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    How To Pace a Novel for Beginners

    There are many tips on how to pace a novel: plot points, percentages, guidelines, oh my! It can be confusing to know how to actually implement these tips while drafting your story. I mean we know where these events fall in relation to each other—the rising action leads to the climax which leads to the resolution—but how do we time these events and make sure we stay on course? Well, I’ll discuss the general rules for pacing a novel, how to actual write using them, and how to not overwhelm yourself. Let’s go! General Rules for Pacing Plot points are the most basic guide when plotting your story. I’m sure…

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    From Inspiration to Publication: How To Navigate the Creative Writing Process

    Though the process of writing something wonderful is far from easy, it’s a small part of the bigger process: becoming an author. Whether you want to have best-selling books in every store, make it to number one on Kindle or iBooks, or create your own author store, the process is always similar. To go from idea to a complete book to a profitable book, you must understand what you want for the work. Think about your biggest dreams for your writing and keep that in mind as you begin the process. So whether you are starting your writing career or are just curious, I will walk you through the creative…

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    I Have a Great Story Idea—What Should I Do With It as an Amateur Writer?

    You’ve thought up a wonderful idea for a story you are eager to write. Once you’ve brainstormed some more, you have a solid plot and are sure people will enjoy it. But, now what? Your first thought is probably to write a book, which is the preferred medium of many writers, especially beginner writers. Hold on, though, because writing a book is only one option, and some stories work so much better when written in a different form. Beginner writers often stick to writing novels, short stories, and poems because they are more simple mediums and don’t require much upfront knowledge. However, many writers get stuck as their writing style…

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    How To Create Vivid and Memorable Fantasy and Sci-Fi Worlds in Creative Writing

    Memorable worlds in creative writing allow the reader to truly feel a part of them. The characters and scenery come alive to create a place we can disappear within. And, sometimes we love these worlds so dearly that we create pieces of them in our own world (take Harry Potter World at Disney). But how do we create these memorable worlds in creative writing? And what is it that makes them so memorable? Writing a story that readers can get lost in requires worlds that feel real and alive. The world your story takes place in may be entirely based on our own world, or it may be a world…

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    Unique Writing Prompts for Adults with PDF Printable

    Expand your writing skills with short prompts perfect for short stories. These single sentence writing prompts can spark inspiration for story ideas, and can help break through writer’s block. I’ve also included a free PDF printable so you can print these out and keep them close. So, here are 20 short story writing prompts for adults! He slammed into the door and suddenly, he was gone. The unrelenting shadows circled me. That was the day we lost the conquest, and that was the day the birds ceased to sing. “Your strange desperation is beginning to break our lives.” The lighthouse held the treasure, but only I knew the nightmare it…

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    20 Complex Questions To Ask When You Write a Novel

    To write a strong, impactful novel, it’s necessary to ask yourself a few questions. All writers are constantly thinking, “How can I make this better?”. However, many writers get stuck trying to find the answer to that question. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you can run through the following questions to help you understand what’s missing from your novel (if anything is). Not all the questions will apply to your story; feel free to skip any that you don’t find useful. I’ve included a bunch of questions that can fit as many scenarios as possible. So, here are some questions to ask when you write a novel:…

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    Simple Guide to World Building in Creative Writing

    The worlds of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter are some examples of stories that capture the importance of world-building. You find yourself immersed in their worlds with unique characters, entire fictional languages, and extensive histories. Some of these worlds seem so complex, that it’s daunting to try creating something similar. Don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need to create something as detailed, though. These worlds are developed over multiple books, and often over different platforms. If you are wanting to write a novel or screenplay, you just need to build up the basics. You can continue to add as your stories grow. In this post, we’ll…

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    What To Do With Your Amazing Story Ideas

    Okay, I have some great story ideas! But, what do I do with it? If you’re anything like me, you have a list of story ideas that are sitting around waiting to be turned into the next greatest story. But, most don’t ever become anything more than an idea. And, some ideas are good, but they just aren’t good enough to do anything with. Others are perfect but continue to sit for a number of other reasons. You never know which idea will turn into the ‘next big thing’ so it’s good to give them a chance. But, you can’t write an entire novel for every idea you have, so…

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    The One Thing Everyone Writing a Book Should Know

    If someone told me this when I was starting my writing career, I would probably have a dozen books written by now. Instead, I spent years feeling like my writing was inferior and in turn, procrastinating the stories I wanted to write. But, in recent months, I’ve learned something and I think it might help you to hear it. This is what anyone who wants to write a book should know. You will almost certainly hold yourself back in some way because it’s in our nature as humans to criticize ourselves and our work harshly. And though this can be somewhat annoying, I think it also has its benefits. This…

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    How To Begin Your Writing Career

    A career in writing can look different for many, and is usually far from what people imagine it to be. Some are technical writers who spend their time meticulously creating manuals, guides, and similar works. Others dive deep into their imagination to create their next novel. Some work set schedules for a company with job security and routine while some decide their own schedules, answering to no one but themselves. However unique writing careers can be, they most often start the same way. And, if you’ve decided to commit to becoming a professional writer, you may be unsure where or how to start. If so, you have found the right…