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Character Revealing

Question: Does the Resolution have to be that the detective finds the killer? Or can the reader find out who the killer is by the 4th driver so that the

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Murder Mysteries

Question: Does the main character(s) in a murder mystery, more specifically the narrator, need to be a detective? Can it be someone who is in a completely

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HOW to start a book

Question: I have this genius idea to write a book about the topic that, in the book, breaks our country and starts the 2nd Civil War: LGBTQ+ Rights. I

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Fall Writing Course

Glen will be teaching a Creative Writing course Tuesday evenings this fall at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario. Something to consider if you live in the area.

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How to Write a Book Now Gets a New Look

After a decade, the site was looking a little old fashioned. So I've been working on a giving it a fresher look.

What do you think?

Creating a chronological order?

Question So I'm currently in the planning stage of writing my story. I have many components as its base of a bucket list (and so each wish is a different

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Outstanding Opportunity for Aspiring Authors

Jerry Jenkins, author of 21 New York Times bestsellers is taking a limited number of students in his online writing course, Your Novel Blueprint. The comprehensive program can take you from the idea stage to a finished manuscript in a matter of months. Free introductory workshop on July 23!

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Margaret Atwood's Creative Writing Course

Margaret Atwood is one of the most influential literary voices of our generation. Now you can learn her methods in her first-ever online class. Let the author of "The Handmaid’s Tale" show you how to craft compelling stories—from historical to speculative fiction—that remain timeless and relevant. Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters.

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How to Find a Publisher

How to find a publisher in five essential steps

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Tragedy

Hello, Glen, I love your site and resources. My question is, does a tragedy always have to end with the death of the main character and/or protagonist?

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Online Creative Writing Courses

Take online creative writing courses from high profile professional and famous writers in a variety of genres.

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Dual Biography

Hello. Has anyone written a dual biography of Charles Dickens and Guiseppe Verdi? Both were born at roughly the same time, both wrote with a profound

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Where to go after starting in on your first couple of books

Question: I have started roughly fourteen books since I was twelve years old and i have never went to publishers or proofreaders to look at my work because

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Mystery Novel Planning

Hello, Glen, I thank you for answering my previous question about Mystery Novel Resolution. I've purchased your novel planning workbook and written four

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Introducing the Villan Late

Question: A large part of the plot of my novel involves the main character trying to find out who the villain of the story is. Although the villain is

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Mixing Character Archetypes

Hello! I'm reading Dramatica and trying to get the hang of characters. Specifically, I'm wondering whether it's possible for the antagonist to also be

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Guardian or Contagonist?

Question: If I understand correctly, the guardian and contagonist help the protagonist achieve his goal and tempt him away from it respectively. But what

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Too little consistency with the characters?

Hello First of all, thank you very much for all the useful information and help you’re providing, your website has already helped me a lot. My question

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Finish or not to finish, that is the question.

Question: I know its a crazy question but, I've got a summary for a storyline written already. Should I just create it now and add filler later, or add

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Identifying my book as a memoir versus a novel.

Question: Taken directly from my journals detailing true misadventures involving drug-addicted prostitutes over a two year period, though therefore properly

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Just a Comment and not a question

I've written a novel (going by notes as far back as High School, over 40 years ago), and have pieced everything together and fleshed it out to my satisfaction.

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What are the limits of using IPs in a novel?

Question: Ready Player One references tons of intellectual properties, several of which are integral to the plot. Do you know if the publisher had to clear

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Online Creative Writing Courses

How would you like to learn the art of creative writing from some of the highest selling and most famous writers in the business--including such names as James Patterson and R.L. Stine? And get personal attention from the comfort of your own home? Take a look at this link to find out how.

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Mystery Novel Resolution

Hello, Glen, First of all, thank you for reading my question and providing your valuable suggestions. I wrote around fifty thousand words of my mystery

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Betrayal

Question: This site is exactly what I needed to actually pull out those someday ideas off the shelf, but I can't seem to find anything on character betrayals.

