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Resources and tips for writing fiction, including short stories, flash fiction, and speculative fiction. Topics include fiction writing resources, fiction writing tips, writing tips, how to write fiction, character building, plot, plotting

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Character Building

Your characters are an important part to your story. We go into how to leverage your characters to captivate your readers. #characters #novel Book Writing Tips, Pre Writing, Character Development Writing, Outlining A Novel, Using People, Book Outline, A Writer's Life, Writing Characters, Learning To Write

How to Leverage Character Development in Your Story — Writely Me

Your characters are an important part to your story. We go into how to leverage your characters to captivate your readers. #characters #novel

Creating a relatable main character is the key to writing a story that will hook your readers in. But what makes your hero or heroine relatable? Click through to discover the answer and some killer writing tips! Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Pre Writing, Writing Quotes, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Prompts, Writing Ideas

How to Encourage Readers to Invest in Your Story By Crafting Relatable Characters — Well-Storied.

We want readers to connect with our characters, to step inside their shoes and invest in their journeys. But creating that easy connection between reader and character isn’t always a clear-cut process. Do our characters need to be, in some way, relatable for readers to connect with their

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Bring Your Characters To Life

Learn how to make your stories come alive by writing dynamic characters full of personality and relatability.

How To Write Fear Authentically Even If You Don't Write Thrillers - Lisa Hall-Wilson Writing Images, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Quotes, Improve Writing, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips

The Secret Sauce For A Menacing Antagonist

For readers to cheer for your protagonist, your antagonist must be successful a lot! .#fictionwriting #writingtruths #tipsforwriters #improvewriting #writingfiction #writers #blogsforwriters #deeppov #deeppointofview

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How to Create Dynamic Relationships in Fiction - Lindsay Elizabeth

Learn how to create dynamic relationships in fiction that add depth to the story and help move it forward in a natural, compelling way.

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A Better Way to Write Diverse Characters

Readers want to see diverse characters. They also need to. So, here's how to add diversity to your novels, and write better characters along the way.

What's the very first relationship your characters form, an attachment so critical it can influence them long into adulthood? Writing Romance, Writing Promps, Book Writing Tips, Writing Characters, Writing Workshop, Writing Quotes, Fiction Writing, Writing Help, Writing Goals

Your Character’s Very First Relationship (Hint: It Affects All the Others)

What's the very first relationship your characters form, an attachment so critical it can influence them long into adulthood?

Guide your characters down a path of forgiveness—or send them careening off it—in a way that’s as natural, believable and interesting to your readers as possible. Look first at the real-life intricacies of forgiving. Book Writing Tips, Writing Quotes, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Persuasive Writing, Writing Ideas, Quotes Quotes

3 Ways Your Characters Could Forgive… Or Not

Forgiveness isn't as simple as it first seems. Actually, your characters could forgive (or fail to forgive) in three distinct ways.

Creating a character? Get out your writer's toolbox because it's time to build the basis of a personality. Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Writing Quotes, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Ideas

Design a Personality: Building Rock-Solid Character Traits

Creating a character? Get out your writer's toolbox because it's time to build the basis of a personality. What with? Trait theory.

How can you take a flat, rigid and unnatural character and give their personality an extra layer of believability? With a little something called ‘personal concerns’. Writer Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Quotes, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Ideas, Writing Lists

Design a Personality: Giving Depth and Flexibility to Your Characters

Here's one way to take a flat, rigid and unnatural character and give their personality an extra layer of depth and believability.

Giving your characters unlikable traits can add spice to a story, but with that comes risk. Will your readers love them or hate them? Linda Sienkiewicz reveals how to do it right. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Strategies, Persuasive Writing, Writing Workshop

The Balancing Act: Writing Unlikable Characters

Giving your characters unlikable traits can add spice to a story, but with that comes risk. Linda Sienkiewicz reveals how to do it right.

