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

Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your First Novel drafting productivity

So you're ready to embark on the journey of writing your first novel. How are you feeling? Excited? Nervous? That's perfectly normal! After all, writing a book is no small feat.

As a new writer, there are going to be pitfalls you encounter when writing your first novel. But fear not! In...

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5 Tips for Writing Short Stories brainstorming drafting

As difficult as it may be to write an entire novel, short stories are their own challenge. When writing short stories, you have a limited amount of words to use to draw your readers in, engage them in your story, and make them care about your characters.

So how are short stories different from...

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What is Deep POV? character creation drafting

One decision every writer must make is choosing from which point of view to tell a story. The third-person point of view (or POV) is a popular choice and can often be the easiest for new writers to tackle. There are, however, a few different ways in which to write the third-person point of view,...

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Plot-Driven versus Character-Driven: What's the Difference? character creation drafting plotting

Whether you’re the kind of writer who outlines their whole story before starting or the type who loves the journey of discovery writing, it’s important in the early stages of your novel to know what's driving your story. What will keep you drafting, and make readers fly through the...

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How to Set Your Writing Goals brainstorming productivity

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." Have you heard this saying before? Many writers dream of finishing their novel one day, but if you truly want to achieve it, you need to turn that dream into a goal. And a deadline is just one part of setting writing goals!

As with any big adventure, you need...

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Is Your Novel Ready to Publish? publishing revising self publishing

We all want our novels to be the absolute best they can be before we send them out into the world. But perfect is the enemy of good— and perfectionism can be an excuse to procrastinate.

So what’s a writer supposed to do? How do we know when our perfectionism is really just our ...

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How to Take a Writing Break without Losing Momentum drafting productivity writer's block

You may be familiar with the advice to "write every day.” You may have even created a writing ritual or routine to help you with that, but are there ever reasons you should take a break from writing? 

Resting can recharge us and refill our creative wells so that we’re more...

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5 Tips for Line Edits revising

Completing a full draft of a novel is no small feat. Neither is going on to complete rounds of developmental (or "story level") revisions until your plot, character arcs, setting, and worldbuilding are in tip-top shape.

However, now comes the next phase of your writing journey:...

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What is a Sensitivity Reader? critique partners publishing research revising

The books we write reflect the world around us, whether they’re contemporary, fantasy, or even futuristic. It only makes sense that our stories should also represent the diversity of the people around us! Doing so enrichens our books and allows more readers—across all...

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How to Start Revising Your Novel revising

Congratulations! You’ve finished the first, or “draft zero” of your novel! Where do you go from here? How do you even begin to wrap your mind around the process of taking your thousands of words from a messy draft to a polished novel?  

We've got you covered!...

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How Do You Fix a Sagging Middle? drafting plotting writer's block

It's always fun to embark on a new writing voyage. Driven by an intriguing premise, compelling characters, or thrilling plot twists in the wings, the beginning of the drafting process is often the most exciting part. However, it’s not uncommon to eventually encounter a dip in momentum,...

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How to Write Stellar Supporting Characters character creation

A supporting character, or secondary character, is a person in your protagonist’s world that adds depth, conflict, and complexity to their journey. Think of characters like Han Solo in Star Wars, Annabeth and Grover in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, or The...

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