Writing Is Not Easy, But Here Are 7 Reasons to Not Give Up
There's a common belief that writing comes easy to good writers, but based on my own experience, this has never been true. If you think writing isn't for you just because you're having a hard time, here are seven reasons why you shouldn't give up.
How to Write Poetry Based on Pictures (Strategies and Examples)
Writing poems based on pictures can be a good exercise. It helps you to focus on descriptive language. It might encourage you to look up historical documents and do research. Poetry is similar to photography: both mediums try to capture a profound message in a small space.
Five Annual Grants for Writers (With Applications and Deadlines!)
Whether you're a brand new writer, or you've been published a dozen times already, these grants can help fund your next big project.
How to Give Feedback in a Writing Workshop or Critique Group
Many writers find it helpful to get honest feedback. Writers' groups are ideal for this purpose. Here are some guidelines to make it a positive experience for both giver and receiver.
For Creative Writers: How to Write a Compelling Road Trip
Road trips often make for great novels. This crash course guide will help you to design a road trip for your characters to take. You want the road trip to move the plot forward. This guide is for you whether your whole book is dedicated to a road trip... or just a couple of chapters.
8 Detailed Creative Writing Prompts to Help Inspire Your Writing Practice
If you are a writer who needs help brainstorming new concepts for short stories, or who needs a jumping-off point to explore fresh ideas, check out this list of eight original and detailed writing prompts!
The Basics of Character Creation
The five parts that make up a story are character, plot, setting, conflict, and theme. The first of these, character, is where so much of the story hangs. The characters have conflicts that drive the plot. They live in their settings, and all these things are supported by an overall theme.
Review of the "Shut Up and Write" Online Writing Groups
Zoom Meetup accountability and support writing groups like Shut Up and Write have given me the push I needed to get my writing back on track.
6 Tips for Writing Memorable Characters
When writing a novel, short story, comic book, etc., it's very important to write characters that will worm their way into the reader's heart. Writing characters with lovable personalities, interesting life goals, and memorable traits will be sure to grasp your reader's attention.
Creating a Fantasy World Map: Scientific Laws to Remember
When writing a fantasy story, creating a realistic fantasy world map that will help readers see your vision is essential. In order to create your map, there are some basic scientific laws that have to be followed.
Teach Yourself Writing: Are You a Pantser, a Plotter, or Something in Between?
Outlining a story versus "pantsing" it—which approach is better?
Homophonic Poetry and Phony Translations
In homophonic poetry, your goal is to write either a homophonic translation or a phony translation of an existing poem written in another language. It's a fun way to get writing again if you're a bit rusty because you'll be working with material that already exists.
The 5 Ingredients of a Great Fictional Relationship
Relationships between fictional characters are the emotional centerpiece of a story. Here's what you need to write a good one.
Tips and Advice for Beginning Writers
This article contains useful tips and advice for beginning writers. What is stopping you from writing those stories and articles? Are roadblocks and distractions getting in the way of writing. Is fear holding you back? Try some of these ideas to get your writing started.
A Writer's Guide to Potion and Spell Ingredients Used in Magic
Magic uses all kinds of ingredients for making potions and performing spells. As a writer, it's good to have lots of options so your writing won't be the same as other stories.
Enhance Your Writing: 200+ Synonyms for Overused Words
Sick of using the same boring words (run, said, big, etc.) when writing? Here are a few synonyms for those tired words.
41 Funny, Romantic, and Scary Creative Writing Prompts
Sometimes all it takes to beat writer’s block is a spark of inspiration. I’ve compiled more than 40 such sparks in this article. Here, you’ll find a variety of romance, mystery, action, and comedy prompts to get your creative juices flowing.
How to Write From the Heart: A Simple Guide to Evoking Emotion Within Your Reader
A guide to creating heartfelt writing that is relatable to your reader. This guide is particularly useful for aspiring blog, ezine and magazine writers.
13 Overused Clichés to Avoid in Your Fantasy Novel
Fantasy is a wonderful genre, but the world and characters of many books are often littered with unintentional clichés. Here are some of them to think about avoiding.
10 Creative Writing Prompts to Feed Your Imagination
This article lists 10 of the best creative writing prompts out there to help feed your imagination and get you writing. Whether you need to write a story for school or whether you write for pleasure, there's a prompt or exercise here for you!
The Advantages of Fanfiction
There's an ongoing debate over the validity of Fanfiction. Some cry out that it is, at its core, wrong beyond belief. Others will say there is nothing wrong with Fanfiction. The truth of the matter is that people will have something to say one way or another. Best idea? Make it useful.
How to Create Meaningful Characters in Novels and Short Stories
Do you ever find yourself struggling to describe a character in your novels or short stories? Maybe you always have a hard time channeling your main character's inner thoughts. These helpful tips will give you insight on how to create meaningful characters.