How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel

I’m currently plotting/researching my fifth novel and my first in about four years, so it might as well be my debut. 😛 I happened to see this article in my email today and had to share! You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you canContinue reading “How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel”

6 Plot Alternatives To ‘The Quest’ In Fantasy Fiction • Writer’s Edit

While writers the world over struggle to craft truly original stories, theorists spend their time identifying ways in which they are actually all the same. Joseph Campbell famously reduced the number of stories to just one: The Hero’s Journey, as outlined in his influential 1949 work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In more recentContinue reading “6 Plot Alternatives To ‘The Quest’ In Fantasy Fiction • Writer’s Edit”

Guest Post: Evolution of a Story by Cheryl Headford

Inspiration for stories come from all kinds of places, and sometimes it takes me on some strange journeys. My chains of thought are often…interesting, and it was certainly the case with Project X. It all started with a train journey to work. On the train, I was pondering a conversation two boys were having aboutContinue reading “Guest Post: Evolution of a Story by Cheryl Headford”

This Is How to Transform Info Dumps Into Exciting Plot Reveals – Helping Writers Become Authors

Mysteries, clues, and plot twists are great for hooking readers–as long as they aren’t powered by info dumps. Here are 5 principles for creating exciting plot reveals… Source: This Is How to Transform Info Dumps Into Exciting Plot Reveals – Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness” – Helping Writers Become Authors

Want readers to love your book so much they’ll re-read it? If so, you can start by learning how to evoke reader emotions that both surprise and satisfy. Source: How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness” – Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness” – Helping Writers Become Authors

Want readers to love your book so much they’ll re-read it? If so, you can start by learning how to evoke reader emotions that both surprise and satisfy. Source: How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness” – Helping Writers Become Authors

Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance: The 3 Negative Arcs (Part 2 of 2) – Helping Writers Become Authors

Writing a tragedy or dark story? Here’s a beat-by-beat look at the three Negative Arcs–the Disillusionment Arc, the Fall Arc, and the Corruption Arc. Source: Learn 5 Types of Character Arc at a Glance: The 3 Negative Arcs (Part 2 of 2) – Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor – Helping Writers Become Authors

  To discover what thematic metaphor your plot is offering from amid its characters’ entertaining adventures, all you have to do is ask the right questions. Source: How to Make Your Plot a Powerful Thematic Metaphor – Helping Writers Become Authors

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit

Recently, we delved into what makes a great opener for a novel, covering the key elements to include in your first chapter. But just as there are important elements you should aim to include, there are also elements you should strive to avoid. As we discussed previously, your first chapter has the power to make or break yourContinue reading “7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit”

7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit

The importance of your novel’s first chapter cannot be overestimated. It’s the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to hook readers, agents and publishers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there’s no predetermined formula for a perfect first chapter. Every story is different, and so is every openingContinue reading “7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit”