Enjoying good works of literature requires a lot more than merely reading the words on the pages—it requires understanding how authors create their narratives. This article explains literary terms you need to know in order to enjoy good literature but also in case you wish to write yourself.
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.
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.
Outlining a story versus "pantsing" it—which approach is better?
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.
Relationships between fictional characters are the emotional centerpiece of a story. Here's what you need to write a good one.
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.
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.
Sick of using the same boring words (run, said, big, etc.) when writing? Here are a few synonyms for those tired words.
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.
A guide to creating heartfelt writing that is relatable to your reader. This guide is particularly useful for aspiring blog, ezine and magazine writers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What does that mean? Well, delicious as in appealing in some way. And a baby bird because they have to be in trouble in a way that makes people care. How do you do that?
Looking for inspiration? Got writer's block? Need to finish a project quickly? Whether you're writing a novel or poem or painting a picture, sometimes it helps to have a little nudge. Here are some prompts you can use, including some photo prompts and prompt table. Use them well!
Using slang is a great way to make people take notice, but only if you know what your talking about and you use it at the appropriate time.
I've penned 75 new writing prompts, which mainly focuses on wordplay, objects, and random phrases. They can be for beginning, novice, or experienced writers. Whether you're trying something new or wanting to challenge yourself, the end goal is to write more than what you did before. Write on!
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.