How to Avoid Halfway-Through-NaNoWriMo Burnout

How to Avoid Halfway-Through-NaNoWriMo Burnout

We're halfway through National Novel Writing Month! Here are some tips on making sure you finish.

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10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

An editing tool checks for writing issues that go far beyond mere grammar problems.

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The Benefits of Story Subplot

The Benefits of Story Subplot

Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.

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The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

Hereditary is a masterwork of horror, both visually and in terms of writing. Here are five writing techniques that make it especially chilling.

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The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

An editing tool is a writer’s best friend. But there comes a time in every writer’s life when you shouldn’t rely on your tool. You need to go old school and self-edit manually. Here's how to do it.

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Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Do you remember the story of Icarus in Greek mythology? It's one of the most classic examples of hubris in literature. In this article, we take a look at hubris and what it means.

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How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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Why You Can’t Stop Learning

Why You Can’t Stop Learning

For writers, reading is essential. But is it enough? Here's why you can't just read—you need to learn something new every single day.

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The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

Are you considering first-person narrative for your next project? Go no further until you read this post!

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

***Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?*** It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year. If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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