Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

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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Inspiring Podcasts for Writers to Help You Learn and Improve

Inspiring Podcasts for Writers to Help You Learn and Improve

If you are one of those busy humans who count themselves as part of the writing profession, here are the best podcasts to help revamp your style, give you some tips for publishing on multiple platforms, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to your craft.

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Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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How Many Words Should an eBook Be?

How Many Words Should an eBook Be?

What is the perfect length for your eBook? The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. Your eBook should only be as long as it needs to be to cover all the important and relevant information.

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Time Saving Tips 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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What the Heck is a Word Cloud and Why Would I Use One?

What the Heck is a Word Cloud and Why Would I Use One?

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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The Middle Is the Biggest Part of Your Novel: Keep it Lively

The Middle Is the Biggest Part of Your Novel: Keep it Lively

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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How to Master the Plot Points that Matter

How to Master the Plot Points that Matter

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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How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

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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6 Methods to Unstick Your Story

6 Methods 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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Creative Writing in the Classroom: Start with a Stimulus

Creative Writing in the Classroom: Start with a Stimulus

A stimulus can transform creative writing in the classroom. Use these simple ideas to improve writing outcomes and get the excitement back into your lessons.

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How to Write a Children's Book

How to Write a Children's Book

From describing your readers to choosing a mentor book, this article covers the key things you need to know about writing a children's book.

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Red Herrings: Mystery Clues that Aren’t Clues

Red Herrings: Mystery Clues that Aren’t Clues

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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Plot Versus Story

Plot Versus Story

Plot, structure, and story are all important parts of the creative writing and editing process. In this article, Fictionary CEO Kristina Stanley explains each term.

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