George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding is perhaps one of the most unexpected and visceral moments in commercial literature history. Here's why it worked so well, and how you can put similar moments into your work.
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.
How to introduce your unique and universal story in the first ten pages of your script to make readers – and film producers – care.
Whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. For every successful novelist out there, there's a different way of approaching writing a novel - and they all think their's is the right way. Find out which bestselling authors plan their novels down to the chapter and which fly by the seat of their proverbial pants.
In this webinar, Book Coach Jennie Nash, CEO of Author Accelerator, will show you how to avoid building your novel on shaky foundations. Find out how to avoid this heartbreaking and costly mistake by focusing on your point and your purpose. Register for FREE now!
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!"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Conflict is THE driving force in fiction, but authors often avoid writing conflict into their stories. Learn the 7 conflict types and why to use them in your novel.
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!
Good scenes are the building blocks of great books. But, too often, writers settle for subjective opinions about what makes a scene "work." Learn the 5 objective essentials you need to write more compelling scenes in our upcoming webinar.
Setting isn't just a backdrop. Find out how to deepen and enrich your characters, plot, and theme by creating settings that stand out.