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My characters almost never know why they are doing what they are doing until the end.

D. L. Nixon

My characters almost never know why they are doing what they are doing until the end.

How to write YA fiction - Young adult fiction writing blog cover

How to write YA | Now Novel

Learning how to write YA requires understanding the age group that reads this type of fiction. Learn 10 things that will help you write young adult novels.

How to Write the Beginning of a Novel: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

How to Write the Beginning of a Novel: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

10 Writing Mistakes That Kill Your First Chapter <<<<<<<<<< these are great tips

10 Writing Mistakes that Kill Your First Chapter

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m teaching at a writer’s conference this week, so instead of one of my in-depth posts, I thought I’d create a quick checklist for you. Here are 10 writing mistakes that kill your first chapter (in no particular order). Get them before they get you! #1 – A Boring/Generic First Line(...)

How to Write Arguments with Maximum Punch

How to Write Arguments with Maximum Punch

Arguments are one those things that are both exciting and difficult to write. These are creative writing tips for making sure they have max impact.

editing

Creative Writing is always the fun part and then it gets down to the bolts and nuts turning potential into awesome. 3 Stages of Editing~

When Should Writers Get Critiques?

By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund Recently a newer writer asked me when she should start searching out critiques for her manuscript. Her ...

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EDITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT: HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF - Life Of A Storyteller

Ahh, the editing process. A writer either loves it or despises it to the very pits of hell. I am one of those writers that wants to send editing to the devi

Ready to tighten your manuscript? Check out How to Identify and Cut Your Story's Filler from ShesNovel.com

How to Identify and Cut Your Story's Filler — Well-Storied.

Have you ever read a novel that was far too indulgent for its own good? Perhaps the plot dragged on and on or the prose meandered or the author spent a highly unnecessary amount of time on world-building or the color of their characters' hair. Maybe you weren't exactly sure where the author went wrong, but you know the book could have been at least fifty pages shorter. A touch of fluff bears little consequence, of course, but too much filler can easily weigh a story down. Knowing how…

Blots & Plots:Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Be Your Own Critic - Blots & Plots

Blots & Plots:Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Be Your Own Critic - Blots & Plots

Don't let plot mistakes keep readers from loving your novel. Find and fix your novel's plot holes before your book goes to print. Check out these writing tips from ShesNovel.com

How to Find and Fix Your Story's Plot Holes — Well-Storied.

When spending so much time working on our stories, it can be difficult to see the forest through the trees. This is a phenomenon we discussed in our recent article on the importance of gaining objectivity as we edit. When we're in the thick of revising our stories, we may find ourselves so focused on all the little details that we want to improve that we fail to see some of our stories' biggest weaknesses. And the biggest of all, perhaps, are plot holes. What are plot holes exactly?…

Make Revision with Precision | A blog series via ShesNovel.com

How to Write a Story

Written by Kristen Kieffer, Well-Storied helps authors craft spectacular novels and build the ideal writing lives they crave.

I like this list--as an editor AND writer.

I like this list--as an editor AND writer.

Jumping into your second draft without any preparation is a dangerous mistake. Learn what you can do to better prepare yourself for success in 10 Things To Do Before Editing Your First Draft from ShesNovel.com

10 Things to Do Before Editing Your First Draft — Well-Storied.

So, you've finished the first draft of your novel. Congratulations! With a completed draft under your belt, it can be tempting to dive straight into edits, revising all of those pesky plot holes and other weaknesses you created along the way. This, however, would likely be a big mistake. Revising is a massive undertaking, requiring plenty of planning and objective thinking. With that in mind, let's take a look at ten smart steps you can take before launching head first into the…

Laura Lee: Naming Your Novel

Naming Your Novel

*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.* Note: How careful you have to be naming your nove...

characters

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33 Ways to Write a Stronger Character and why that should be your #1 concern via ShesNovel.com

33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters — Well-Storied.

Are you ready to breath life into your story? Creating characters that are as real, tangible, and complex as the people around us is certainly easier said than done, but it's also necessary. If we fill our stories with caricatures and cardboard cutouts, they're sure to fall flat, right? Fortunately, crafting well-developed characters doesn't have to be as overwhelming and unfocused a process as you may think. Well-developed characters are complex and nuanced, and while the process of…

As a writer, creating characters is probably the most important thing you do. Get it wrong, and the story will be wrong no matter how well plotted. Here are 25 things to know.

