Types of Irony in Writing

June 12, 2024

Don’t you find it ironic when you hear of an umpire cheating? Or a fire station burning?  Irony is simply the contrast between two seemingly incongruous facts. But irony is often misidentified. Readers and writers might describe a scene or a bit of dialogue as ironic when really it’s not.   Irony highlights the difference between […]

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Character development in writing

Your Ultimate Guide to Character Development: 9 Steps to Creating Memorable Heroes

June 11, 2024

You’ve settled on the idea for your novel. You’ve narrowed it to a sentence or two, and you’re ready to tackle what seems an insurmountable task—developing your lead character. If you’re an Outliner (one who outlines your novel first), it’s time for character development, an endeavor not for wimps. Spellbinding stories feature believable characters who […]

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28 Book Genres and Why They’re Crucial

June 10, 2024

Guest blog by Vanessa Tym Mary Shelley didn’t intend to invent a new book genre when she wrote Frankenstein in 1822 but now, over 200 years later, every library and bookstore has a science fiction section. Since the inception of categorizing literature, dating back to ancient Greece, we’ve been updating, expanding, and rethinking what genre […]

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How to Write a Book From Start to Finish

How to Write a Book From Start to Finish: A Proven Guide

June 4, 2024

So you want to write a book. Becoming an author can change your life—not to mention give you the ability to impact thousands, even millions, of people. But writing a book isn’t easy. As a 21-time New York Times bestselling author, I can tell you: It’s far easier to quit than to finish. You’re going […]

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How to Describe the Setting of a Story

March 15, 2024

One of the toughest nuts for you to crack as a novelist is where to start. Two-thirds of my more than 200 published books are novels, so I’ve faced this dilemma more than 140 times. Trust me, starting never gets easier, no matter how many times you’ve done it. But there are common errors to […]

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