A shy character can steal the spotlight just as well as any extraverted character. With reactions that are realistic, emotive and visceral at four levels. Book Writing Tips, Writer Tips, Writing Workshop, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Skills, Writing Studio, Writing Strategies, Writing Worksheets

How Can Shy Characters Steal the Spotlight?

A shy character can steal the spotlight just as well as any extraverted character. How? With reactions that are realistic, emotive and visceral at four levels.

How to get your characters to help find your plot Writing Genres, Book Writing Tips, Writing Characters, Writing Words, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills

Character plotting

I'm not a plotter. Character and dialog I'm completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it's tough). So, I'm always…

Avoiding Stilted Dialogue-author toolbox - The Manuscript Shredder Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Process, Better Writing

Avoiding Stilted Dialogue-author toolbox - The Manuscript Shredder

Bad dialogue will ruin an otherwise great story. Don’t fall into these common traps.

9 Stages of the Hero’s Journey and How to Use Them - The Novel Smithy Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Skills, Writing Prompts, Writing Workshop, Writer Tips, Script Writing, Writing Lessons

The 9 Stages of the Hero’s Journey and How to Use Them | The Novel Smithy

The Hero's Journey provides universal guidelines to help you build a cohesive and resonate story your reader won't be able to put down!

8 Necessary Tips for How to Write Child Characters is part of Writing children Books - One of the trickiest types of characters to get right are children Learn 8 major tips for how to write child characters that resonate with readers Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing A Novel, Writing Quotes, How To Write Fanfiction

8 Necessary Tips for How to Write Child Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

One of the trickiest types of characters to get right are children. Learn 8 major tips for how to write child characters that resonate with readers.

This is a massive list of resources for struggling (or aspiring) writers. I've shared all of my favorite writer's tips. Blog Writing Tips, Creative Writing Tips, Writer Tips, Writing Jobs, Fiction Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills

A Massive List of Resources to Make Money Writing - AliciaJoy.Net

This is a massive list of resources for struggling (or aspiring) writers. I've shared all of my favorite writer's tips. | writing advice | writing tips | writing

Need help writing better conflict in your story? Learn all about writing conflict that escalates and keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this post. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Cool Writing, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills

Progressive Complications: How to Write Better Conflict in Your Story

Need help writing better conflict in your story? Learn all about writing conflict that escalates and keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this post...

How J. Rowling mastered every storytelling medium (Get Him Back Writing Prompts) Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Quotes, Writing Help, Poetry Quotes, Quotes Quotes, Writers Write, Writers Notebook

How J.K. Rowling Mastered Writing in Different Mediums — E.M. Welsh

Every winter when everyone begins to snuggle up by the fire and celebrate the holiday season, I always feel a strong urge to return to my worn, yet beloved Harry Potter collection. Harry Potter, in many ways, is what made me who I am today. When I was younger and one of the last in my class to learn

What makes a story so attention-grabbing it hooks readers and alters their brain chemistry? All it takes is a simple story structure. Writing Genres, Fiction Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing A Book, Writing Ideas, Writing Courses

The Brain on Storytelling: Anatomy of an Attention-Grabbing Story

What makes a story so attention-grabbing it hooks readers and alters their brain chemistry? All it takes is a simple story structure.

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Top 11 Resources For Indie Authors: Writing Blogs, Authors' Forums & More | Nicole C. W. | Indie aut

Check out the top resources for indie authors! Get writing tips, publishing strategies, book marketing ideas from writing blogs, authors' forums and more.

Incentives or opt-ins are one of the best ways to grow an author list. Here are 25 ideas that fiction authors can run with to dramatically grow their list and build their platform! Fiction Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing A Book, Writing Prompts, Writing Ideas, Editing Writing, Writing Worksheets

Mixtus Media — 25 Newsletter Incentive Ideas for Fiction Authors

Incentives or opt-ins are one of the best ways to grow an author list. Here are 25 ideas that fiction authors can run with to dramatically grow their list and build their platform!

