5 Essential Short Story Elements You’re Missing

By its definition, the short story is supposed to be, well, short. And because it is a concisely written tale, it’s less complex than a novel. Unlike novels, your tale will usually focus on only one incident, plot point, and setting. It will also feature a small cast of characters that are only present for […]

How to Effectively Conduct Story Research

Research. I go on and on about it on this blog because it’s essential to our stories. Most people think, “Oh, it’s all made up in the writer’s head.” But it isn’t. Every book we’ve read from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones to The Silver Linings Playbook has some root in reality. And that […]

Do You Need Novel-Writing Software to Write a Book?

Humanity has come a long way in its storytelling abilities. Admittedly, the tools are better. We no longer have to write 50,000 words by hand or clack away on a clunky typewriter, but do we need to buy novel-writing software to get our tales told? There is hardly an article out there that doesn’t suggest […]

How to Write a Novel: A No Nonsense Guide

Many of us have these ideas floating around in our heads that would make a good story. They could be real or imagined events, about real or imaginary people. We feel compelled to put those ideas, thoughts, and opinions onto a blank page and make them come to life in a novel. And if this […]

7 Novel Essentials Every Book Must Have

We’ve all read great works of fiction, and we’ve read those novels that produce a lukewarm reaction. Today, we’re going to look at the novel essentials that every book must-have. So what elements does a great story have that a lackluster one doesn’t? Despite all of the advice floating around on the internet, it all […]

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Working on your novel doesn’t stop when you type that last word on the page. The next step involves beta readers, self-editing, and professional editors, and that’s before you even get to the book design part of the journey. People say that writing is the essential part of the book publishing process, I’d say self-editing […]

How Authors Can Use SEO to Optimize Their Websites

Hey, Lovelies! What good is it for any of us to write all these amazing stories and poems when none of it gets seen? Most of us are writing and creating all these beautiful characters and imagery so we can share it with others. And it is so frustrating when we only get one or […]

How to Write a Trilogy

Hey, Lovelies! The apocalypse, post-apocalypse, and dystopian novels make a perfectly good trilogy. They flow into one another and show a logic chronological sequence of events – like all good trilogies do. Today’s post is going to not only help you decide if you should write a trilogy but show you the mechanics behind writing […]

Everything Writers Need to Know About Foreshadowing

Hey, Lovelies! How’s the post-apocalypse treating you so far? I know worldbuilding is a fun but intense process. We covered prophecies last week, but I wanted to touch on a similar topic today. Mostly, I wanted to follow up on a point I made in my post last week: that prophecies and foreshadowing are not […]

How to Use Prophecies Effectively in Fiction

Hey, Lovelies! I made neglected to go into depth about the prophecy aspect of the apocalypse in last week’s post. To fix that, we’re going to talk about it today. As we all know, the fictional apocalypse doesn’t just come at us from nowhere. There is usually a warning before the main event occurs. We’ve […]