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  • 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

    How to Write Backstory for Novels

    How to Write Backstory for Novels

    by Kate Swanson29

  • The 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.

    5 Steps for Editing Mystery Flash Fiction Stories

    5 Steps for Editing Mystery Flash Fiction Stories

    by Chris Mills19

  • 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

  • This is an exploration of 'voice' in writing. In this article, we'll discuss writing from the child's perspective and the challenge of writing in the child's voice.

    Voice: Writing From the Child's Perspective

    Voice: Writing From the Child's Perspective

    by lmmartin26

  • 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 Sanger29

  • 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

  • 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.

    Homophonic Poetry and Phony Translations

    Homophonic Poetry and Phony Translations

    by Veronica McDonald1

  • A summary of cliche plots found in romance novels. The heroine doesn't know how attractive she is. She meets a rich businessman who whisks her off her feet. It takes them a while to trust each other.

    Romance Novel Cliches: Storylines to Avoid

    Romance Novel Cliches: Storylines to Avoid

    by Marianne Sherret1

  • 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.

    6 Steps to Writing a Solid Flash Fiction Story

    6 Steps to Writing a Solid Flash Fiction Story

    by Chris Mills91

  • 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

  • Outlining the plot of a short story or novel can seem daunting. Here are eight simple steps to help you get through the process with a minimal amount of pain!

    8 Steps to Outlining Your Plot

    8 Steps to Outlining Your Plot

    by Molly Quinn2

  • Create well-rounded, believable characters and easily keep track of details with this free character chart. You'll find that this chart is simple but very useful.

    Character Charts: A Writer's Aid

    Character Charts: A Writer's Aid

    by Adele Cosgrove-Bray26

  • 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

  • Here are some tips on how to write a book review. Share your reading views online and you raise your internet profile. Do it well and you could be offered free books or even earn some money.

    How to Write a Great Book Review

    How to Write a Great Book Review

    by Beth Eaglescliffe1

  • In fantasy world building and writing, the term "race" is loosely used to describe a sentient or sapient life form with a similar degree of intelligence and awareness as that of a human.

    How to Create a New Race in a Fantasy Game

    How to Create a New Race in a Fantasy Game

    by Tina Dubinsky11

  • 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

  • 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 wayseeker77

  • 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

  • This article deals with plots and how to develop one in fiction—whether for a short story or novel. Called "plotting" for beginners, we discuss the form of a 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • All throughout history, great writers have teased their readers with 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.

    Writing Tips: 7 Hooks to Tease Your Reader

    Writing Tips: 7 Hooks to Tease Your Reader

    by Mohan Kumar54

  • 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.

    6 Tips for Writing Memorable Characters

    6 Tips for Writing Memorable Characters

    by Lorel Marie0

  • So you've decided to become an author and write your first novel, but where do you begin? There are 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

  • 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

  • Compiled here are 101 great ideas to get you inspired and working on your next writing project. Want to tell a story but have no idea where to start? That’s where writing prompts come in.

    101 Writing Prompts to Inspire You

    101 Writing Prompts to Inspire You

    by Earl S. Wynn36

  • 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. Dremer19

  • 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 Frank22

  • 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. Dremer28

  • 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

  • Having trouble with a description? Here are a few helpful questions or prompts to get you started with describing a fantasy city.

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    by M. T. Dremer22

  • 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.

    How to Give and Receive Feedback in Writing Groups

    How to Give and Receive Feedback in Writing Groups

    by Beth Eaglescliffe4

  • Flash fiction is a way of telling a story in just a few words. The brief story grabs the reader's attention and leaves them wanting more.

    How to Write Flash or Sudden Fiction

    How to Write Flash or Sudden Fiction

    by Beth Eaglescliffe6

  • 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

  • Share your experience of eating out, and you could get lucky and be offered a free meal. Here are some tips on how to write a memorable review.

    How to Write a Great Restaurant Review

    How to Write a Great Restaurant Review

    by Beth Eaglescliffe1

  • 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

  • Do you want to keep notes on the stories you've read and don't know where to start? This article will take you through a step by step process on how I keep a personalized reading journal.

    5 Steps to Keeping a Reading Journal

    5 Steps to Keeping a Reading Journal

    by Victoria Cook0

  • 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

  • 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 Don175

  • 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 Bacon33

  • This article has ideas to help you come up with science fiction story and paper ideas. It includes 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 Bacon8

  • Learn about what an extended metaphor is. Here I use my own model of writing about a walk that taught me that sometimes life presents us with a metaphor and teaches us a lesson.

    Observing Life as a Metaphor: A Writing Exercise

    Observing Life as a Metaphor: A Writing Exercise

    by Donna Hilbrandt9

  • 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 About Body Language

    How Not to Write About Body Language

    by Nicole Grizzle14

  • The best novels and novellas out there have some key elements that make them resonate with a wide range of readers. Here are seven tried-and-true tricks for writing better fiction, whether you're writing romance or a sci-fi epic.

    How to Write Better Fiction in Any Genre

    How to Write Better Fiction in Any Genre

    by Ria Fritz3

  • Emulate the greatest authors in the English language. Improve your creative writing with 5 key concepts taken from literary masterpieces as observed by an English scholar.

    5 Key Concepts to Improve Your Creative Writing

    5 Key Concepts to Improve Your Creative Writing

    by Instructor Riederer7

  • 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 Tally32

  • 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 are offered.

    Eleven Flash Fiction Contests That Are Free to Enter

    Eleven Flash Fiction Contests That Are Free to Enter

    by Natalie Frank16

  • 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

  • Cats are a great subject for haiku. If you don’t know the format, here are some tips to get you started and writing your own 3-line poetry.

    Haiku About Cats: 3-Line Short Poems

    Haiku About Cats: 3-Line Short Poems

    by Beth Eaglescliffe1

  • 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 Don10

  • Become the successful writer you know you are! You can get a jump start on your writing practice with 1-minute, 5-minute, 10-minute, and 20-minute exercises. Here are some writing exercises to get you started.

    Timed Writing Exercises to Improve Your Writing

    Timed Writing Exercises to Improve Your Writing

    by Christen Roberts13

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