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Rebecka Jäger is a Finnish author or post-apocalyptic thrillers and supernatural mystery novels. Want to learn writing? Check out her blog for writing tips. %

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How to Write Cunning, Clever, and Crafty Characters

My NaNoWriMo novels are full of clever characters, which has baldly reminded me just how difficult it is to write crafty people. I can just see my character acting like Tom Sawyer, but I sometimes struggle to envision the actual behaviors that he or she would use to pull off his or her wiles. It's great…

The 4 Reasons Your Protagonist's Blue Eyes Don't Matter | The Novel Smithy

What traits do your readers need to know, and what's just extraneous fluff? Well, by understanding the four elements of character descriptions.

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How Should Chapter One END?

by Stephanie Morrill Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the Ellie Sweet books (Birch House Press). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website including the free novella, Throwing Stones. (This post is part of the Writing A Novel From Beginning to End series. You can find other posts from this series…

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How to Let Your Characters Move The Story Forward

by Stephanie Morrill Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the Ellie Sweet books (Birch House Press). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website including the free novella, Throwing Stones. Announcement for those who are participating in the Summer Writing Challenge: The challenge ends TODAY. Please…

How to write your chapter outlines - Louisa Deasey Author

How to write chapter outlines or chapter summaries for your memoir book proposal, including examples of how long they should be.

Creative Writing Magazines: Where to Submit and Why You Should

As creative writers, most of us want to share our stories and publish. I’m not gonna lie, I want to. Paradoxically, most of us are terrified to publish because of potential failure and rejection. Well, maybe you should start with a smaller audience and publish to a few magazines.

Friday Five: 5 Great Questions to Ask Your Character

by Stephanie Morrill Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the Ellie Sweet books (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to refer to characters with female pronouns. I just don't want to do the whole "he or she" thing all the way through. These are…

The 1% Rule: The No-Brainer Secret to Making Four Figure a month in Kindle Publishing - ThinkMaverick - My Personal Journey through Entrepreneurship

“Look I still get a hundred dollar check from Amazon after so many years!” My dad-in-law exclaimed with excitement. It’s not a BIG buck. But wait… Imagine he has done nothing over the past four years except putting up a book on Amazon. No promotion. No paid advertisement. No writing. Nothing. …

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How to Kill off your Characters

Since my last tutorials were about fight scenes and battles & wars, I thought it might be prudent that this one would be about killing off characters. Not the favourite topic of writers as we…

How to plot your novel

What is a plot? A plot is basically the events that happen within the novel. and in the order, that they occur. Every situation in a story leads to another.

What does it take to go from blog to book deal?

In this interview with literary agent Maria Ribas, she shares what writers or bloggers really need to get a literary agent and a book deal.

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How to write a great opening line that will make your readers salivate | Nathaniel Tower

Everyone knows the best way to start a novel or a story is with a killer opening line. You need something that hooks the reader and immediately sets whatever mood you’re trying to set. It should be your best sentence. In fact, what follows doesn’t really matter that much because you’ve done such a good … Continue reading How to write a great opening line that will make your readers salivate

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Proven Novel Outline Templates for Every Major Genre

Use these novel outline templates to structure your novel. Writing templates for major genres to get your story off on the right footing.