Category Archives: Fiction Writing Tips

The Cheater’s Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo

Do you dream of winning NaNoWriMo? November is just around the corner, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month: that time of the year when many people decide to write a novel, and many of them succeed. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Writing Strong, Flawed Characters: A Conversation

I was working on who-knows-what the other night when a chat window from a friend popped up on my laptop screen. He wondered if he could ask for some writing advice or if I only answered questions when I was … Continue reading

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Writing Dialogue, Part 2: What Speech Reveals

Do you struggle with writing dialogue that feels both believable and profitable to your story? You’re not the only one! It doesn’t always come naturally, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. This is the second of three articles in … Continue reading

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Writing Dialogue, Part One: How People Talk

How do people talk? People don’t talk like each other, and they definitely don’t talk the way many authors write them. As a writer, you’ve likely had it hardwired into your brain that you need to use proper grammar and … Continue reading

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Point of View: Taking Advantage of Viewpoint to Deepen Fiction

Earlier this fall, we identified eight common viewpoints and three questions to help you choose one for your story. Do you know how to use your chosen POV effectively in your writing? Whether you’re starting a new draft or revising … Continue reading

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