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  • Do you want a formidable beast for your fantasy character to battle? Do you want a legendary monster that strikes fear into the hearts of mortal men? Do you know how to get started? Well you do now...

    How to Describe a Fantasy Creature

    How to Describe a Fantasy Creature

    by M. T. Dremer6

  • 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!

    10 Creative Writing Prompts to Feed Your Imagination

    10 Creative Writing Prompts to Feed Your Imagination

    by K S Lane7

  • Should you write an outline for a novel? Find out the basics on how to outline a novel and find out if it's the best way for you to get started writing your own book.

    How to Outline a Novel

    How to Outline a Novel

    by Lisa15

  • Character death is an emotional experience for both your character and your reader. With a few tips, you can write a death scene that will stay with your readers for life.

    How to Kill a Character

    How to Kill a Character

    by Nicole Grizzle11

  • Take a look at the pangram and learn its significance in the history of graphic arts. Word play helps spelling and vocabulary skills and improves creative writing. Try it!

    Creative Word Play: How to Write Pangrams

    Creative Word Play: How to Write Pangrams

    by Catherine Tally30

  • Learn the basics of short stories and how to craft them and incorporate science fiction elements. Become a stellar science fiction short story writer.

    How to Write a Science Fiction Short Story

    How to Write a Science Fiction Short Story

    by Candace Bacon23

  • Writing fantasy is hard work, and sometimes it's easy to get lost - whether you're a beginner or a pro. These tips will remind you about the most important aspects of fantasy worldbuilding.

    6 Tips for Fantasy Worldbuilding

    6 Tips for Fantasy Worldbuilding

    by Julia Skowronska1

  • Mystery genre has had a long history that has worked well in novels, novellas and short stories. Mystery flash fiction takes discipline to fit all the elements into the confines of 1,000 words.

    Five Steps for Editing Mystery Flash Fiction Stories

    Five Steps for Editing Mystery Flash Fiction Stories

    by Chris Mills19

  • This article provides a brief overview of lyrical poetry including the history of the lyric poem and a summary of the most common lyrical poetry forms. It also provides options for writing lyric poems along with specific suggestions and quick tips to make the process successful.

    How to Write Lyric Poetry

    How to Write Lyric Poetry

    by wayseeker76

  • Writing about your character's body language is essential to an engaging story. But, here are some things you shouldn't do as you write about body language.

    How Not to Write Body Language

    How Not to Write Body Language

    by Nicole Grizzle14

  • The more unique or unusual ways you can describe colors, the better your writing will be. Don't be one of those writers that just mails a color description in.

    A Writer's List of Descriptive Colors

    A Writer's List of Descriptive Colors

    by Don2

  • Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe emotions in relation to nature. They are short and powerful. Write some of your own. Here are some of my haiku poems about cold weather and winter.

    Write Haiku Poems About Winter Snow and Frost

    Write Haiku Poems About Winter Snow and Frost

    by Beth Eaglescliffe0

  • This article lists 20 inspirational quotes for writers. Some are by famous authors and some are by lesser known ones, but they all have the effect of making you feel excited and motivated to write again!

    20 Inspirational Writing Quotes

    20 Inspirational Writing Quotes

    by K S Lane3

  • Want to insert a dream sequence into your next book? You might want to read this article to look at what writers need to consider before, during, and after inserting a dream into a book or novel.

    How to Write a Realistic Dream Sequence in Fiction

    How to Write a Realistic Dream Sequence in Fiction

    by Sallie B Middlebrook PhD7

  • It's difficult to stay under the 1,000 word limit commonly adhered to with flash fiction. Here are 6 steps that will guide you to writing a tight, solid story for publishing or competition.

    Six Steps to Writing a Solid Flash Fiction Story

    Six Steps to Writing a Solid Flash Fiction Story

    by Chris Mills89

  • This article has ideas to help you come up with science fiction story and paper ideas, common sci fi themes, where to research the topics further, and how to learn more about science fiction.

