A guide to creating heartfelt writing that is relatable to your reader. This guide is particularly useful for aspiring blog, ezine and magazine writers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The gulf between being unpublished and published may sometimes seem like a yawning chasm, but in reality, it's only separated by a few tweaks, a lot of persistence, and some insider tips &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.
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.
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!
Stuck on a story and don't know what to do? Here are four ways I've found to tackle my writer's block.
Every snowflake is different, just like every book that is, or ever will be, written. Here is an overview of the Snowflake Method for writing a novel.
When you're unsure which story from your life defines you best, journaling can help you discover the story you were meant to tell.
Modern dark fantasy writer Cecelia analyses the essential elements that make up the emerging genre of "Urban Fantasy."
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!
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.
So you've decided to become an author and write your first novel, but where do you begin? 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the fundamental difference between an author and a writer might help you finish your novel. Weird correlation? You'd be surprised.
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.
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.
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
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!
This article shows you how to generate short story ideas by collecting found objects and examining them through drawing.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Character profile sheets are a very useful way to flesh out and keep track of your characters in fiction writing.
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 write but feel uninspired? Here are over a hundred creative writing prompts for fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and more.
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.
If persistent writing blocks are keeping you from moving forward with your writing, read The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
So you're building the world of your story, and you have your map and the basic outline of a country or kingdom. It's time to add people! Get advice on developing the denizens of your fictional world, from their culture to their names and politics.
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.
There's writing, and then there's powerful writing. The world's most powerful writers adhere to some principles. Here they are.
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!
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
Learn the basics of short stories and how to craft them and incorporate science fiction elements. Become a stellar science fiction short story writer.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Author J. J. Murray shows how significant details can spice up otherwise dull characters, settings, and dialogue and save readers from literary limbo.
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.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
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!
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 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.
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)."
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to make a unique character for your story, then give them a unique character trait or mannerism.
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
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.
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.
This article is part of the Creative Writing 101 series. The article explains what Literary Devices are and their importance.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
Naming Conventions Useful for Naming Characters in Fictional and Fantasy World Building and Writing.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Need help getting your characters' conversations to sound natural? Take some time observing people when you're out and about!
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.
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.
Understand the difference between showing and telling to make your writing more interesting and engaging.
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.
Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
100 continue on writing prompts (or story starters) to get your creative juices flowing. There is no excuse for not writing!
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A widely popular examination of five essential elements for strong short stories and the explanations of why each matters so much.
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.
Having trouble with description? Here's a few helpful questions to get you started with describing a fantasy city.
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.
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.
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.
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...
A great plot-twist can keep your reader's hooked to your writing. Blow your reader's mind in four different ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Discover how to write your own villanelle, a fixed-verse form of poetry that's both challenging and fun!
Compiled from two of his lectures, this essay appeared in Donald Hall's collection titled Poetry and Ambition: Essays 1982-88.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Take a picture of a baked potato and see how many story ideas you can come up with. You might be surprised.
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.
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...
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 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?"
"Run." "Said." "Big." Sick of using the same boring words when writing? Here are a few synonyms for those tired words.
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.
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.