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

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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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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How to Brainstorm the Perfect Novel Idea brainstorming writer's block

What happens when the idea well runs dry? When you open up that shiny new notebook or blank document and all your brain has to offer are cobwebs, dust bunnies, and a giant block of your creativity?

It is absolutely possible to experience writer’s block in the brainstorming phase....

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What is a High-Concept Idea? brainstorming marketing

Have you ever heard a story idea so catchy that it grabs you with just a handful of words, despite the idea itself sounding almost too simple? Dinosaurs in a theme park escaping their enclosures. One day repeating over and over. Cinderella, but as a cyborg. These short descriptions of Jurassic...

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Make Your Antagonist Memorable brainstorming character creation

Antagonists are people, too. Soulless corporations and faceless soldiers play their part when we think of stereotypical “villains,” but the best antagonists are the ones who are just as complex as our heroes. 

It’s probably the first thing that came to mind when you...

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How Do You Find Inspiration? brainstorming writer's block

Inspiration is not something you either have or you don’t. It’s something you can go out and find for yourself, no matter where you are in your writing journey. One of the greatest myths about writing is that successful authors are brimming over with unique ideas, and when they...

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How to Choose the Best Point of View for Your Novel brainstorming drafting

At a glance, writing a novel in a first-person or third-person point of view seems like an easy enough decision. It’s just a pronoun you’re changing, after all.

But choosing your point of view (or POV for short) is more complex than you’d think. First-person and third-person...

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