Fiction How-to

Conscious Language: Writing with Respect and Compassion

Guest post by Crystal Shelley Writers have many factors to keep in mind when trying to decide what words to put down on paper or type on a keyboard, such as their audience, message, and intent. Another important element to consider is how their language can affect...

Give a Little, Take a Little

Delivering—and Receiving—Negative Feedback in a Constructive Way by Sabine Berlin with Sandi Larsen Constructive feedback (often seen in the writer’s head as negative feedback) is a hard pill to swallow. Nobody wants to be told the story they’ve devoted hours, months,...

What to Do When Your Imagination Fails to Translate to the Page

by Amy Michelle Carpenter and Angela Woiwode with Angela Eschler Writers possess active imaginations as well as an eagerness to share what those imaginations produce, and so it’s frustrating when what’s in our head fails to translate to the page.  There are many...
Choosing Your Fiction Title

Choosing Your Fiction Title

by Marla Buttars Coming up with a title can make even veteran authors groan in agony. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these original titles we found in an article from The Huffington Post: All’s Well That Ends Well  sends a much different message than War and...

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The Rules for Magic, Powers, and Awesome Skills

The Rules for Magic, Powers, and Awesome Skills

  by Angela Eschler and Lindsay Flanagan Super-spies and superheroes. Ninjas and mysterious nomads. Magicians and monsters. Spaceships and species. (The story glands are salivating!) But there are some "rules" to consider before you dive in and go crazy with the...

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I Wrote 25K Words in Less Than Three Days

I Wrote 25K Words in Less Than Three Days

And You Can Do It Too! by Rachelle J. Christensen I just returned from a fabulous writing retreat where I killed my writing goals, and I can’t wait to tell you about the simple methods I used to write 25,000 words, or roughly 120 double-spaced pages, in two and a half...

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Writing Software—Which is Best?

Writing Software—Which is Best?

by Annette Lyon Q. What is the best software to write with? A. USA-Today best-selling author says Scrivener for writing and Microsoft Word for editing.   Writing Time-Saver and Organization Heaven Annette Lyon: I use Scrivener mostly for drafting and revision....

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Writing Software—Which is Best?

Writing Software—Which is Best?

by Annette Lyon Q. What is the best software to write with? A. USA-Today best-selling author says Scrivener for writing and Microsoft Word for editing.   Writing Time-Saver and Organization Heaven Annette Lyon: I use Scrivener mostly for drafting and revision....

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How to Write Fight Scenes

How to Write Fight Scenes

By Emilee Newman Bowles Fight scenes are some of the hardest scenes to follow in a book, and so they are some of the hardest to write well. Remember that you’re not writing a screenplay, and readers will get bored with page after page of kicks and punches—or they’ll...

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How to Add Humor to Your Book

How to Add Humor to Your Book

By Emilee Newman Bowles Waka-waka! Humor has a place in every genre, even if you’re not writing comedy. Using subtle humor can lighten weighty nonfiction topics and engage readers more. And more engaging books could mean more "checks written by editors." But comedy in...

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