    How to Research Science Fiction Topics

    How to Research Science Fiction Topics

    by Candace Bacon7

  • Backstory is the technical term for the background of your novel's characters - how did they get here, and why do they behave the way they do? It takes skill to incorporate it seamlessly into your story

    Novel Writing: Backstory

    Novel Writing: Backstory

    by Kate Swanson29

  • A brief look at whether the writing motivation site, 4thewords.com, is worth the subscription cost.

    Is 4thewords.com Worth It?

    Is 4thewords.com Worth It?

    by Ria Bridges0

  • However good a writer gets, there is always vast room for improvement, and descriptive writing is one of those areas where most writers fall short.

    How to Improve Descriptive Writing

    How to Improve Descriptive Writing

    by Becki Rizzuti30

  • If you're trying to come up with a memorable character for a story then giving them a good last name should be a top priority. An interesting last name paired with a sound first name can work wonders.

    A Cool Last Names List for Character Creation

    A Cool Last Names List for Character Creation

    by Don83

  • A guide on how to craft a narrator that is appropriate for, supports, and even improves a novel's pacing, tone, and story by playing to a writer's strengths and specifically editing the narration to make it as strong as it can be.

    How to Create a Narrator’s Voice for a Novel

    How to Create a Narrator’s Voice for a Novel

    by Laura Smith2

  • 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.

    The Advantages of Fanfiction

    The Advantages of Fanfiction

    by Britta Nicole Miller3

  • A literacy narrative is a personal account of learning how to read or write. Explore the significance of books and the written word in your life with this writing exercise.

    How to Write a Literacy Narrative

    How to Write a Literacy Narrative

    by Brittany Rowland29

  • #5 in the series, Good Writing Is... deals with plots and how to develop the plot in fiction, whether short story or novel. Called plotting for beginners, we discuss the form of plot, how to map a plot and how to prepare the plot for writing.

    The Plot Thickens: Plotting for Beginners

    The Plot Thickens: Plotting for Beginners

    by lmmartin45

  • There's writing, and then there's powerful writing. The world's most powerful writers adhere to some principles. Here they are.

    How to Become a Powerful Writer

    How to Become a Powerful Writer

    by Tessa Schlesinger5

  • 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.

    41 Funny, Romantic, and Scary Creative Writing Prompts

    41 Funny, Romantic, and Scary Creative Writing Prompts

    by Jillian Cameron0

  • All fantasy fiction fans recognize the standard races that make up the genre. Humans, dwarves and elves top the list, with orcs, goblins, and various halflings coming next. Others include giants, centaurs, mermaids and fairies. These classic...

    Creating New Races in Fantasy Fiction

    Creating New Races in Fantasy Fiction

    by MLoriMotley18

  • Modern dark fantasy writer Cecelia analyses the essential elements that make up the emerging genre of "Urban Fantasy."

    What Is Urban Fantasy?

    What Is Urban Fantasy?

    by Cecelia0

  • Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?

    Use the 6 Basic Emotions in Writing

    Use the 6 Basic Emotions in Writing

    by Rachael Lefler6

  • Fictional world building can be an inexpensive, fun hobby that stimulates your imagination. Writers use fictional world building as a tool for developing the background to a well rounded story.

    Fictional World Building Begins with Imagining

    Fictional World Building Begins with Imagining

    by Tina Dubinsky30

  • This Hub examines the fundamentals of what it takes to write your first novel. The author/teacher wrote this article after being asked hundreds of times: "Do I need a college degree to write a novel?"

    You Don't Need a College Degree to Become a Novelist

    You Don't Need a College Degree to Become a Novelist

    by Sallie B Middlebrook PhD16

  • Genre Fiction can be defined as stories that deal with the speculative or the imaginary. Traditionally this encompasses genres like Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror. If you are interested in getting into this type of writing then look no further.

    How to Write Genre Fiction for Beginners

    How to Write Genre Fiction for Beginners

    by M. T. Dremer6

  • 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.

    How to Create Meaningful Characters in Novels and Short Stories

    How to Create Meaningful Characters in Novels and Short Stories

    by Anne Marie Carr4

  • Having trouble with description? Here's a few helpful questions to get you started with describing a fantasy city.

