Gilraen, Aragorn's mother, is one of those proud but doomed female characters in Tolkien's Middle-earth who can't seem to get a "happily ever after" ending.
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?
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.
By this point you've got your map and the basics for one of your ideas. It's time to put people on these continents. If you haven't already, ask yourself the basics about each culture you want to generate. Taken from World Building I, those are: ...
Flash fiction is a way of telling a story in just a few words.This genre catches a reader's attention and leaves them wanting more. Try it for yourself by following a few simple rules.
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...
Next time you have writer's block, browse through these writing prompts. Featuring 70 first lines, character prompts, and pictures to inspire you. Use or transform them—they're all yours.
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.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe emotions in relation to nature. They are short and powerful. They are a great way to start writing your own poetry. Here are some of my haiku poems relating to cold weather and winter.
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...
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
A novel must be at least 70,000 words long(unless it's a Mills & Boon style romance, or erotica, when you can get away with 50,000). If your novel is too short, it doesn't mean...
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.
Writing your childhood memories to record your history will give your posterity an accurate introduction to you. Share your fun, truthful ad interesting memories. Here's how to get started.
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!
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?"
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.
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.
In fantasy world building, a world has many external influences. Considering the external influences on a fantasy world can provide additional detail and surprising relationships for a creation.
Beginning poets should be required to take a vow equivalent of the medical "Hippocratic Oath." If poets could be held to a standard of excellence, less doggerel would plague the literary world.
Can humor writing be taught, or is "funniness'" an inborn trait? Can you learn how to write humor? There might be something to learn if we examine what makes us laugh.
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.
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.
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.
Use my writing prompt to write a haiku-a-day for National Poetry Month. Read my own haiku for inspiration and ideas. An explanation of my haiku will also be offered. Today's prompt is LIVE.
Want to make your book stand out from the crowd? Avoid these overly used, cliche, tired tropes when approaching YA fiction and you're sure to be recognized positively.
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!
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. One of them is to ask yourself how you like the...
A widely popular examination of five essential elements for strong short stories and the explanations of why each matters so much.
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.
The gulf between being unpublished and published may sometimes seem like a yawning chasm, but in reality, it's only separated by a few tweaks, a lot of persistence, and some insider tips & techniques.
Flash fiction or microfiction is a genre involving very short stories. Despite their brevity, the stories can convey a lot of information and be very effective.
Taking the time to write a novel outline helps you to work smarter and faster. Learn how to structure your story with an outline the easy way.
This article is part of the Creative Writing 101 series. The article explains what Literary Devices are and their importance.
If you constantly struggle to write/publish as much as you should, then use this page to discover your own unique and tailor-made motivational strategy for prolific writing output.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the fundamental difference between an author and a writer might help you finish your novel. Weird correlation? You'd be surprised.
You have to write a story today. Writer's block has shut down your imagination and you need an idea now. Read on for writing prompts to kick start your creativity.
When you're unsure which story from your life defines you best, journaling can help you discover the story you were meant to tell.
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.
A great plot-twist can keep your reader's hooked to your writing. Blow your reader's mind in four different ways.
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.
The first article that will be the beginning of a series focused on writing, specifically for stories for a novel. This article is focusing on how to keep your characters organized.
Author J. J. Murray shows how significant details can spice up otherwise dull characters, settings, and dialogue and save readers from literary limbo.
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.
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.
Looking to amp up your creative writing skills? Check out this hub where we'll go over many different types of Disaster elements you can through into your story.
The key is in the details. We may have the same starting point, but after you consider these 15 writing prompts, you'll find your imagination taking over.
Need help getting your characters' conversations to sound natural? Take some time observing people when you're out and about!
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.
#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.
Animal characters can be fun and cute, or they can act as 'social mirrors' and allegories. An exploration of how to include an animal character in your own fiction.
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 their ways can be...
Chances are you've encountered these plots many times. Have you gotten bored of it? Check it out so you won't use the same plot.
Stuck on a story and don't know what to do? Here are four ways I've found to tackle my writer's block.
Your opening paragraph is the most important in your entire novel - it's what draws your reader in. But many writers misinterpret how to achieve that.
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.
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...
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)."
October is upon us, and Halloween is just around the corner. Here are 31 writing prompts -- one for each day of the month -- to get your most terrible creative juices flowing.
Character profile sheets are a very useful way to flesh out and keep track of your characters in fiction writing.
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
Bullet journals have become a major craze. Just search for them on Pinterest or Instagram. Read the things I've discovered about getting it right for yourself.
