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    For Writers,  How To,  Writing Tips

    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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    Write Like a Professional: Take Your Writing From Amateur to Pro

    Can you tell the difference between a professional writer’s work and an amateur’s work? On the surface, you may quickly note grammar, spelling mistakes, and similar aspects that are quick to jump out. But below the surface lies a certain essence found in professional writing that ties it together. And, that’s the key to be able to write like a professional. You may be able to tell the difference even if you can’t pinpoint it. But if you’re looking to write like a professional, knowing what sets it apart is critical. And professional writing doesn’t mean essays and biographies (though it can); it applies to fiction writing, creative writing, in…

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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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    For Writers

    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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    4 Creative Writing Exercises That Will Boost Your Skills

    Writing is a skill; and like with any skill, the more you practice, the better you get. But, how do you practice writing, other than, well, by writing? Well, there are many writing exercises that are designed to target specific aspects of writing, as well as enhance your practice sessions. In today’s post, you’ll learn four writing exercises that will help you to develop your writing and summarizing skills, write more concisely and with more meaning, and see first-hand how you’ve grown as a writer. Writing Prompts One of the most common writing exercises involves using writing prompts. These prompts give you a topic to write about or set specific…

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    How To Write a Horror Story | What Makes Great Horror Stories

    As Halloween approaches, so too do all of the best horror stories. I haven’t spent much time discussing tips and tricks for writing specific genres, but I thought now is the perfect time to go over horror. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to write horror, read on to find out what makes a great scary story. What Makes Great Horror Stories? (How To Write a Horror Story) The elements of a great horror story are usually the same. An excellent horror story evokes fear in the viewer/reader, creates surprise and shock, and feels real. To learn how to evoke fear, you must understand the different types of fear…

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    How To Proofread Your Writing

    Proofreading can seem daunting—especially if you have a large word count. It can seem that no matter how many times you look over your work, you always miss something. And, unfortunately, no matter how observant you are, some mistakes will slip through. Luckily you can minimize these slips by being thorough, patient, and focused when proofreading. Keep reading to learn how to proofread your writing. Proofreading Dos & Donts Do Donts How To Proofread Once you have finished writing your story, essay, article, etc., it’s time to begin proofreading. It’s important to give yourself enough time to properly and thoroughly look over your work, so try not to procrastinate. Use…

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    Common Spelling Mistakes in English

    English can be confusing at times, even for native speakers, expert writers, and linguists. There are so many words that sound the same but are spelled different and mean different things. (These are known as a homophone.) As a writer and as someone who has worked as a freelance editor, I’ve run into plenty of spelling mistakes. These are the ones I’ve noticed people confuse most often. Most Common Spelling Mistakes To vs. Two vs. Too Three words that sound the same but are all spelled different and mean different things are two, to, and too. Two is an easy one because it’s spelling and meaning are both quite different.…