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Why You Need to Dream of Greatness New!

Writers as artists are often perceived as an eccentric lot. They view things from a more imaginative perspective and their inner lives are far from average. This eccentricity is what helps them keep going, especially when the going gets tough. Writers who tackle full-length novels do...

The Purpose of Environmental Details New!

Environmental details are not shown merely for local color or effect. It has other relevant purposes such as a) establishing the relevance of the time period; b) giving a concrete setting where characters can perform their existential roles; c) allowing the writer to create a world...

Words That Aren’t Words – Or Are They? New!

You think a word sounds good and you want it in your story. But is it really a word? Does it matter? It is, after all, your story. But, then again, if the made-up word you want to use only makes sense to you, then...

Show, Don't Tell New!

Anyone who has ever looked up any writing advice must have heard or read the widely spread saying "show, don't tell". It is everywhere and yet, somehow, is one of the most overlooked points in novels. I know there are thousands of articles on this...

Rules for Series Characters New!

Sherlock Holmes. Harry Potter. Nancy Drew. Tom Ripley. What do they have in common? They are series characters who are completely developed as they are distinctly identifiable by their physical, psychological, and emotional characteristics. Can you imagine if the authors who created these popular heroes...

Character Aging in the Passage of Time New!

In a novel, especially an epic saga, time plays an important part in the formation and growth of characters. How time takes its toll on a character’s physical change must be skillfully demonstrated or the passing of time will be unnoticeable and unconvincing. Example: The story...

Developing Good Writing Habits New!

For some writers, writing feels like having homework every day for the rest of their lives. Writing becomes a drag when you feel that you have to and not because you want to, and this doesn’t have to be the case. Developing good writing habits...

Stimuli of Characters New!

Picture this: A woman rushes out of her house and screams, “A giant blob is out to eat me! Somebody please help me!” She’s hysterical and scared out of her wits as she repeats her statement while pointing to her house. Law enforcers come to...

Choosing a Writing Group New!

Even writers who spend hours in isolation writing down their thoughts need to connect with other people. This is where writing groups come in, where like-minded fellows can provide support to one another. For beginner writers, this is a great step to start their writing...

Environmental Storytelling:The Secret Weapon for Descriptive Prose New!

Environmental storytelling is an aspect of descriptive writing that often gets overlooked by many writers. Done well, it can be the secret weapon that lifts your descriptive writing to the next level for a reader. It’s a technique that builds greater immersion and engagement with...