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How to Write a Killer Plot Twist – Part 1

Have you ever picked up a novel that everyone has recommended to you? It's gotten rave reviews and you really do have very high expectations from it. Most of the books like this that you pick up will just fall flat but, every now and...

Writing Believable Dialogue

Writers are often tempted to plant too much information in character dialogues. They do this because they feel that such information is necessary for the reader to know, or that they could be giving too much information in the narrative so that putting it in...

Get Prepared for NaNoWriMo – Part 3

The final tip in your preparation checklist is a very important one. Step Six – Prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally Think of NaNoWriMo as running a marathon. You wouldn’t do it without being at peak physical, mental and emotional fitness so don’t attempt this writing challenge...

Get Prepared for NaNoWriMo – Part 2

If your plan is to totally crush it at NaNoWriMo or NaNonFiWriMo(National Non-Fiction Writing Month) you have got to have a plan. There is no other way that you can maintain your focus and energy for such an intense challenge without one and your productivity...

Get Prepared for NaNoWriMo – Part 1

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a big writing event that happens every November. The goal is for writers to push out a 50,000+ word novel in the space of one month and the ‘coat of arms’ for the event contains four things that...

30 Days to Write and Publish a Short Novel – Part 3

Time to Publish! You are unlikely to find publishers who are interested in short stories or short novels; they tend to be interested in the longer length novels only. What you are going to have to do is self-publish or send it to a journal or...

30 Days to Write and Publish a Short Novel – Part 2

Ready to start? First and Second Weeks This is where your story will really start to take shape. Write your outline Allow your imagination free rein and get your outline down on paper. I’m not talking a perfect outline here, not unless that’s the way you work. Any outline...

30 Days to Write and Publish a Short Novel – Part 1

Are you a new writer? Just getting started on this exciting path? Or are you a seasoned writer looking for help on getting a short novel written and published quickly? Then you’ve come to the right place. If you sit down with no plan in...

Using Deus ex Machina Effectively

If you have been writing fiction for some time now, then deus ex machina is no stranger to you. A Latin term that means “god out of the machine,” it is a literary device wherein a stunning shift of events independent from a character’s action occurs...

Common Mistakes Made by Fiction Writers

Have you ever wondered why your work isn’t selling? You have a great cover and a tempting description, which leaves Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, where you have seconds to persuade a potential reader to click “Buy”. Consider which opening would interest you most. 1. Janet was...