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The Black Rose New!

The black rose is an enchanting flower that blossoms only in the rarest of places (in our case, Turkey). For years now, the black rose has been associated with death, darkness, and decay. In Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s Den of Shadow series, the black rose is represented...

What to Write About in Science New!

Science is a vast field to write about because there are so many different types of sciences. The vastness of the topic means that the writer needs to narrow the topic down by perspective and focus. The writer should take care to choose a perspective...

Why Isn't It Selling? New!

Getting a book completed and ready for market is a daunting task. Most authors spend hundreds of hours polishing and pulling together their work and are remotely exhausted when they finish. Once the book is "done", many indie authors make the fatal error of publishing too...

Manuscript Rejection Feedback: What To Change And What To Ignore New!

There are many reasons a manuscript can be rejected. When an agent or publisher rejects your manuscript, they will give you feedback on why they think your work is not good enough for publishing. When you receive this feedback, you have a couple of options....

Writing Young Adult and Children's Fiction: Avoid Parenting Your Characters. New!

When writing for kids, your parenting instincts might take over the story and lead you into policing your characters. Parenting characters is brought on by the natural instinct to protect. Policing often leads to adult characters taking over the story. This is usually because you...

Create The Ideal Heroine And Draw Readers In New!

First things first, there is no such thing as a perfect heroine. What you should aim to create is a believable and relatable character - not perfect, just believable. There are no clear cut rules on what the ideal heroine should look like since every...

What Is The Throughline? And How Is It Used In A Story? New!

A throughline is that invisible glue that binds your story together. It is like a thread that ties your narration together to form a story and keep it on track. It refers to the critical elements of your story that must be kept consistent throughout...

Why Your Heroine Should Have Flaws New!

The ideal heroine is one that embodies the concept of perfect imperfection. The best heroine is one that is strong but with flaws. No one wants a perfect heroine or a perfect character of any form for that matter. A flawless character is seen as...

Gambling Games in Fantasy Novels New!

"It was another rowdy night at the tavern. Sirin made his way though the throng of drunken patrons, intent on finding a game of Atsar in the hope that he could replenish his dwindling funds." Almost every sword and sorcery or epic fantasy novel I've read has...

Dragons in Fantasy Novels New!

Fire-breathing, winged lizards have long been one of the mainstays of fantasy novels. Dragons have been part of many a mythical world and will probably continue to become so as more and more writers build upon the popularity of recent fantasy offerings in books, film,...