The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

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 Win at NaNoWriMo: Stay Productive and Write Your Novel

How to Win at NaNoWriMo: Stay Productive and Write Your Novel

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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How to Get Through NaNoWriMo: 8 Tips for Beginners

How to Get Through NaNoWriMo: 8 Tips for Beginners

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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Whodunnit? Keep Your Reader Guessing With Red Herrings, Clues and Evidence

Whodunnit? Keep Your Reader Guessing With Red Herrings, Clues and Evidence

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 Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

How to Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

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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A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

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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Mastering Conflict in Fiction: 7 Types of Conflict and How to Use Them

Mastering Conflict in Fiction: 7 Types of Conflict and How to Use Them

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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Webinar: How to Come Up With an Award-Winning Book Idea

Webinar: How to Come Up With an Award-Winning Book Idea

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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Webinar: The 5 Essentials of a Scene: How to Make Your Scenes Work and Have Readers Itching to Turn The Page

Webinar: The 5 Essentials of a Scene: How to Make Your Scenes Work and Have Readers Itching to Turn The Page

Good scenes are the building blocks of great books. But, too often, writers settle for subjective opinions about what makes a scene "work." Learn the 5 objective essentials you need to write more compelling scenes in our upcoming webinar.

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Get Agile with Your Writing: Unblock Your Writing Process with Creative Agile

Get Agile with Your Writing: Unblock Your Writing Process with Creative Agile

Writing is hard. Editing is difficult. But planning for either shouldn’t be. Learn how to break through blocks, speed up your writing and never ask "Where should I start?" again through the Creative Agile framework.

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How to Immerse Your Readers With a Rich Fantasy Setting

How to Immerse Your Readers With a Rich Fantasy Setting

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how to build a strong fantasy setting.

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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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