)

Story Retelling: How to Write a Retell (with Examples)

Retellings are a popular trend in the book industry right now. This article will discuss the different types of spins you can put on your favorite classic stories and teach you how to write retellings that will feel unique and authentic.

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How to Write a Romance: Genre Expectations Versus Tropes

How to Write a Romance: Genre Expectations Versus Tropes

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.

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Best Online Writing Courses for Fiction Authors

Best Online Writing Courses for Fiction Authors

There is a wealth of information out there about writing fiction and selling your books. How do you know which courses are worth your time and money? Check out our list of the eight best online courses for fiction writers.

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How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by Step

How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by Step

We look at how to modify The Hero’s Journey to outline a crime novel readers will love. Your imagination is key to developing characters and situations that make your story unique.

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How to Outline Your Novel With Plottr

How to Outline Your Novel With Plottr

Looking for a new outlining model? Plottr helps you keep track of all of the details in your novel, from your scenes to your characters to your settings, regardless of the method you use.

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How To Use Dan Harmon's Story Circle To Plot Your Novel

How To Use Dan Harmon's Story Circle To Plot Your Novel

Dan Harmon, creator of Rick and Morty, has created a plot structure that works for almost every story. Here's how to use the Story Circle to plot your novel.

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The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

Your introduction to writing a whodunit, from the cast of characters you need to a framework to construct the puzzle at the heart of your mystery.

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YA Fantasy Tropes That Aren't Overdone

YA Fantasy Tropes That Aren't Overdone

Young adult fiction. It's created some of our biggest cultural moments and yet in some circles it's still given a lesser status than other genres. One reason for this might be the idea of the trope. Let's take a look at four "overused" tropes and why they're not so bad after all.

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10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them

10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them

Finding plot holes is half the problem, knowing how to fix them is the other half. We take a look at ten plot problems and what to do to make your story stronger.

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Self-Editing Your Novel for Readability

Self-Editing Your Novel for Readability

Find out how to strengthen the readability of your novel through self-editing by reviewing the 38 Story Elements covered in this article. Professional Editor JoeEllen Nordström helps you tackle the three main categories of plot, character, and setting. By ensuring you use and vary each of these three primary story elements accurately, you can create a powerful story which keeps your readers returning and again

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