Drive: How to Write a Page-Turning Novel Narrative Drive: How to Write a Page-Turning Novel Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Quotes About Writing

Narrative Drive: How to Write a Page-Turning Novel

Do you dream of writing a book that readers just can't put down? Narrative drive is what keeps a reader engaged in your story and turning page after page.

31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes - Finance tips, saving money, budgeting planner Book Writing Tips, English Writing Skills, Writing Jobs, Writing Quotes, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Prompts, Writing Ideas, Writing Art

31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

Don’t be taken in by scammy contests: there are legitimate competitions for your prose and poetry. Here are some free writing contests to get started.

What books do literary agents recommend for writers and authors? Here are the 5 books literary agents say every writer should read! Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Blog Writing, Writing Skills, Creative Writing, Writing Prompts, Writing Studio, Writing Goals, Writer Tips

The 5 best books for writers, according to a literary agent

What books do literary agents recommend for writers and authors? Here are the 5 books literary agents say every writer should read!

Creating cultures in fiction is an essential part of world-building. Done well, and your world (and the characters living there) will come to life. Fiction Writing Prompts, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Fiction Books, Writing Workshop, Writers Notebook

15 Borderline Genius Things about Creating Cultures in Fiction You Need to Know Now | Help Me, Naomi

Wondering the best way to create a new culture for your fiction book? Or perhaps you're trying to pinpoint what that certain something is that's making your fictional culture not believable? Check out these 15 tips for creating cultures. Don't forget to repin this for later!!

10 podcasts to make you a better writer. Starting something new is always scary. Writing may be your forte but listening to these 10 podcasts will help you grow and develop your writing skills. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Blog Writing, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writer Tips, Quotes About Writing

10 podcasts to make you a better writer

I am unapologetically a podcast junkie--ask anyone. They're a great way to expand your knowledge of the world, get advice from the pros, and listen to some great stories. This makes them a valuable resource for writers, and I've rounded up my top ten to help you grow in your skills and knowledge. 88 Cups of Tea features interviews with authors, discussing everything from going through rejection, drawing inspiration from family stories, and the struggles of querying an agent. The host, Yin…

Genre

Fill in this worksheet when you're writing suspense & need to keep your reader (and your character) guessing. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Ideas, Writers Notebook, Writers Write, Writing Worksheets

Writing Suspense? Will it work?

Fill in this worksheet when you're writing suspense & need to keep your reader (and your character) guessing...

The 6 Key Scenes Every Action Story Needs | Savannah Gilbo - Want to learn how to write an action novel? In this post, I'll walk you through the six key scenes every action novel needs to satisfy readers. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingtips #writingcommunity #amwritingfantasy Writer Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Prompts, Outlining A Novel, Plot Outline, Action Story, Popular Stories, Writing Characters

The 6 Scenes Every Action Novel Needs

The 6 Key Scenes Every Action Story Needs | Savannah Gilbo - Want to learn how to write an action novel? In this post, I'll walk you through the six key scenes every action novel needs to satisfy readers. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingtips #writingcommunity #amwritingfantasy

Thriller Conventions: The 10 Things Every Thriller Novel Needs Are you writing a thriller? Learn how to write a book that works by including these thriller genre conventions in your story. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Prompts, Science Fiction, Writing Courses

Thriller Conventions: The 10 Things Every Thriller Novel Needs

Are you writing a thriller? Learn how to write a book that works by including these thriller genre conventions in your story. #amwriting #writingtips

How to Write a Genuine Romance Novel Tips, Writer Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Services, Writing Prompts, Writing Courses

How to Write a Genuine Romance

Writing romance is no easy task. Fortunately, by avoiding harmful romance tropes and following these six stages, you can write a true love story!

How to Figure out the Overall Shape of Your Story for Every Genre. How build the shape of your story before you start writing. A must-read for writers. Book Writing Tips, Start Writing, Writing Process, Writing Skills, Writing Images, Literacy Skills, Writing Ideas, How To Begin A Story, New Beginning Quotes

How to Figure Out the Shape of Your Story

Where should your story start and end? In this post, I cover the general shape of stories by genre. I also go over the key question stories in each genre ask.

