3 Cornerstones of Character Development

3 Cornerstones of Character Development

Ask yourself why your favorite fiction novel is your favorite, and you may come up with a plethora of reasons to rave about the novel you’re thinking of. But it is very likely that one of the features that made you fall in love with the story is the characters...
6 Common Fiction Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

6 Common Fiction Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

It’s natural to observe someone accomplishing something, and then wanting to do it yourself. This can include getting a degree, choosing a career, training in a sport, or, just as commonly, deciding to write a novel. However, many jump in headfirst, without taking the...
Five Steps to Get Your Story Unstuck

Five Steps to Get Your Story Unstuck

You had a great idea. Your routine has been consistent. Then, when everything is smooth sailing—you just get stuck. It happens to the best writers out there. Running out of steam and wondering “where do I go from here?” is enough to make many toss a perfectly good...
Planning vs. Pantsing: Which is Right for you?

Planning vs. Pantsing: Which is Right for you?

Whether it’s the next great American novel or a blog post like this, the writing world is split between two approaches: planning and pantsing. Pantsers, who write “by the seat of their pants,” create a story as they are writing. For planners, there are some things to...
How to Write a Sympathetic Villain

How to Write a Sympathetic Villain

This week’s post is from Arianna Fox, author and girlpreneur. She writes young adult fiction and brings insight into what it takes to write a sympathetic villain. “A story is only as good as its villain.” – Luke Taylor The Antagonist Ever since the dawn of...

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