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5 Ways to Kickstart your Writing with Prompts and Quickwrites

Reading Time: 6 minutes Writing prompts are tools found in abundance in the writing world. There are hundreds of prompt generators and character creators to be found all over the web. However, when working through our novels, poetry anthologies, or short stories, we can skip over quick-writing as a tool of inspiration when so focused on our larger works. … Read More

5 Tips for Writing Captivating Dialogue

Reading Time: 6 minutes Theoretically, dialogue should be simple to write.  We talk to several people daily, we form our own conversations, and we listen to discussions all around us. With so many real life examples, shouldn’t it be easy to craft written dialogue that sounds as good as spoken conversation? Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. Dialogue in … Read More

6 Tips to Keep your Side Characters from Falling to the Sidelines

Reading Time: 6 minutes Every good novel has a fascinating and relatable protagonist. The best novels pair their protagonists with a cast of intriguing side characters. While they may not be the stars of your show, side characters are so important for world building, plot development, and the character growth of your protagonist. Despite their importance, it can be … Read More

7 Tips for Crafting Effective Foreshadowing

Reading Time: 7 minutes Foreshadowing. Every good story has it, but not every author feels comfortable writing it. When done correctly, this literary element has a mesmerizing, suspenseful effect, but when done incorrectly, it can be confusing, misleading, or too direct. Finding the balance between too subtle and too revealing can a challenge for any writer. If you struggle … Read More

Sentence Length and Paragraph Size— Is it all Personal Preference?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sentences and paragraphs make up the bread and butter of your writing. It’s what your readers will encounter over and over again. Sentence and paragraph length often hallmark writers and become the first thing that stands out about their writing. When you’ve written enough, you’ll tend to find certain structures comfortable. Today we’ll go under … Read More

6 Tips to Write a Hook that will Ensnare Your Readers

Reading Time: 6 minutes Your book is your product, and like any great product, you’ve got to show it off, describe it, and relate it to your customer quickly if you have any hope of getting it off the shelves and into your customer’s shopping cart.  No, we’re not talking about book-signings, posters, and other external marketing. You need … Read More

11 Ways to Bring your Characters to Life

Reading Time: 6 minutes Audiences celebrate artists whose works spring to life. But giving ‘life’ to inanimate objects requires immense skill and attention. In a writer’s case, it’s words on a page. But how can life spring from little lines of ink? Here’s 11 ways to bring your characters off the page to lodge themselves in a reader’s imagination. … Read More