The Writing Craft

Story Themes

How to Develop the Theme of Your Story

May 29, 2018

Without a deeper meaning than just its plot, your story remains a shell of what it could be. A story with a theme answers, what does this mean? That’s the kind of a story that resonates with readers and stays with them. Getting Started: What… [Continue reading below]

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Writing Tips from 41 Experts

Writing Tips 40 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners

January 30, 2018

How I wish I had known as a teenager what I know now! At 19 I worked full-time as a sportswriter for a daily newspaper. I loved my job, but I was ambitious and wanted to see if I could sell a story to the… [Continue reading below]

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Point of view in writing

A Writer’s Guide to Point of View

November 14, 2017

Budding writers often ask me: “How do I master Point of View?” The inability to grasp this concept is the most common problem I see in aspiring novelists. Veteran editor Dave Lambert says, “No decision you make will impact the shape and texture of your… [Continue reading below]

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How to overcome writer's block

How to Overcome Writer’s Block Once and for All: My Surprising Solution

October 31, 2017

You well know the frustration. It comes time to write, and you can’t produce a single word. Maybe you’ve tried for weeks, months, or even years. But still nothing comes. You’re suffering the dreaded Writer’s Block while your writing dream, your story, and the message… [Continue reading below]

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3 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

May 16, 2017

 Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of digital publishing and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world. 1. Serious readers prefer to… [Continue reading below]

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