‘You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

WRITING SERIES

WRITING

The most important step of writing your first novel is to get the story out of your head and onto the page. It’s time to let your imagination run wild and get started!

WRITING

Your opening sentence is your ‘hook’. It’s meant to draw your reader in, or seduce them, without giving too much away of the story. This is what makes a great first sentence.

WRITING

The first chapter can feel intimidating, but with practice and the right strategies, you can create a strong and relatable first chapter that will draw your reader in.

WRITING

Staying on track when writing a novel can be difficult at the best of times. There are tools out there, however, that can help you stay focused during your writing project.

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PRE-WRITING

Writing your novel is like starting a business, it has to be executed properly. That is why it needs an outline and a foundation from which it can be built up.

WRITING

Ending your novel can be as tricky as starting it. The writer has to question themselves on a number of different aspects that each contributes to what makes a great ending.

PRE-WRITING

Your plot is the overall driving force that your readers cling to as they divulge your novel’s pages, and acts as another blueprint to your novel like an outline.

WRITING

You, the writer, are a singular person in a world that doesn’t know you. Your journey is your novel and there will be bumps in the road along the way.

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CHARACTERS

Creating a powerful and kickass villain is one of the best parts of writing a novel. They give your hero the boost of admiration they deserve, and drive the plot forward.

CHARACTERS

A fellow tribe member posted Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling, and I thought I would share them in an article so that anyone who reads this will always have access to it.

CHARACTERS

Usually, your protagonist is going to be your hero, but that isn’t always the case, nor is it crystal clear whether or not your MC is even a hero at all.

WRITING

Tension within your story is a vital part of its plot foundation and characters, and something you should 100% focus during the writing and building process of your novel.

EDITING

Have you ever sat back after a long journey of writing and sighed at the thought that you had now entered the long and painful editing process? Grammarly can help you!

WRITING

Active and Passive voice is a term used in writing to describe the ways in which a writer uses verbs in their sentences. Do you know the difference?

DIALOGUE

Writing strong dialogue is one of the pillars that forms a strong novel. Though not as important as your plot or your characters, crafting strong dialogue comes in third.

WRITING

Writer’s block is inevitable. Every single writer on the face of the earth and beyond gets this a thousand times throughout writing their novel. Figure out how to beat it.

WRITING

Point of view does not mean your opinion, rather in literature it is defined as the narrative voice of your story. Find out which POV would best suit your story.

WRITING

Writing the small scenes of your novel is just as imperative as the bigger scenes that drive your plot.a lot of the time the small scenes, or filler content, gets overlooked.

WRITING

The ‘Show Don’t Tell’ rule is one of the oldest rules of writing. There is also a lot of debate over how it is used, and whether it should be used at all.

CHARACTERS

Writing authentic characters is an extremely important part of developing your novel and telling the story to the reader. That is why it’s crucial you get them right.

EDITING

A writer either loves the editing process or despises it to the very pits of hell. Find out how to enjoy it and make the most of editing your novel today.

WRITING

You are already unique, and now it’s time to strengthen that aspect of your writing and delve further into discovering your individual and unique voice.

EDITING

Understanding how to prepare your book for an editor is not as hard as you may think it is, but it’s also not as easy. You don’t just finish your first draft and send it off to them.

CHARACTERS

Creating emotional connections between the reader and your characters is one of the most important parts of storytelling. You want them to be remembered, right?

CHARACTERS

We all should know how personal a name is. It defines us, it’s something we belong to, and connects us with others. So how do you name your character exactly?

PRE-WRITING

Researching for your novel is a love-hate sort of thing. A lot of people think of it as study you did in school Other’s get a kick out of it and find it an enjoyable process.

WRITING

Knowing your genre is essential not only to the writing process but for publishing and marketing as well. So basically, you have to get it right, don’t you? Find out how.

WRITING

Writing is not a straight forward path. There are a lot of bends, uphill climbs and ditches. That is why it is super important to accept the difficult aspects of writing a novel.

EDITING

Grammar, the awkward elephant in the room that no one wants to go near or touch. But, alas, when a writer looks down upon their masterpiece of work, all the grammar mistakes they try to ignore burst from the page.

PROLOGUE

Prologues are one of those universal debates amongst writers that has no right or wrong. Many believe that you shouldn’t use a prologue in your novel. This is second by a lot of literary agents and publishing companies.

PLOT

Choosing a central conflict for your novel is imperative to your stories plot and its growth. Without conflict, your characters become dull, your story ceases to progress, and it basically flatlines the whole way through.

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