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How to Make Money Writing Your Book

A little article on how you can make money writing books and selling them on your website.

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How to Write a Byronic Hero

writing the Byronic hero

How and When to write a Byronic Hero: the traits and uses of this popular character type.

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Choosing Names for Fictional Characters

Q&A Tips on how writers can choose names for fictional characters

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Creating Fictional Characters

creating fictional characters

Tips on creating fictional characters to fulfill dramatic roles in your story.

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Writing a Mary Sue

Mary Sue Characters

The problems and challenges with writing a Mary Sue character. When is it okay and when is it not?

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Story Goal Questions and Answers

Story Goal Questions and Answers, submitted by visitors.

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How to Write a Prologue

How to Write a Prologue

Do you need to write a prologue for your novel? If so, here's how to do it right.

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Filler Chapters

Filler Chapters: Why nothing in your novel should be filler.

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How to do a phone conversation?

Question: In my book there are a couple time when a character is talking on a phone or through an ear piece to someone. How would I do the conversation?

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What to do if your novel is too short?

When your novel is too short

What do do if your novel is too short? Developing vs padding a story.

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Choosing a Book Title

Choosing a Book Title Q&A

questions and answers on choosing a book title that fits your novel or nonfiction manuscript.

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How to Write Scenes

how to write a scene

How to write scenes in a novel or short story

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The 12 Jungian Character Archetypes

Jungian table

The 12 jungian character archetypes you can use in fiction writing

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Writing Stories in Second Person

writing in second person

Writing stories in second person -- is it a good idea?

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Write Compelling Story Ideas: Online Course

compelling story ideas

Write Compelling Story Ideas: an online creative writing course on finding great ideas for stories quickly and easily.

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How Much Development of Characters Who Die?

Question: I've been experimenting with ways to heighten the tension in my plot while tying it in with the world I created. In my story, I want to hammer

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Psychosis, Bonding and Deception

Question: Okay, so I am writing a book about a Psychiatrist and his patient who suffers from antisocial personality disorder and psychosis, but I don't

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Survey: What do you want in an Online Writing Course?

Fellow Writers: Please take a few minutes to let me know your thoughts about what sort of online writing courses we should offer in the future.

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Online Creative Writing Courses

Online creative writing courses to empower writers of all levels.

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Novel Writing Advice, Self-Publishing Advice, Publishing novels as a teenager

Hi! Thanks for reading! Here are my questions! 1. How do I choose a title for my novels / books? 2. How do I check my grammar if I self-publish my novels?

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Write a Horror Story: 6 Dark Secrets

writing horror

Dark secrets you must unearth to effectively write a horror story.

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How to Write a Thriller

writing thriller

How to write a thriller story.

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Novel Factory Writing Software

A review of the Novel Factory novel writing software.

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How do I make plot device companion character feel alive?

Question: okay ... so ... I am changing the plot of my novel to integrate a new plot. As a part of this, I'm realizing that I need a sort of friend/companion

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Is there such a thing as a delusional character arc?

Question: I am writing a fantasy novel. Strangely I am having great success with all my characters EXCEPT my protagonist. In attempt to focus in on and

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Romance Plots

classic romance plots

Romance plots you can adapt in your own writing

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How to Write a Romance

romance fiction

Planning to write a romance novel? Here's how...

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How to reveal powers that the main character knows they have?

Question: My character has superpowers, and she was in a group of heroes so they know, but nobody else knows. How do I reveal these powers to the new group

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Proofreading Your Stories


Proofreading your fiction stories and novels.

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Wordiness (Pt.2 of Line Editing for Fiction Writers)

line editing wordiness

Fix wordiness while line editing your stories.

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Line Editing for Fiction Writers

line editing prose

Line editing is the second phase of self-editing for fiction writers.

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Revising Your Fiction

revising your story

Revising your fiction writing before you attempt publication

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Substantive Self-Editing

substantive self-editing

Substantive Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

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Preparing to Revise a Story

revising a story

Steps to take before you revise a story.

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Writing a fictional account of an actual event

I have just completed a novel that begins (several chapters) with one of the most famous UFO sightings. The incident took place in 1950 and the two real

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Story Structure: "The Lesser Evil"

the lesser evil

Structuring the short story, using "The Lesser Evil" from The Witcher series as an example.

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Name of a Real Hotel

Hello, I am writing my first novel the first part of which takes place in a real hotel in downtown LA. The main character has a job and office space

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Ending your plot lines in tandem or apart?

Question: I have two plot lines. I know which one is major and which one is secondary. Currently they both end more or less in tandem at the end of the

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character development

Question: How do I know when my character has been fully developed? How will I know when to stop adding detail before they become a mess of a character?

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Shallow plot

Question: My plot seems very shallow. It’s about a thirteen year old artist who gets sent away to an island for the summer by her parents. The reason is

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I have no idea how to develop this further

hello everyone, I am writing a novel. The protagonist is Vigdis (the whole story is set in viking Norway) and she essentially flees with her secret lover,

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First chapters

Hi, I'm trying to write a story of an alternate universe of a world revolved around nature (Four regions known as the Springlands, Summerlands, Autumnlands,

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Having Multiple characters.

Question: I am writing a Sci-fi story with a military group injected with a specific serum that gives them certain abilities in fighting aliens. I have

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Story Structure

Question: I want to write a novel about the experiences of four friends living in the 1950s. Can I write a few chapters at the beginning that show their

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Too much happining in each chapter

Question: OK, so I have been writing for a while and I realized that each chapter does the same thing at the end and it took me a while to realize what

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Question: I am writing a story from the viewpoints of three different characters, there are going to be a lot of names throughout the story and I'm unsure

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Is my plot enough?

Question: I'm writing a young adult novel about a boy who comes to Italy to study art for the summer and starts falling in love with the son of the host

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Writing help/feedback

Question: I decided to start writing short stories to improve my writing before getting back to my book and I think they are turning out really good. I

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Psychological horror

Hi I need to write a paper on psychological horror and need a clear definition. Do you have one, and from where to you have it? Sure, I can find one on

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