25 Things About Creating Characters

As a writer, creating characters is probably the most important thing you do. Get it wrong, and the story will be wrong no matter how well plotted.

What's your character's motivation? #TheWritersCircle

What's your character's motivation? #TheWritersCircle

How to Create Character Motivations That Will Rivet Your Readers from the How to Write a Story Guide series on ShesNovel.com

How to Craft Powerful Character Motivations — Well-Storied.

For readers to care what happens next in your story, they must first care about your characters. It’s your job as a writer to foster this reader-character connection, to build the bridge that encourages readers to invest in your characters’ stories. Establishing your characters’ motivations isn’t the only way to encourage this reader-character connection, but it is a surefire way to lend context to your characters’ actions. With context in place, readers can then decide whether your…

How to Craft a Killer Goal for Your Hero via ShesNovel.com

How to Define Your Character's Story Goal — Well-Storied.

Are you ready to get your plot rolling? The first step to creating epic conflict for your story is to define your characters’ goals. When you know what your characters want, you know what action they’ll take. And if you craft your protagonist’s and antagonist’s goals with purpose in mind, the actions they take are sure to lead to some pretty awesome conflict. Not sure what your characters want to achieve? Let’s dive into today’s lesson!

The Epic Villain Breakdown: How to Create a Powerful Antagonist from the How To Write A Story guide on ShesNovel.com

The Four Main Types of Epic Antagonists — Well-Storied.

Every story needs a good villain, right? Well, not so fast… Stories need conflict, certainly, but conflict doesn't have to come at the hands of a cackling, mustache-twirling supervillain. There's more than one way to shape your story's antagonist! In fact, there are four main types of antagonists that appear in fiction, and I can't wait to break them all down with you today. Which type of antagonist is best for your story? How can you make each type a true stand-out success? Read on for…

The Ultimate Guide To Nailing Your Character's Appearance | How To Write A Story guide | She's Novel

How to Capture Your Character's Appearance — Well-Storied.

Writers often enjoy crafting their characters' appearances, yet just how important is appearance in the grand scheme of your story? Well, that depends. In some instances, appearance plays a large role, informing a character's struggle, defining important cultural context, lending representation to under-served readers, and so on. Yet for most stories, a character's specific height or hair color bears little sway on the plot. Does this mean defining our characters' looks is unimportant?…

Creating a relatable main character is the key to writing a story that will hook your readers in. But what makes your hero or heroine relatable? Click through to discover the answer and some killer writing tips!

How to Encourage Readers to Invest in Your Story By Crafting Relatable Characters — Well-Storied.

We want readers to connect with our characters, to step inside their shoes and invest in their journeys. But creating that easy connection between reader and character isn’t always a clear-cut process. Do our characters need to be, in some way, relatable for readers to connect with their stories? In my opinion, yes, but perhaps not in the way you might think. Today, writer, let’s cut through the chaos and get straight to the point. If you want to encourage readers to invest in your…

6 Ways to Get Your Readers Shipping Like Crazy

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Does Your Story's Sidekick Serve a Purpose? | She's Novel

Does Your Story's Sidekick Serve a Purpose? — Well-Storied.

The best friend. The sassy co-worker. The fellow thief on the crew. Our stories’ sidekicks can come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing that unifies them is their potential to aid our protagonists through the toughest times in their personal journeys — and maybe create a little secondary tension along the way! With such strong purposes to serve, one would think that crafting sidekicks would be a cinch, but it’s not often that a truly sensational right-hand character finds their…

Your Character's Appearance - Get To Know Them | The Ultimate Guide to Nailing Your Character's Appearance from She's Novel

How to Capture Your Character's Appearance — Well-Storied.

Writers often enjoy crafting their characters' appearances, yet just how important is appearance in the grand scheme of your story? Well, that depends. In some instances, appearance plays a large role, informing a character's struggle, defining important cultural context, lending representation to under-served readers, and so on. Yet for most stories, a character's specific height or hair color bears little sway on the plot. Does this mean defining our characters' looks is unimportant?…

planning & plotting

How to Cut the Crap and Research Your Novel Effectively | How To Write A Story Guide | She's Novel

How to Research Your Novel Effectively — Well-Storied.

