This article will demonstrate how significant details can spice up otherwise dull characters, settings, and dialogue and save readers from literary limbo.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Magic uses all kinds of ingredients for making potions and performing spells. As a writer, it's good to have lots of options so your writing won't be the same as other stories.
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.
If persistent writing blocks are keeping you from moving forward with your writing, read 'The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity'.
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.
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.
Master 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 and techniques.
This article will provide some guidance on what to think about when crafting the ecosystem of your fictional world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flash fiction is a way of telling a story in just a few words. The brief story grabs the reader's attention and leaves them wanting more.
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.
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.
A great plot-twist can keep your readers hooked to your writing. Blow your readers' minds in four different ways.
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.
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.
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.
If you've got writer's block, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or as part of a group.
Writing your childhood memories to record your history will give your posterity an accurate introduction to you. Share your fun, truthful and interesting memories. Here's how to get started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the basics of short stories and how to craft them and incorporate science fiction elements. Become a stellar science fiction short story writer.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
This article contains naming conventions that are useful for naming characters in fictional and fantasy world-building and writing.
Are your fictional characters falling flat? There might be some crucial elements that you're missing . . .
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
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.
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.
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
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.
To what degree should you consider your audience when writing? How important is it? Should the audience even be considered at all? An experienced writer contemplates these questions and more.
This article shows you how to generate short story ideas by collecting found objects and examining them through drawing.
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.
Need help getting your characters' conversations to sound natural? Take some time observing people when you're out and about!
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!
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.
A widely popular examination of five essential elements for strong short stories and the explanations of why each matters so much.
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.
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.
Understand the difference between showing and telling to make your writing more interesting and engaging.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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?
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.
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.
When writing a fantasy story, creating a realistic fantasy world map that will help readers see your vision is essential. In order to create your map, there are some basic scientific laws that have to be followed.
Having trouble with a description? Here are a few helpful questions or prompts to get you started with describing a fantasy city.
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.
This article explores the most important elements of creative writing like what literary devices are and why they are essential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of using the "The Screenplay Method" for organizing chapters in writing.
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 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.
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.
Character profile sheets are a very useful way to flesh out and keep track of your characters in fiction writing.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Learn how to use random generators to develop your plot and story ideas—and build a NaNo novel from scratch!
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.
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?
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.
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.