by Helena Fairfax
Prologue and Epilogue. Do they have a use? Should they be used? Can you have one without the other?
First of all, the Prologue. Oh, the dreaded question of the prologue for writers. How I’ve agonised over this at times.
According to my useful friend Wikipedia, a prologue is: an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.
Continue reading Prologues and Epilogues – Is There a Point to Them?
by Jordan Jolley
“This Royal throne of kings,
This scepter’d isle…
This blessed plot,
This earth, this realm,
It seems in our fantastic literature, a European setting is what usually comes into our mind. This is with good reason. When I read fantasy books, I notice that the setting is often comparable to English, Irish, or Norse cultures. I actually quite enjoy this setting.
Continue reading Is Europe Becoming a Cliché?
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing it.
Also known as: every writer’s worst nightmare.
And let’s be real, it happens to everyone. Even the best writers in the world get stuck sometimes.
Continue reading 6 Ways to Transition Out of Writer’s Block
by Destine Williams
Conflict, conflict, conflict. The C-word.
We shrug from it in real life, and yet we demand it in our fiction or we feel cheated.
And today I’m here to tell you that if you’re writing a scene where two characters are about to go at each other’s throat and you’re getting ready to make them see sense in the same scene…
Let them fight. And here’s why…
Continue reading Workshop Wednesday: Let Them Argue
by Whitney Carter
If you’re anything like me, I have a hard time writing if I can’t get a story’s hook correct. It will bother the daylights out of me, so that I write a sentence or two, then go back and try to edit the first line, which usually results in having to hit the backspace button on the following sentences as well. Even the tried and true advice to write now and edit later is only minimally effective here.
Continue reading A Look at Effective Novel Intros
by Kelsie Engen
The moment you think you know everything about writing, that’s the moment your writing plateaus.
Last week I talked about why writers should read voraciously. But that was a post focused on fiction. You know, reading in the genre you write. For instance, if you write fantasy, you ought to be familiar with fantasy and read it near daily.
Continue reading Why You Should Read About Writing
by Meg Dowell
For the first week of 2017, because of the new year, I did not write any articles. Clients either weren’t ready to assign them yet or they were having me work on other projects (because being a content creator means you get to write marketing emails too).
For many of you, this probably doesn’t sound like that big a deal. But you have to understand that the nature of my work resulted in me writing over 500 articles last year – that doesn’t include these blog posts. I write articles. It is what people pay me to do. And having already taken a week off of work between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, enduring another week without producing an article was like going without food: it was unbearable.
Continue reading Why You’re Not You When You’re Not Writing
by Samantha Fenton
You’re ready to start writing another book. Writing’s a habit, or to some an addiction. Why wouldn’t you be writing? You really, really need to start another writing project. The only problem: finding that perfect idea to write about.
What should your next book be about?
Continue reading On Your Next Great Book Idea
by Allison Maruska
A friend emailed me a question. She’s written a book and is considering what to do with it.
Her question: “How do you self-publish on Amazon?”
She didn’t mean what buttons to push on KDP that makes the book go live. She meant: “What are the steps necessary to prepare a book for publication?”
Continue reading Four Questions to Ask Before You Hit “Publish”
by Millie Ho
I’ve always wondered how Breaking Bad managed to get away with so many cliffhanger episode endings AND leave us with a feeling of completeness at the same time.
After re-watching the series for the second time, I think I have the answer: closure.
Continue reading Why Closure is Important in Cliffhangers