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    by M. T. Dremer21

  • Writing poetry is fun. Acrostic poems are a form of puzzle in which a word is spelled out by a letter in each line. Try it for yourself; you may be a poet and not yet know it!

    How to Write an Acrostic Poem: Word Puzzle Poetry

    How to Write an Acrostic Poem: Word Puzzle Poetry

    by Beth Eaglescliffe3

  •  After a century of free verse poetry the idea of actually following all the rules and staying within the confines of a sonnet may seem a little old-fashioned. Before I explain exactly how to write a sonnet, what rhyme schemes are and what...

    How (and Why) to Write a Sonnet

    How (and Why) to Write a Sonnet

    by Mikal Smith6

  • One of the best ways to win over audiences and deliver an outstanding speech or seminar is to add light touches of humor here and there. Check out these tips on how to add warmth to your speech.

    How to Write a Funny Speech

    How to Write a Funny Speech

    by Sadie Holloway2

  • Step-by-step directions on how to construct an interactive story with multiple endings. Video examples and my own chapter flow chart included. Pick-a-path books are not just for children anymore!

    How to Write a Pick-a-Path Story

    How to Write a Pick-a-Path Story

    by awordlover10

  • Create well-rounded, believable characters and easily keep track of details with this free chart. Try this free chart, which is simple but very useful.

    Character Charts - a Writer's Aid

    Character Charts - a Writer's Aid

    by Adele Cosgrove-Bray26

  • So you've decided to become an author and write your first novel, but where do you begin? So many questions and ideas rolling around in your head that you don't know where to start or what to write. Here's some help to get you started.

    Your Novel and How to Start Writing It

    Your Novel and How to Start Writing It

    by Gemma Newey0

  • Gothic fiction isn't just fun to read; it's fun to write. But what if you get the dreaded writer's block? Check out these ideas and a bit of background on Gothic fiction to get your short story writing back on track.

    Ideas for Writing Gothic Short Stories

    Ideas for Writing Gothic Short Stories

    by Katherine Sanger24

  • Where did it all begin? It's a question we may never be able to answer, but if you write fantasy it's your job to create an answer. Inside you'll find tips and examples of how to write your first creation myth.

    How to Write Your Own Creation Myth

    How to Write Your Own Creation Myth

    by M. T. Dremer27

  • Villains are just the best characters to write. Your baddie needs to be just as good as your goodie... or something like that. Find out how to write a believable baddie.

    How to Write a Believable Baddie

    How to Write a Believable Baddie

    by Bev G0

  • Writing is a solitary, and often lonely endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. With technology enabling us to reach across the globe, writers can connect with others for comradery, inspiration, feedback and advice. If you are a writer, consider joining these great online writing communities.

    Top Writing Communities You Should Consider Joining

    Top Writing Communities You Should Consider Joining

    by Natalie Frank20

  • For those of you who don't know me, my name is Megan Rose Gedris. For the past 7 years, my primary activity has been writing and drawing comics with LGBT themes. I also do a lot of prose (short stories and novels) that feature LGBT people, and I've...

    Writing Gay Characters

    Writing Gay Characters

    by rosalarian148

  • The article provides information about eleven flash-fiction competitions that are free to enter most of which have cash prizes. Additional submission information and resources for the listed sites is offered.

    Eleven Flash Fiction Contests That Are Free to Enter

    Eleven Flash Fiction Contests That Are Free to Enter

    by Natalie Frank15

  • All through history, great writers have teased their readers by gripping first paragraphs. I have tried to illustrate some examples of the ‘hook’ to give you an idea of what your readership may expect and find engaging. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. But, as novice writers wanting to make a ma

    Writing Tips - Seven Hooks to Tease your Reader

    Writing Tips - Seven Hooks to Tease your Reader

    by Mohan Kumar54

  • Writing a fantasy novel and feel the itch to map your world? In this guide, I outline important considerations for developing a fantasy map, as well as some methods you can use to make yours a reality.

    How to Create a Map for Your Fantasy World

    How to Create a Map for Your Fantasy World

    by M. T. Dremer20

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