Want to write but feel uninspired? Here are over a hundred creative writing prompts for fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and more.
Exploring the ecosystems of a fictional world is a useful tool for fictional world building. It can help provide a deeper insight into a fictional world, exploring the relationships and dependencies of inhabitants with their environment, while...
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.
This article shows you how to generate short story ideas by collecting found objects and examining them through drawing.
Teaching extended metaphor using my own model of writing about a walk that taught me that sometimes life presents us with a metaphor to teach us a lesson.
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!
When it comes to rain and literature, rain is never just drops of water falling from the sky. This article explores the various connotations of rain by looking at various examples from film and books.
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. It is a...
A look at using familiar phrases in writing, this article discusses the nature of writers making choices, and considers what is at stake when using "tired" metaphors.
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.
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.
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.
An exploration of 'voice' in writing. Today's discussion: writing from the child's perspective and the challenge of writing in the child's voice.
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!
A well-written historical novel will have many hours of research behind it. How to conduct such research and points to consider when creating a story within a historical context.
Cool settings can add a lot to any story. This article is just the thing you're looking for if trying to come up with some. I won't tell if you also use it for travel destination ideas.
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.
A summary of cliche plots found in romance novels. The heroine doesn't know how attractive she is. She meets a rich business man who whisks her off her feet. It takes them a while to trust each other.
Follow these simple tips and suggestions from master writers and storytellers to make your next speech a one-of-a-kind crowd pleaser worthy of a standing ovation!
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?
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.
Compiled from two of his lectures, this essay appeared in Donald Hall's collection titled Poetry and Ambition: Essays 1982-88.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
Discover how to write your own villanelle, a fixed-verse form of poetry that's both challenging and fun!
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.
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.
Similes and metaphors can help make language more interesting and colorful. Find out how to tell the difference between them and how to write your very own.
This is a controversial opinion for some but not for others. This piece proposes the minimal use of adjectives and adverbs in order to achieve good writing.
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.
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.
As a writer finding creativity or inspiration can be hard sometimes. These are ten ways I battle writer's block and these ten tips help me become a better writer.
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!
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.
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.
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
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...
Many writers swear by the power of doing daily free-writes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do a freewriting exercise to loosen up stiff writing 'muscles'.
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.
Are you thinking about writing a horror story and don't know where to start? How about using an urban legend as the base for your book?
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.
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.
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!
Understand the difference between showing and telling to make your writing more interesting and engaging.
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 that made me a better writer.
Let's review the basic key elements of fiction writing. You might think you have a handle on them, but some people need a refresher.
While my wife and I were living in Marquette, Michigan in the early 2000s, I took a creative writing class in the Arts and Culture Center in the public library. In one class, the instructor taught us this memories graph writing prompt technique.
Trina Lynne Have you ever found yourself stuck while writing? Happens to us all, right? Sometimes all you need is a sentence to get your creative juices flowing again. Here's 99 sentences to get you thinking and get you writing. The summer...
It's hard to speak in absolutes about this subject, but here are some things to consider when it comes to the subject of realism in fiction.
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.
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?
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.
One of the easy ways to tell beginner writing is that the story bounces from past tense through present tense and future tense at random. Unskilled writers who don't keep a consistent tense can confuse readers about what happened when. More than...
Flash fiction is a relatively new creative writing form. This article describes the form, provides examples and writing prompts, and links to flash fiction contests and publishers.
Take a picture of a baked potato and see how many story ideas you can come up with. You might be surprised.
Do you feel like your writing is stuck, like you can't move forward? Are you worried that your writing isn't improving? Here are five habits that might be preventing you from being a better writer.
Some people just want to write a book to say they've done it, regardless of whether it gets published or not. But some, deep down, want to publish. See what problems arise when objectives conflict.
Having trouble with description? Here's a few helpful questions to get you started with describing a fantasy city.
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.
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.
Naming Conventions Useful for Naming Characters in Fictional and Fantasy World Building and Writing.
If persistent writing blocks are keeping you from moving forward with your writing, read The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
There's writing, and then there's powerful writing. The world's most powerful writers adhere to some principles. Here they are.
Master the the plot structure and monomyth/Hero's Journey; analyze what fantasy novels have in common; construct a story outline and start writing a fantasy novel for yourself.
100 continue on writing prompts (or story starters) to get your creative juices flowing. There is no excuse for not writing!
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...
If your writing ideas have dried up, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or as part of a group. It will get you thinking outside the box.
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.
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 those notes are not that necessary for you. But many other stories need to have notes...