Strategies, tools, tips, and techniques to help you master the art of fiction writing

5 Tips for Writing Third-Person POV character creation drafting

Third-person narratives are one of the most commonly used points of view. This may give new writers the impression that it’s a fairly simple viewpoint to write. However, it’s easy to fall into pitfalls and clichés without even realizing it. Knowing the ins and outs of writing...

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5 Tips for Working with Your Agent publishing querying revising

When you're trying to get traditionally published, snagging a literary agent seems like the ultimate goalpost. You may know in theory that a majority of your career happens afterward, but when you're just starting out, it's easy to believe that once you’ve signed with an agent, it...

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What is a Beat Sheet? plotting save the cat

You’ve come up with a premise for a novel you can’t wait to explore. You have an idea of the characters, the setting, and even a handful of scenes you definitely want to include. But without a comprehensive plot to string everything together, you can run into problems. Writing...

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How to Use TikTok to Build Your Audience book launch marketing

As a writer, promoting your work may not seem as essential as actually writing, but growing your audience is just as important if you want your stories to reach people.

In our ever-changing media landscape, the older social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—can still work...

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How to Find an Editor publishing revising self publishing

Editors make your work better. They bring a fresh set of eyes to your writing, not only to catch typos and grammar errors but to work with you to bring your vision to the next level. A good editor is as invested in making your book the best it can be as you are.

The process for finding an...

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How to Create a Writing Ritual That Works fast drafting productivity writer's block

If you’re like most writers, you only have a finite amount of time to call your “writing time.” But writers aren’t machines, which means that a two-hour block of time doesn’t instantly translate into two hours of peak productivity. So how do you utilize this limited...

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5 Tips for Writing First-Person POV character creation drafting

Maybe you’re writing a first-person narrator for the first time. Or maybe you’ve written a first-person narrative, but the voice isn’t as strong as you’d like. Whichever stage you’re at, knowing how to use first-person effectively will make the difference between a...

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5 Strategies for Researching Your Novel drafting research revising

Research is vital when it comes to storytelling. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a historical romance, a contemporary YA thriller, or an epic fantasy set in a world borne solely of your imagination. There’s going to be at least one detail—whether it is a type of food,...

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How to Write a Brilliant Plot Twist drafting plotting

One of the joys of getting lost in a good book is when you read something that completely blows your mind. It’s unexpected. It’s intriguing. Now you’re flipping pages as fast as you can, not caring that your alarm will be going off in a few hours and you haven’t slept. You...

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Should You Write in Past or Present Tense? drafting

Many stylistic choices go into a new project. Who will your main character be? Will it be in first or third person? What is your setting? But one you may not have considered is whether your story will be in past or present tense. This is partly because as we start writing, our words automatically...

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How to Write an Unreliable Narrator character creation

No one likes a liar in real life, but it can be thrilling to slide into the head of a dishonest character in fiction. Maybe they choose to embellish, hide part of the truth, or tell us a story that can’t possibly be real (or can it?).

As writers, these characters can make for narrative...

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5 Tips for Self-Publishing Your Novel book launch marketing publishing self publishing

"Traditional publishing isn’t for everyone." Have you heard this advice before? Whether you’re a cross-genre author writing outside the mainstream, a hybrid author who prefers the control self-publishing offers, or a prolific author with the output and fanbase to succeed on your...

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