Party GamesPuzzlesCollectingFandomsCard GamesWritingPerforming ArtsBoard GamesTabletop GamingModel RailroadingMetal Detecting & Prospecting
  • 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

  • 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 Don93

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Having a hard time sleeping at night? Searching for inspiration to create your own horror story from scratch? Let me introduce you the online manifestation of the horror genre—creepypasta.

    11 Creepypasta Stories to Make You Sleepless at Night

    11 Creepypasta Stories to Make You Sleepless at Night

    by Darius Razzle Paciente0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Bacon25

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. Dremer21

  • 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 Don4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Roberts12

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Sanger25

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Frank15

  • This article aims to teach you how to select the right word for the right line in your poems by analyzing the use of phonemes in "Sappho 31" and Bob Dylan's "It's Alright, Ma (I'm only Bleeding)."

    Phonemes: The Building Blocks of Lyric Poetry

    Phonemes: The Building Blocks of Lyric Poetry

    by Nicholas Wright2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Tips for Beginning Writers

    Tips for Beginning Writers

    by L.M. Hosler6

Loading
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hobbylark.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hobbylark.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)