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Flashback as hook?

Question: I am wanting to start my novel with the prologue time jumping following the main characters with their experience with the character who dies

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What constitutes as a Chapter?

Question: You mentioned that some scenes will be part of a chapter while other scenes will be a chapter itself. So i want to know what a chapter is. Is

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W-plot and signposts clarification needed

Dear Glen, First and foremost, so many thanks for your tremendous work and enlightening advice about creative writing ! I have a terminology-(and perhaps

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Including a subplot in a synopsis

Question: Your Steps in Writing a Synopsis is very thorough and helpful. One question I have, however, is how or where to include discussion about a subplot

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need help with main character throughline

Question: I can't seem to come up with the main character throughline for my story that seems right. My story takes place in a world, filled with magic

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How much time should I leave between main events?

Question: I am writing a love story told from four different perspectives. I have about three main events with several parts to each of them. However,

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Group Dynamics

Hi! I was wondering how I could go about creating interesting relationships between a group of characters. I find that I struggle with giving everyone

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Using real name and story in fiction

Question: I am writing a love story about my healing from depression. The format is me writing letters to my counselor and what happens when I fall in

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Dramatica "this scene represents" Dilemma

Question: I've decided to write a total of 64 scenes with 64,000 words. This is my benchmark, but I'm willing to let it grow larger or smaller as needed.

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I am stuck in my writing

Dear Glen, You have helped me before and I hope you can help me again. I am one third through my second novel and feel completely stuck with no idea how

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Should I Have a Sequel Trilogy and am I Overplanning?

Question: I have big ambitions. I'm not yet done my first book, but I know for a fact it will be only the first of a trilogy, and that that trilogy will

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Character Death Reaction

Question: One of my characters is at the brink of death. As much as it pains me, and as hard as I tried to keep her alive, she doesn't have much longer.

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Is this Chapter Important to the Story? (And Another Issue)

Question: I wrote a chapter in which nothing particularly interesting happens. One of the characters (let's call her Anna) hasn't told the two main characters

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Switching Point of Views

Question: I'm currently writing a novel, I'm really proud of it. But, I truly feel as though the audience should see the point of view of not only the

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Memoir

Question: I want to write my memoir. Problem is, all of the articles and books I've read on memoir say that it should include lots of dialogue. Unfortunately,

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Writers Boon: Mini-Review

Looking for more help publishing your novel? Writers Boon offers you an online catalogue of services covering every aspect of the writing and publishing process, including writing, self-publishing, marketing, publicity and selling. (It's also one of this year's 100 Best Websites for Writers.) Worth checking out.

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How to write sensitive topics?

Question: So the main theme of my story is trust and distrust, tying in with the theme, my main character has trust issues. Specifically with men, even

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Prologue, uh... Placement.

Hello, My prologue isn't something very exciting, at least not in my opinion. It has all the necessary hooks to keep people reading, but I fear that,

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Introducing New Characters: when?

Question: I have been told that my self-discovery travel romance novel has too many characters the first chapter. The protagonist is alone for the first

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Do you NEED a plot template?

Hi, I'm starting a new book. I've planned out a lot about the main characters, and know the plot I have in mind in pretty good detail. However, I've recently

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Do you think my book will be well recieved by readers?

Hello, So, I'm writing a love story. Well, it's not really a love story since the woman he ends up with isn't introduced until towards the end. My character

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We Made the Top 100 List Again!

For the second year in a row, How to Write a Book Now has been included in the list of 100 Best Websites for Writers by Write Life. Many thanks to all the readers who recommended us!

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Psychological thrillers

Questions: 1. I want to write a psychological thriller but I'm not sure how to start it or how to create my own, original idea without copying other psychological

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How to make a good villain

Question: I have my story and know pretty much everything, I just feel like my villain is missing something. The villain has a connection to the other

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