Whether you love it or hate it, researching a novel is no easy task. The good news is that the research process doesn't have to be a pluck-out-your-own-eyeballs kind of event. By getting savvy in our research techniques and creating an epic plan of attack, we can say goodbye to the endless web-surfing cycle of doom and hello to focused, intentional, and highly effective research — and it doesn't even have to be a bore! But where in the world do we begin in tackling such a task? And how…

It's impossible to figure out how to outline any one aspect of your story in isolation. Instead, learn 3 ways to "bob and weave" from one to the next.

3 Tips for Weaving Together Your Story's Pieces (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 6) - Helping Writers Become Authors

It's impossible to figure out how to outline any one aspect of your story in isolation. Instead, learn 3 ways to "bob and weave" from one to the next.

If the end of a book does not please the reader, the story might not remain in the readers’ heart. The end is a very important part of a novel and it remains in the reader’s heart when the story finishes. Check out these 5 different types of endings. #narrative #writing #infographic #stories #books #authors

The Week in Writing: My Favorite Posts & Tips 3/21/14

Here are a few of my favorite writing-related things and articles that I was reading this week.

How to Overcome Writing Doubts and Rock Your Novel Style via ShesNovel.com

How to Work Through Writing Doubts — Well-Storied.

French author Honore de Balzac once wrote, “When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” I find this quote to be incredibly powerful in and of itself because it recognizes a key misstep taken in much of the advice surrounding the phenomenon of self-doubt. Rather than being an obstacle to overcome or an enemy to defeat, doubt is simply the reality of a choice: will I place faith in myself or will I place faith in my fear? The truly wild reality is that neither of these…

How To Write A Novel Outline (like the lady boss you are) from the How To Write A Story guide on ShesNovel.com

Finding the Novel Outlining Process that Works for You — Well-Storied.

There’s nothing more nebulous than trying to produce a decent outline for your novel. With dozens of outlining methods to choose from, all of which seem to work well for some writers but not for others, defining the outlining process that works best for you and your stories can be more than a little intimidating. How much detail do you need to include? Is outlining really necessary? Isn't there a better way? Writers, it's time to cut through the chaos and get down to business. Let's…

12 Unusual Productivity Hacks to Help You Write Faster | Inc.com

12 Unusual Productivity Hacks to Help You Write Faster

You can produce high-quality content more efficiently (and without wanting to bang your head up against a wall).

How to Write a Story | A blog series via ShesNovel

How to Write a Story

How to Write a Story | A blog series via ShesNovel

3 Awesome Plot Structures For Building Bestseller (plus plotting tips for multi-povs and series) | She's Novel

3 Awesome Plot Structures For Building Bestsellers — Well-Storied.

Novels are just like houses. Houses have rooms and residents. Novels have chapters and characters. Houses have curb appeal. Novels have pretty covers. Houses and novels both take a while to build, and the end results for both aren't worth much if they weren't built on a solid foundation. And when it comes to novels, that solid foundation is a well-planned plot structure. This may not seem like a big deal at first. Just let the story tell itself, right? That route may seem easy and…

It's like giving your characters a goal, and then placing blocks in their path to kep them from achieving their goals.  without it, your story 'saps'

It's like giving your characters a goal, and then placing blocks in their path to kep them from achieving their goals. without it, your story 'saps'

Good to remember!

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Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders - one of the best things we ate last week. Only 4 simple ingredients - chicken, bacon, brown sugar and chili powder. They only take about 5 minutes to make and are ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Sweet and salty in one bite!

Beginner's Novel Writing Tips by The Novel Factory: Mystery Plot Template…

Mystery Plot Template / Story Beats / Roadmap

In the Novel Factory , we use a Universal Storyline template based on the Hero's Journey, and we've created a few more targeted structure t...

Sometimes, you want to hide the bad guys in your story to fool your readers--and your characters! Click to learn 5 tricks for camouflaging your villain!

5 Ways to Hide Your Villain In Plain Sight - Ink and Quills

Sometimes the scariest villain is the one you didn't see coming. Use your reader's expectations of villains to hide your baddie right under their nose!

Infographic – 6 ways to bring setting to life via @NowNovel | #writing #writingtips #storytelling

Setting Infographic for Writers | Now Novel

Setting is an important element of any novel. This infographic will help you to write settings that are believable and immersive.

