Webinar: Organize Your Story Ideas and Write a Fantasy Novel

Webinar: Organize Your Story Ideas and Write a Fantasy Novel

If you have an idea for a fantasy novel that is waiting to leap onto the page but have no idea where to start, you're in the right place. During this workshop, bestselling fantasy author Angela J. Ford will help you dig deep into taking your ideas and turning them into a story readers adore.

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Webinar: How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy That Keeps Readers Up at Night

Webinar: How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy That Keeps Readers Up at Night

Do you want to write the next YA fantasy sensation? In this workshop, fantasy author Stephanie BwaBwa will dive deep into creating a page turning novel that will keep your readers up at night. She'll break down the main elements all YA Fantasy novels need.

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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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The Best Free Novel-Writing Software

The Best Free Novel-Writing Software

If you think a fancy novel-writing app costs too much money, you're in luck. We've got four awesome programs for authors that are totally free!

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How to Write Authentic Settings for Your Novel

How to Write Authentic Settings for Your Novel

"Someone did something somewhere." That's every story at its most basic. The "somewhere" is setting, but "somewhere" isn't especially vivid. Here's how to make your settings feel detailed, interesting, and authentic.

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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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What’s the Right Length for My Book?

What’s the Right Length for My Book?

A guide to book length by word count for standard book genres broken down by genre. Here's why book length matters.

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Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

Action beats are often used in lieu of dialogue tags to show body language and to denote who is talking. But action beats are also useful for showing characterization, setting, and even world-building!

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The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.

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How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.

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World-Building: How to Create New Species for Your Story's World

World-Building: How to Create New Species for Your Story's World

Want to create fictional races or species in your book? Writer Kathy Edens has the tips you need. In this article, she'll offer her advice on the best ways to do it.

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Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Millions of fans are not thrilled with the ending of 'Game of Thrones'. Hayley Milliman examines what lessons aspiring fiction writers can learn from the show's missteps.

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22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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