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  • 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

  • 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

  • Not every book needs to have detailed notes written out before you start writing. Sometimes it is because the story is already so well developed within you that notes are not that necessary for you. But many other stories need to have notes . . .

    Make Notes Before You Write Your Novel

    Make Notes Before You Write Your Novel

    by Rebecca Graf5

  • 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

  • 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

  • Many straight writers want to include gay characters in their fiction but are unsure how to do so tactfully. Here are some tips and considerations for including non-heterosexual characters in your novels or stories.

    Writing Gay Characters

    Writing Gay Characters

    by rosalarian147

  • 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

  • Many new authors sit and stare at a blank page. They have no idea where to start. Some think there is a magic formula to get them going. There are many suggestions as to how to get your book started, and I offer a few here.

    Starting Your Novel: How Do You Like Your Books to Start?

    Starting Your Novel: How Do You Like Your Books to Start?

    by Rebecca Graf3

  • 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

  • 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 and Advice for Beginning Writers

    Tips and Advice for Beginning Writers

    by L.M. Hosler6

  • Everyone has their own way of writing their stories out. If you interviewed a dozen bestselling authors, they’d all have their own unique ways. No two write exactly the same. That tells you that there is no one formula, but there are certain methods that do help.

    Tips for Developing Your Novel: Create a Mental Movie

    Tips for Developing Your Novel: Create a Mental Movie

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • 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

  • 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

  • Finding inspiration to write can be tough, especially if writer's block has you in its clutches. This article details five methods to defeat your procrastination and get writing again.

    5 Ways to Defeat Writer's Block

    5 Ways to Defeat Writer's Block

    by K S Lane8

  • When it comes to a story, I always love one that has a little shock value. Sometimes I love a lot of shock value. All in all, here's some prompts to add some shock value to your writing. Go where ever you want with your story and think outside the...

    Oh What a Twist: 29 Writing Prompts

    Oh What a Twist: 29 Writing Prompts

    by Trina Lynne13

  • Stereotypes can be useful to a writer in a pinch, but they can put us in a hard place when we need to break that mold. Learn how to add depth to a character that is traditionally one-dimensional.

    Adding Depth to "Simple" Races

    Adding Depth to "Simple" Races

    by M. Morrison0

  • Learn all about sonnets, including what they are, what they're usually about, the different sonnet forms and why sonnets are important. Then you'll learn how to write your own!

    How (and Why) to Write a Sonnet

    How (and Why) to Write a Sonnet

    by Mikal Smith6

  • Next time you have writer's block, browse through these writing prompts. This article features 70 first lines, character prompts, and pictures to inspire you. Use or transform them—they're all yours.

    70 Creative Writing Prompts

    70 Creative Writing Prompts

    by BessieBooks25

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Compiled from two of his lectures, this essay appeared in Donald Hall's collection titled Poetry and Ambition: Essays 1982-88.

    Donald Hall on the Ambition of Poets

    Donald Hall on the Ambition of Poets

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • This article contains 100 writing prompts with a zombie theme for writers who love to write about zombies.

    100 Zombie Writing Prompts

    100 Zombie Writing Prompts

    by Moe Wood9

  • It's easy to use the same word over and over again when writing. We get comfortable with certain words and sometimes don't even realize we are repeating them. However, overusing a word can really turn a reader off. Learn how to use a thesaurus to keep the creative language flowing.

    Using a Thesaurus: Alternate Words for "Smile"

    Using a Thesaurus: Alternate Words for "Smile"

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • 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

  • Writing is hard work, but that doesn't mean it can't also be fun. If you need tips on how to become a good writer, check out these fun writing tasks that will remind you of the joy of writing.

    Fun Ways to Become a Good Writer

    Fun Ways to Become a Good Writer

    by Sadie Holloway1

  • 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

  • The overuse of words in writing can really ruin a piece. The writing will tend to sound juvenile and will definitely reflect poorly on the author. Learn how to avoid this. You might even be encouraged to self-edit.

    Overuse of the Word "Said" in Writing

    Overuse of the Word "Said" in Writing

    by Rebecca Graf2

  • 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

  • Chances are you've encountered these plots many times. Have you gotten bored of them? Check out ways to diversify your writing so you won't use the same plot over and over again.

    The 8 Most Overused Romance Plots Ever

    The 8 Most Overused Romance Plots Ever

    by Agathe L0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Details require a fine balance that few authors have mastered. So keeping that in mind, I’ve listed seven things that I, as a reader, skip while reading a book, and I think a lot of other readers would agree with me.