An Introduction to World-Building | She's Novel

An Introduction to World-Building — Well-Storied.

If there's anything I've learned as a writer, it's that building a fictional world is easier said than done. When well-developed, a fictional world feels realistic and approachable, even if it contains otherworldly elements such as magic or time travel. But behind the approachable facade lies the blood, sweat, and tears of the world's creator, who hand-crafted everything from its geography, religions, cultures, technologies, political systems, and more. Each of these elements affects…

How to Rock Your Story's Tension. Make your Story Stand Out From the Crowd. From the How to Write a Story guide series on ShesNovel.com

How to Weave Threads of Tension Through Your Story — Well-Storied.

Every story is a carefully woven tapestry of tensions. And while narrative tensions can vary in both nature and magnitude, every form of tension has the power to create dissonance that’s vital to a story’s success. It’s this dissonance, the divide between a character and an object of their desire, that will keep readers turning pages, eager to see how tensions will resolve. But not all threads of tension are created equal — and some are far too easy to snap. How can you ensure a deft…

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Home Apothecary Tour | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Home Apothecary Tour - The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Take a tour of the many and varied herbs, flowers, teas and oils in my home apothecary.

autumn wood walk

Child in time

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Pieces of, Me..

Pieces of, Me..

autumn cozy aesthetics

autumn cozy aesthetics

coffee and books for everyone 👻

rrantiques: “ via Eclectic Revisited ”

The Beldam

thebeldam

Fall leaves bike ride autumn aesthetic

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Fall leaves bike ride autumn aesthetic

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Skräddar Djurberga fäbod Dalecarlia Sweden

Skräddar Djurberga fäbod Dalecarlia Sweden

Photo by: Jonna Jinton @ jonnajinton.se

En dörr till en annan värld

Photo by: Jonna Jinton @ jonnajinton.se

Källslätten, Dalarna.

Källslätten, Dalarna.

Arvselen. Running a fäbod without electricity requires many oil lamps..

Arvselen. Running a fäbod without electricity requires many oil lamps..

I never thought of getting a tattoo but this one is really stylish.

Circle Tattoo: Kurbits discovered by Elina on We Heart It

Image uploaded by Elina. Find images and videos on We Heart It - the app to get lost in what you love.

Mirrors: #Mirror and reflection.

I can see the moon

barnsburntdownnow

fäbod - Sök på Google

fäbod - Sök på Google

The softness of the forest floor.

The softness of the forest floor.

lesbian, lesbians, nostalgica, vintage, drag king, women's history, belle epoque, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950

Epic Gallery: 150 Years Of Lesbians And Other Lady-Loving-Ladies | Autostraddle

Photographs of lesbian, bisexual and otherwise-identified women, 1850-1999. Seriously this is really cool.

This is one of Tracy Porters inspiration for her rugs. #poetic wanderlust #tracy porter from #Feizy rugs

This is one of Tracy Porters inspiration for her rugs. #poetic wanderlust #tracy porter from #Feizy rugs

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På gott och ont

by Jonna Jinton

A swedish summer night. I feel the dewey grass and sense scent of the flowers. The sounds. How wonderful!

A swedish summer night. I feel the dewey grass and sense scent of the flowers. The sounds. How wonderful!

A different type of Art

A different type of Art added a new photo — with María José Pérez Molleda and 3 others.

förtrollningen - Jonna Jinton

Förtrollningen

förtrollningen - Jonna Jinton

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Ljud och musik som inspirerar dig att skriva – HANNA MARIE K

Ljud och musik som inspirerar dig att skriva | HANNA MARIE K

Vad skriver du helst till? Fåglarnas sång, din favoritmusik eller total tystnad? Här är några sätt jag använder ljud och musik för att komma i skrivstämning och väcka inspirationen ur sitt slummer.

Free T-Shirt Design Services | Custom T-Shirt Design RushOrderTees.com™

Custom t-shirt design support on all orders from our professional graphic design department. Call us with urgent overnight or expedited custom requests.

10 Things Writers Don't Know About The Woods - Dan Koboldt

10 facts about the woods that most writers are getting wrong.

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Etched Ink Bottle - Vinegar and Brown Paper

This gorgeous vintage style ink bottle has been hand etched by Vinegar and Brown Paper. It would make a perfect gift for the writerly types or aspiring author.

