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 can do just the opposite.
Source: How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel
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 recent […]
Source: 6 Plot Alternatives To ‘The Quest’ In Fantasy Fiction • Writer’s Edit
As fears arise–whether little niggles or life-threatening monsters–try these five ideas to help you use, live with, and overcome fear as a writer.
Source: How to Overcome Fear as a Writer and Embrace Your Profound Courage – 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 harness the power of culture, color, and myth to enliven your creative writing.
Source: How to Use the Literary Technique of Symbolism to Become a Master Storyteller
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
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
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 your […]
Source: 7 Common Mistakes To Avoid 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 opening […]
Source: 7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter • Writer’s Edit
Writing plot twists is much harder than it looks. As readers, we’re used to devouring mind-blowing twists and turns, marvelling at the cleverness of the writers who devised them. But as writers behind the scenes, it’s difficult to dream up new and innovative ways of subverting readers’ expectations. If you want to write stories that surprise […]
Source: 10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists • Writer’s Edit