    7 Things to Avoid When Writing Fiction

    7 Things to Avoid When Writing Fiction

    by Priya Barua8

  • Sometimes stories and incidents generated during a tabletop RPG session are worth putting out into the world for others to enjoy but how do you transform your session notes into an enjoyable read?

    How to Write an RPG Actual Play Blog

    How to Write an RPG Actual Play Blog

    by Robert A Neri Jr0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ever wonder what happened to readers in the past century? Have television and film become the only acceptable forms of storytelling? Let's find out together.

    How to Reach a Non-Reader Audience

    How to Reach a Non-Reader Audience

    by Arthur Gulumian2

  • 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

  • Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe emotions in relation to nature. They are short and powerful. 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Here are some Halloween writing prompts to bring your creative writing to life and get past any writer's block. The 3 categories of writing prompts included here are witches, monsters, and blood.

    30 Spooktacular Halloween Writing Prompts

    30 Spooktacular Halloween Writing Prompts

    by Haley0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. Dremer7

  • 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

  • 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

  • To become a successful writer, you must develop good writing habits. That means finding time to write wherever, and whenever, you can. Writing in a journal will make you a better writer.

    Why Keeping a Journal Will Make You a Better Writer

    Why Keeping a Journal Will Make You a Better Writer

    by Sadie Holloway1

  • 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 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

  • 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!

    Inspiration and Prompts for Writing and Drawing

    Inspiration and Prompts for Writing and Drawing

    by Amanda0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A lifelong desire to write a novel is a goal for many people. The following are tips on how to write that novel within 30 days.

    How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

    How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

    by Robert T Gasperson40

  • Maps are an essential tool for creative writers. Maps inspire the imagination and store vital data about the fictional world and its people. Follow the steps to create a simple but functional map.

    Map Creation for Fictional Worlds

    Map Creation for Fictional Worlds

    by Tina Dubinsky4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • What are the minimum and maximum word limits for different types of stories? What are the word limits by genre and how can writers stay within those limits? Find out here with this easy list.

    Word Counts by Fiction Genre and Type With Examples

    Word Counts by Fiction Genre and Type With Examples

    by Kenna Jackson2

  • Looking to amp up your creative writing skills? In this article we'll go over many different types of disaster elements you can incorporate into your story.

    Five Fiction Writing Exercises: Disasters

    Five Fiction Writing Exercises: Disasters

    by Strategy Coaching0

  • Fanfiction has shaped me as a writer, more than creative writing classes or self-help books. Find out what lessons fanfiction has taught me, and how they made me a better writer.

    Lessons From Writing Fanfiction

    Lessons From Writing Fanfiction

    by Katie Blackbourne0

  • I have to be honest that cliffhangers drive me nuts. I hate them. Watching a show on television that leaves me hanging until the next week has me spitting nails, but it also has me coming back the next week to find out what happened.

    The Pros and Cons of Ending a Book With a Cliffhanger

    The Pros and Cons of Ending a Book With a Cliffhanger

    by Rebecca Graf3

  • Fans of fictional franchises sometimes like to put their literature skills to work and make stories about their favorite media called "fanfiction." But how do you write a good fanfiction? Here's how.

    How to Write the Best Fanfic or Fanfiction

    How to Write the Best Fanfic or Fanfiction

    by Castiel Ameile4

  • Turning poetry into shape poetry is creative and fun and also effective in delivering your message. Learn how to write shape poetry and then try creating one of your own shape poems.

    How to Write Shape Poetry

    How to Write Shape Poetry

    by Lena Kovadlo12

  • 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

  • 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!

    75 New Prompts to Beat Writer's Block!

    75 New Prompts to Beat Writer's Block!

    by AP Petty0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Horror Stories From Creepypasta

    11 Horror Stories From Creepypasta

    by Darius Razzle Paciente0

  • This article will help give you some guidance about the length of your novel, whether or not it needs to be longer or shorter and how you can go about changing that.

    How Long Does a Novel Have to Be?

    How Long Does a Novel Have to Be?

    by Kate Swanson20

  • Learn to prioritize your writing. Sometimes that simply means sitting down and doing nothing other than . . . writing. Here are some tips and motivational words to get you started. In fact, after reading this article, why not start writing?

    Where Does One Start in Writing a Book?

    Where Does One Start in Writing a Book?

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • Bullet journals have become a major craze—just search for them on Pinterest or Instagram. Read about the things I've discovered about getting it right for yourself.

    Bullet Journals: What You Need to Know

    Bullet Journals: What You Need to Know

    by Laura Jacques0

  • This article will breakdown the importance of being humble as a person, especially if you plan on being a great writer.

    Humility Is Needed as a Writer

    Humility Is Needed as a Writer

    by Rebecca Graf2

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