Merakilabbe on Instagram: “* Writing meditations * ............................................................ After a very deep sensible skype conversations with my…”

262 Likes, 18 Comments - Merakilabbe (@merakilabbe) on Instagram: “* Writing meditations * ............................................................ After a very…”

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My characters almost never know why they are doing what they are doing until the end.

D. L. Nixon

My characters almost never know why they are doing what they are doing until the end.

How to write YA fiction - Young adult fiction writing blog cover

How to write YA | Now Novel

Learning how to write YA requires understanding the age group that reads this type of fiction. Learn 10 things that will help you write young adult novels.

How to Write the Beginning of a Novel: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

How to Write the Beginning of a Novel: 10 Things You Shouldn't Do

10 Writing Mistakes That Kill Your First Chapter <<<<<<<<<< these are great tips

10 Writing Mistakes that Kill Your First Chapter

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m teaching at a writer’s conference this week, so instead of one of my in-depth posts, I thought I’d create a quick checklist for you. Here are 10 writing mistakes that kill your first chapter (in no particular order). Get them before they get you! #1 – A Boring/Generic First Line(...)

How to Write Arguments with Maximum Punch

How to Write Arguments with Maximum Punch

Arguments are one those things that are both exciting and difficult to write. These are creative writing tips for making sure they have max impact.

Creative Writing is always the fun part and then it gets down to the bolts and nuts turning potential into awesome. 3 Stages of Editing~

When Should Writers Get Critiques?

By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund Recently a newer writer asked me when she should start searching out critiques for her manuscript. Her ...

Novel, Novel Drafting, Drafting, Novel Editing, Writing Editing , Editing, Writing, Creative writing, Writing tips, Writing novel, Writing creative, Writing a book, Writing process, Editing checklist, Editing writing.

EDITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT: HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF - Life Of A Storyteller

Ahh, the editing process. A writer either loves it or despises it to the very pits of hell. I am one of those writers that wants to send editing to the devi

Ready to tighten your manuscript? Check out How to Identify and Cut Your Story's Filler from ShesNovel.com

How to Identify and Cut Your Story's Filler — Well-Storied.

Have you ever read a novel that was far too indulgent for its own good? Perhaps the plot dragged on and on or the prose meandered or the author spent a highly unnecessary amount of time on world-building or the color of their characters' hair. Maybe you weren't exactly sure where the author went wrong, but you know the book could have been at least fifty pages shorter. A touch of fluff bears little consequence, of course, but too much filler can easily weigh a story down. Knowing how…

Blots & Plots:Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Be Your Own Critic - Blots & Plots

Blots & Plots:Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Be Your Own Critic - Blots & Plots

Don't let plot mistakes keep readers from loving your novel. Find and fix your novel's plot holes before your book goes to print. Check out these writing tips from ShesNovel.com

How to Find and Fix Your Story's Plot Holes — Well-Storied.

When spending so much time working on our stories, it can be difficult to see the forest through the trees. This is a phenomenon we discussed in our recent article on the importance of gaining objectivity as we edit. When we're in the thick of revising our stories, we may find ourselves so focused on all the little details that we want to improve that we fail to see some of our stories' biggest weaknesses. And the biggest of all, perhaps, are plot holes. What are plot holes exactly?…

Make Revision with Precision | A blog series via ShesNovel.com

How to Write a Story

Written by Kristen Kieffer, Well-Storied helps authors craft spectacular novels and build the ideal writing lives they crave.

I like this list--as an editor AND writer.

I like this list--as an editor AND writer.

Jumping into your second draft without any preparation is a dangerous mistake. Learn what you can do to better prepare yourself for success in 10 Things To Do Before Editing Your First Draft from ShesNovel.com

10 Things to Do Before Editing Your First Draft — Well-Storied.

So, you've finished the first draft of your novel. Congratulations! With a completed draft under your belt, it can be tempting to dive straight into edits, revising all of those pesky plot holes and other weaknesses you created along the way. This, however, would likely be a big mistake. Revising is a massive undertaking, requiring plenty of planning and objective thinking. With that in mind, let's take a look at ten smart steps you can take before launching head first into the…

Laura Lee: Naming Your Novel

Naming Your Novel

*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.* Note: How careful you have to be naming your nove...

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