How to Write Cunning, Clever, and Crafty Characters
My NaNoWriMo novels are full of clever characters, which has baldly reminded me just how difficult it is to write crafty people. I can just see my character acting like Tom Sawyer, but I sometimes …
What Exactly Do I Put in a Writer's Journal? • Teetering On Wisdom
As a writer, you need to have one. Just like you should have a reading journal to help you become a better writer. But, what goes in a writer’s journal?
7 Reasons Weather Is a Writer's Friend - Helping Writers Become Authors
Weather, like most description, is best delivered in small doses, interspersed with the action and dialogue, and offered only when important. Here seven tips!
How to Write a Fandom-Worthy Character (Part 1): “The Complex Heroine”
It’s time to throw away the “strong” heroine trope. Learn how to create a character readers will appreciate far more: the complex heroine! Through the examples of Shuri from Black…
Does Your Story's Sidekick Serve a Purpose? — Well-Storied.
The best friend. The sassy co-worker. The fellow thief on the crew. Our stories’ sidekicks can come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing that unifies them is their potential to aid our protagonists through the toughest times in their personal journeys — and maybe create a little secondary te
Writing Choices That Create Conflict
The Lord of the Rings was huge when it came out. Come on, ninety percent of Led Zeppelin's lyrics are references to Gollum or the Misty Mountains.
How to Write Unexpected Story Events - Helping Writers Become Authors
Want to write stories readers will find unexpected and that will delight them with the realism of your plot twists? Learn about the double switcheroo!
5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book - Helping Writers Become Authors
Discover five of the most important tactics for how to write a sequel that fulfills (and maybe even exceeds) your readers' expectations.
A Secret to Historical Fiction that Won’t Make Historians Cry -
By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer Before suggesting historian-approved ways of actually finding the information you need (next blog post) and exploring philosophies of writing historical fiction (third blog post), I want to explain what the discipline of studying history is and why, when answering writers’ questions, I constantly want to say, “You’re asking this question incorrectly.”
8 Tips For Writing A Fantasy Novel - Rachel Poli
I’m no expert on writing fantasy. But I have written my fair share of the fantasy genre. I’ve written a couple of (totally not flushed out) short stories and I have written a novel or two with a few other ideas. And when I say fantasy I mean I’ve written about mages. I’ve written about wizards and […]
A proven method for writing books quickly and efficiently - Paper Raven Books
Whenever I talk to entrepreneurs and platform-builders about writing books, I hear the same sentiment, “I have a great idea for a book. I just need the time to write it!” Inevitably, there are a dozen other priorities that stand in the way, and the book gets shoved off, year after year. Why do so […]
How to Define Your Characters' Story Goals — Well-Storied.
Are you struggling to finish your first draft, lost in an aimless middle act or lackluster conclusion? Is your manuscript worrisomely bland, lacking a strong narrative thread to draw readers from Point A to Point B? Writer, it’s time to rev up your story’s narrative engine… The surest way to drive
The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time) - Helping Writers Become Authors
Discover the five most important secrets of good storytelling--which also happen to be the five most common problems in modern books and movies.
Conquer your fear of writing with these 5 top strategies
When I was in my early twenties, I did too. I told people I wanted to write a book. There was just one problem. I wasn’t writing anything.