Novel Outlining: How to Use Maps to Plot Your Story

Novel Outlining: How to Use Maps to Plot Your Story

Maps don't have to be just a pretty feature for the front of your book. They can help you plot a detailed, realistic story. Here are four ways you can use maps to plan your novel.

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How to Plan Your Thriller Novel: Templates, Top Tips and More

How to Plan Your Thriller Novel: Templates, Top Tips and More

How to plan a thriller novel with exciting characters and tight suspense to keep your reader on the edge of their seat.

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Crime Novel Ideas

Crime Novel Ideas

Ideas for creating a unique crime novel come from asking who, what, and why questions. This list will help spark your imagination.

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7 Uncommon Movies That Inspire Me as a Writer

7 Uncommon Movies That Inspire Me as a Writer

Movies can be a great place to get inspiration for your storytelling. Here's a list of seven movies that have always motivated me to work harder and improve my writing.

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ProWritingAid Reviews: Ulysses

ProWritingAid Reviews: Ulysses

We know that ProWritingAid users like a bit of writing technology, so this month we begin a new series that looks at some of the best writing platforms out there. With so many options, and more being developed every day, how do you know which one is right for you. We sent one of our favourite freelancers, Kathy Edens, out to give them all a test run and report back. This month, she looks at Ulysses.

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Draft to Done: A Guide to the 5 Stages of the Writing Process

Draft to Done: A Guide to the 5 Stages of the Writing Process

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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How to Use Word Clouds for Business, Fiction and Copywriting

How to Use Word Clouds for Business, Fiction and Copywriting

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.

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How Many Drafts of Your Book Should You Go Through?

How Many Drafts of Your Book Should You Go Through?

Are you drowning in drafts? In this article, find out how to assign an objective to each draft, how to prepare for that draft and the techniques to use when actually writing it. Read this guide to making each draft count, with projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

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How to Stay Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Stay Productive During NaNoWriMo

Are you gearing up to write a novel this November as part of NaNoWriMo? In this article, author Kathy Edens gives you her tips for staying productive when 50,000 words feel a million miles away. Follow these tips, and keep the words flowing.

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NaNoWriMo For Beginners: Write a Novel In 30 Days

NaNoWriMo For Beginners: Write a Novel In 30 Days

Are you taking on NaNoWriMo for the first time this November? Read our eight tips and tricks to find out what you can expect and how to prepare.

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Puzzle Your Mystery Reader with Evidence, Clues and Red Herrings

Puzzle Your Mystery Reader with Evidence, Clues and Red Herrings

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!"

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How to Strengthen Your Story Idea

How to Strengthen Your Story Idea

How to go from story idea to a well-formed novel concept. Begin writing your novel today with the right planning process.

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How to Create Compelling Fictional Cultures in Your Novel

How to Create Compelling Fictional Cultures in Your Novel

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.

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What are examples of conflict?

What are examples of conflict?

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.

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Follow These Steps to Create Award-Winning Book Ideas

Follow These Steps to Create Award-Winning Book Ideas

Whether you’ve been writing for years or you’re just starting out, coming up with fresh ideas never gets easier. Or does it? Learn how to come up with better book ideas every time with Joe Bunting from The Write Practice.

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