3 Tools for Plotting As You Write: Plotting for Pantsers

There's a difference between planning each step in a journey, and just knowing where you're going next. There are all types of writers, and no one can tell any other writer how to work their craft. All they can do...

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Between First Draft and Test Readers

Between a rough draft and the first test reader lies a crucial and oft-neglected expanse. Some first-time writers plow forward and find an alpha reader right off, someone to read the stacks of pages before the ink on the...

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Harness the Power of the Subplot

Subplots seem to be a bit of a dirty word in a world that now views itself in terms of under-represented categories. While the prefix “sub” technically sets these story lines below the main plot of the story, subplots...

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Alpha and Beta Readers: Building A Quality Control Team

Products of all kinds go through testing before distribution to the general public. Books undergo that same type of scrutiny by carefully selected test readers, though the process can be more effective with some research and time investment. Writers, consider...

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Dear Readers and Lovers of Books, Suspend Your Disbelief

Dear Readers and Lovers of Books:   A good book effects us in a special way, doesn't it? After the first pages, you find yourself wrapped up tightly in it and gloriously happy to lose all sense of time, place, and...

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5 Essential Questions to Create a Great Main Character

Fiction begins in different places for different creators. Sometimes the main character stands out and demands a starring role in something, but the writer figures out what happens around them. Other times, the concept and themes come out clearly,...

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Research for Creative Writing

What you need determines where you go, and how you get there. Sounds logical, right? Well, it is, especially related to writers’ research. Interesting fact, research has two different meanings, depending on its use as a noun or as a...

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Story Mechanics: World-Building with Purpose

There are few things fantasy/sci-fi fans love more than a new, rich world ready to swallow them up for a great story! I know I love it. Creating a world, or world-building as the writers call it, can be...

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A Guide for Navigating Genre

“What do you write?” and “What do you read?” are the most asked questions between writers and readers. Our responses are typically a collection of common genre types. “I like biographies”, “I read a little of this, a little...

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10 Photography Rules that Can Transform Your Writing

Rules of one art can often be applied to others. All it takes is looking at it from a new perspective. Photography, for instance, can teach writers how to operate effectively (and creatively) within the limits of their wordy...

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