Every published author, no matter how good they are, gets a bad review every once in a while. They can hurt, but here's how you can feel better about them.
Even if your fantasy character has magical powers and pointy ears, readers want to believe your character is real. Here are the four things you need to know to craft realistic, relatable fantasy characters.
Audience surrogates are essential elements of many fictional works. Many stories naturally feature them, but if yours doesn't, consider using the tips in this article. They might help you add a surrogate of your own.
Most authors have fallen down the research rabbit hole and been unable to find the detail they need on Google. Here are six other ways to find reliable, accurate information when researching your novel.
From first draft to last edits, the writing process is a long and complicated journey. If you're getting started with your first big story project, find out what to expect with our complete guide to the five stages of writing.
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Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors in the text. Copy-editing is the final stage of editing before you publish your manuscript. Learn which one you really need, and how to find the right editor for your book.
As authors, we want our readers to feel as if they are there in the story. Sensory detail is the best way to do this. Here are eight ways to improve sensory detail in your writing.
Capturing the voice of a child is challenging in fiction writing. Use these simple tips and techniques to help you write convincingly from a child's perspective.
What is a frame story, how does it work, and why would someone write one? In this article, we'll define frame stories, explore a few examples, then offer some tips on how to write your own.
On this page, you'll find all the information you need for Crime Writer's Week, including webinar links, special offers, ways to connect with your fellow crime writers, and more.
Does music help you write? If so, you'll dig this article. We'll cover classical music, songs that match your project, movie soundtracks, nostalgic hits, and more.
It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.
A word cloud is “an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance.” So, the more often a specific words appears in your text, the bigger and bolder it appears in your word cloud. ProWritingAid has a Word Cloud Gallery that makes it easy to create word clouds based on the text you paste into the tool.
When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.