10 Tips for Writing Better Love Triangles Are you writing a romance novel? Or a story with a romantic subplot? Don't miss these 10 tips for writing better, more compelling love triangles! Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Help, Writing Workshop, Kids Writing, Writing Resources, Start Writing, Writing Prompts Romance

10 Tips for Writing Better Love Triangles

Are you writing a romance novel? Or a story with a romantic subplot? Don't miss these 10 tips for writing better, more compelling love triangles! #amwritingromance

Romance Genre Conventions: The 10 Things Every Romance Novel Needs What are the conventions of the romance genre? Learn how to write a romance novel that satisfies readers by including these ten things in your book. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Prompts, Persuasive Writing, Writing Romance, Fiction Writing, Romance Novels

Romance Genre Conventions: The 10 Things Every Romance Novel Needs

What are the conventions of the romance genre? Learn how to write a romance novel that satisfies readers by including these ten things in your book. #amwritingromance

Writing Action Scenes NaNoWriMo day 17 - The Manuscript Shredder Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Ideas, Improve Writing, Writing Workshop, Writing Skills, Writing Images

Writing Action Scenes NaNoWriMo day 17 - The Manuscript Shredder

Writing actions scenes might seem intimidating, but by following these seven easy tips, your action scenes can be the most effective in your novel

Setting

25 World-Building Questions to Deepen Your Fantasy World – writing like a boss Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Prompts, Writing Notebook, Writing Strategies, Writing Help, Fantasy Tips

25 World-Building Questions to Deepen Your Fantasy World

I love writing fantasy. In all honesty, it’s probably my favorite genre (as far as writing goes, anyway). It’s the genre in which I always wrote when I was younger, so going back to it …

Plot & Structure

The Novel Series: Part II: How Long Should Chapters and Scenes Be? – Between the Lines Editorial The Novel Series: Part II: How Long Should Chapters and Scenes Be? – writing tips Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Persuasive Writing, Writing Quotes, Writing Ideas, Poetry Quotes

The Novel Series: Part II: How Long Should Chapters and Scenes Be?

Scenes and chapters are useful markers as you draft your novel. But what's the difference and how long should they be?

The Story Structure Series The Third Plot Point - writing tips Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Quotes, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Skills, Writing Process, Writing Help, Writing Images

The Third Plot Point: The Story Structure Series Part Six | The Novel Smithy

The Third Plot Point is one of the most important plot points in the Three Act Structure. Get ready, because your hero will face their darkest moment yet.

Some of the best stories do an excellent job balancing character and plot. Here& one way to plot with your character in mind and create a balanced story. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Jobs, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Ideas

Scene and Sequel: Making them work together - The Manuscript Shredder

Scene and sequel is a simple, yet powerful, formula that will help you create the lean, exciting plotlines readers crave. By mastering this technique, you can cut out all the dead weight and unlock your story’s true potential.

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Show Not Tell Examples in Writing: How to Show and Not Tell. I bet, as a writer, you read everywhere that you must show and not tell. Writing A Book Outline, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Ideas, Writing Memes, Writing Exercises, Writing Challenge

How to Show NOT Tell In Your Writing

Show Not Tell Examples in Writing: How to Show and Not Tell. I bet, as a writer, you read everywhere that you must show and not tell. But how?

Fill in this worksheet when you're writing suspense & need to keep your reader (and your character) guessing. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Ideas, Writers Notebook, Writers Write, Writing Worksheets

Writing Suspense? Will it work?

Fill in this worksheet when you're writing suspense & need to keep your reader (and your character) guessing...

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Narrator Worksheet

Download This Writing Worksheet (PDF) We’ve brainstormed point of view before, but once you’ve chosen your viewpoint, there are still many more decisions to make as to your narrator, and your narrator’s voice. Whether your narrator is a character in the story, or a version of your authorial self, it helps to make these…

For those trying to figure out how to plan a book launch with a detailed look at planning and scheduling your new releases launch. Fiction Writing, Writing A Book, Writing Tips, Writing Process, Writing Help, Print On Demand, Book Launch, Writing Resources, Book Signing

Planning and Scheduling a Book Launch » Jenn Beach PA

For those trying to figure out how to plan a book launch with a detailed look at planning and scheduling your new releases launch.

