The Writer’s Guide to Worldbuilding

A Step-by-Step Guide to Immersive World Building

September 7, 2021

A book like A Game of Thrones, a movie like Star Wars, or even a video game like Final Fantasy can make it appear their creators have effortlessly built a fantasy world out of nothing. In fact, these worlds may feel as real as the world you live in. How do they do it? More […]

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How to Create a Powerful Character Arc

August 13, 2021

Page-turning novels feature memorable characters. Consider: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway The Sherlock Holmes novels by Arthur C. Doyle To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Anna Karenina […]

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Great Opening Lines

How to Start a Story: 5 Proven Strategies and Why They Matter

August 3, 2021

Acquisitions editors and agents reject some manuscripts within the first page or two. That doesn’t sound fair—and maybe it isn’t—but that’s the reality we writers face. Even if you’re self-publishing and avoiding the harsh glare of professional eyes, you must rivet your readers from the get-go or most will close your book without a second […]

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dynamic vs. static

Dynamic and Static Characters: The Difference and Why it Matters

July 23, 2021

Guest Post by Tami Nantz Memorable, believable characters are crucial to every good story. Consider what makes these literary classics so unforgettable: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Moby Dick by […]

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unreliable narrator

What is an Unreliable Narrator?

May 4, 2021

You can use a variety of literary devices to add conflict and tension to narrative fiction. But few make readers work harder than the unreliable narrator, a device that, true to its name, allows the storyteller to take readers on a wild goose chase as they determine what’s true, what’s not, and why they feel […]

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