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5 Things To Avoid When Writing Romantic Relationships

Published August 9, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

Ahh, romance. Not only is it a massively popular genre of its own, it’s also an extremely common element in…

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5 Key Questions To Ask About Character Motivations

Published August 3, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

Creating compelling characters is perhaps the most important aspect of fiction writing. Previously, we’ve explored the processes of crafting believable characters,…

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Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories – Helping Writers Become Authors

Published July 2, 2018 by Jennifer Loring


There’s a dark side to creativity—one we don’t always like to talk about. And that dark side can be encapsulated in two words: writing perfectionism.

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Writers@Work: How to Use Poetry to Spice Up Your Writing

Published May 16, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

Use poetry to spice up your writing. If your writing feels dry and boring, poetic elements such as metaphors, images, and juicy language can make it sing!

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5 Must-Try Writing Techniques For Fiction Authors – Writer’s Edit

Published March 15, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

We’ve put together an easy-to-follow round-up of different writing techniques you might like to try out in the search for that perfect routine. Click here to learn more!

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How To Find And Fix Plot Holes In Your Novel – Writer’s Edit

Published January 25, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

Plot holes. We all know what they are: inconsistencies or gaps that defy logic in stories. And we all know they’re entirely undesirable when it comes to writing a good novel. Plot holes diminish the plausibility of a story and can have a huge effect on the way that story is viewed by readers. Your novel may be wonderfully written with great characters and an engaging plot – but leave one plot hole in there and, sadly, all your hard work may be undone. So how can you tell if your story has plot holes? And if it does, how can you go about filling them in? Let’s dive into a step-by-step process for finding and fixing plot holes in your novel.

How to find plot holes

The first thing you need to do is to determine whether your…

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Create Compelling Characters With These 3 Types of Character Arcs – Writer’s Edit

Published January 11, 2018 by Jennifer Loring

We all know that crafting believable characters with strong motivations is vital in fiction writing. But how do you ensure that your characters remain compelling throughout the course of your story? The answer is simple: make sure they all have strong character arcs. Below, we’ll first discuss what exactly a character arc is. Then we’ll take a look at the three main types of character arcs – change/transformation, growth, and fall – and discuss how to write each one effectively, creating characters that truly resonate with readers.

What is a character arc? A character arc is basically the journey a character undertakes over the course of a story. But this doesn’t mean a physical journey. We’re talking about an inner journey: one that makes a character grow, learn, change, evolve, or even completely transform as the story unfolds. Generally, this means that a…

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5 Quick Tips for Writing Thrilling Fight Scenes – Writer’s Edit

Published December 1, 2017 by Jennifer Loring

Fight scenes are common across a range of genres, from action, spy and thriller novels to fantasy and sci-fi. They’re often a physical manifestation of the conflict that’s driving your story – and they’re great for keeping things exciting for readers. Whatever genre you write, knowing how to write an authentic, exciting fight scene is an invaluable skill to have. But why are action and fight scenes so difficult to craft authentically? One of the primary reasons is that the average author doesn’t usually have a whole lot of experience with fighting in real life. And even if they do, it’s not an easy thing to translate to the page! The scene has to strike the right balance between the actual action and the other important elements, like emotion and personal stakes. With that said, let’s dive into some…

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5 Reasons Novelists Should Write Short Stories – Writer’s Edit

Published November 8, 2017 by Jennifer Loring

The ability to write a short story, and write it well, is invaluable to any author. Novelists in particular can benefit from regularly immersing themselves in short fiction. Writing short stories…

  • Develops creative and critical skills.
  • Builds portfolios.
  • Provides the opportunity to expand experiences with submissions, editors and professional expectations.
  • Furthers your understanding of genres and potential readerships.
  • Helps construct a strong authorial presence and gets your name ‘out there’ as a published author.

So if you’re wading your way through the umpteenth draft of your novel, or even if you haven’t quite started yet, read on for five reasons you should stop what you’re doing (just for a bit) and start writing short stories.

1. Short stories develop your skills

As a novelist, you’re used to long-form fiction where you have the time, the space and the word count to…

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