Conflicts in a Story: 6 Helpful Examples Story conflict examples - Infographic Writing Promps, Book Writing Tips, English Writing Skills, Writing Characters, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Outline

Using Conflicts in a Story: 6 Helpful Examples | Now Novel

What is story conflict? Read examples from novels that show how to use different conflicts in a story to heighten tension and suspense.

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Outlining A Novel (Without Dying Of Boredom First)

Whether you're a natural planner or not, outlining your novel doesn't have to be a chore. Here's how to write a novel outline quickly and painlessly.

Where to Begin Writing Your Book? The complete guide to writing your book if you're an absolute beginner. Writing Memes, Writing Advice, Writing Resources, Writing Lessons, Writing Ideas, Writing Skills, Essay Writing, Fiction And Nonfiction, Fiction Writing

Where to BEGIN Writing Your Book? THE COMPLETE GUIDE

Where to Begin Writing Your Book? The complete guide to writing your book if you're an absolute beginner. This will cover EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

Want to be a fiction writer? Here are 8 helpful tips for becoming a fiction writer from my own journey. Get tips on finding good writing resources, connecting with writing influencers, daily writing habits, accepting feedback + criticism, and more. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Skills, Writing Prompts, Writing Quotes, Writer Tips, Writers Notebook

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Blogposts for ficiton writers on topics like novel writing, managing your writing life, author platform basics, and the writing mindset.

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For fellow aspiring screenwriters: How To Write A Scene In 11 Steps

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Novel writing tips, Tips for writing a novel. Self-editing tips, selfediting tips, how to self edit, how to edit your novel Script Writing, Book Writing Tips, Editing Writing, Writing Words, Writing Quotes, Writing Process, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help

Questions to ask when editing scenes

This comes from The Writer’s Circle, and I need to ask these questions.. ~Kaw

The 6 Key Scenes Every Action Story Needs | Savannah Gilbo - Want to learn how to write an action novel? In this post, I'll walk you through the six key scenes every action novel needs to satisfy readers. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingtips #writingcommunity #amwritingfantasy Writer Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Resources, Writing Prompts, Outlining A Novel, Plot Outline, Action Story, Popular Stories, Writing Characters

The 6 Scenes Every Action Novel Needs

The 6 Key Scenes Every Action Story Needs | Savannah Gilbo - Want to learn how to write an action novel? In this post, I'll walk you through the six key scenes every action novel needs to satisfy readers. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingtips #writingcommunity #amwritingfantasy

3 Reasons Why You Should Write in Scenes Versus Chapters | Savannah Gilbo - Do you have trouble writing the "perfect" chapter? Here are three reasons why you should write and edit your draft in scenes instead of chapters. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingcommunity #writingtips Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, English Writing Skills, Writing Resources, Start Writing, Writing Prompts, Writing Websites, Writing Guide, Writing Classes

3 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Draft in Scenes vs. Chapters

3 Reasons Why You Should Write in Scenes Versus Chapters | Savannah Gilbo - Do you have trouble writing the "perfect" chapter? Here are three reasons why you should write and edit your draft in scenes instead of chapters. Other writing tips included, too! #amwriting #writingcommunity #writingtips

Thriller Conventions: The 10 Things Every Thriller Novel Needs Are you writing a thriller? Learn how to write a book that works by including these thriller genre conventions in your story. Creative Writing Tips, Book Writing Tips, Writing Words, Fiction Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Help, Writing Prompts, Science Fiction, Writing Courses

Thriller Conventions: The 10 Things Every Thriller Novel Needs

Are you writing a thriller? Learn how to write a book that works by including these thriller genre conventions in your story. #amwriting #writingtips