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Is Apple Books for Authors Worth a Read?

Is Apple Books for Authors Worth a Read?

Apple Books for Authors focuses on helping self-published authors get their books up on Apple's book store. But does it offer any value for writers, or is it just an ad for Apple's services?

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The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

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!

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Follow The Headlights: How to Structure Your Outline for Play

Follow The Headlights: How to Structure Your Outline for Play

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.

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10 Best Websites For Writers

10 Best Websites For Writers

We have collected ten of the best websites for writing productivity, plotting, and more. Find your next favorite writing resource here.

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How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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How to Plan Your Novel Down to the Scene

How to Plan Your Novel Down to the Scene

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.

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Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? 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.

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How to Avoid Common Plot Pitfalls

How to Avoid Common Plot Pitfalls

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.

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How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

In this article, we cover how to create a lively middle in your novel that keeps readers engaged.

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How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory enriches your characters but slows down the story. Zara Altair offers tips on how to use backstory in your novel.

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Five Essential Novel Plot Points

Five Essential Novel Plot Points

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.

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What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

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.

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How To Unstick Your Story

How To Unstick Your Story

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.

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Is Show, Don't Tell Good Advice?

Is Show, Don't Tell Good Advice?

Is "show, don't tell" useful writing advice? Author Kyle A. Massa goes deep on the subject in this article.

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What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

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.

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