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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Disturbing Horror Stories From Creepypasta

    11 Disturbing Horror Stories From Creepypasta

    by Darius Razzle Paciente0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The best novels and novellas out there have some key elements that make them resonate with a wide range of readers. Here are seven tried-and-true tricks for writing better fiction, whether you're writing romance or a sci-fi epic.

    How to Write Better Fiction in Any Genre

    How to Write Better Fiction in Any Genre

    by Ria Fritz3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Bacon33

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Roberts13

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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