How to Build an Imaginary World That Invites Readers In

An imaginary world isn’t just a place that we make up in our heads. It’s an escape that many of us to get away from the harsh realities of this world. It’s an escape. One that many of us use over and over again. It could take the form of a book, movie, or a […]

Mental Health and Writers: Myths & Self-Care Tips

The stigma surrounding mental health is slowly going away. Still, it seems like many people shy away from seeking the help they need. As writers, we put a tremendous amount of stress on ourselves to write books, read all the time, and be present in the “real world.” That much pressure will make us crack […]

Chekhov’s Gun: What is It & How to Use It

Chekhov’s gun is about writing with intention. It means that we shouldn’t be throwing things into our stories that serve no purpose. It doesn’t mean that we can’t have setting descriptions and what-not. We need those things to help set the mood and orient our readers to the story’s time and place. And sometimes, the […]

Red Herring: A Literary Device or an Aquatic Animal?

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always think of the fish when the term red herring comes up in conversation. The stupid thing is herrings are more of a silvery-blue type color, not red. But I digress. We’re not here to talk about fish, we’re here to talk about writing. The funny […]

How to Create the Worst Antagonists Around Town

Not many people like antagonists. They’re supposed to annoy the protagonists; to foil the plans of the heroes and create conflict. They are supposed to be a villain for our heroes to defeat. They create the conflict in our stories because they stand in the way of what we most want: money, power, for good […]

False Protagonist: What are They and How to Use Them

This quote by TV Tropes sums up the false protagonist beautifully: So you’ve got your hero. They practically have a giant neon sign over their head that says they’re a hero. It might be subtle, but it’s fairly obvious you’ve found the person who’ll save the day, get the girl/guy, and live a long and […]

How to Write an Ending Readers Will Love

I don’t know about you, but the ending of the book is always a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, you’re sad to leave this imaginary world and its inhabitants. On the other, you’re excited to see them triumph. It’s this bittersweet feeling that we want to instill in our readers. And if you don’t […]

How to Hook Readers with the First Sentence

We all know that first impressions matter. That’s why publishers and self-published authors alike put a lot of time and effort into designing brilliant book covers. It’s the first thing that draws your reader into your story. The second thing you need to worry about is your first sentence. There is a bit of a […]

What is Hybrid Publishing and Why Should You Use It?

Just when we thought things had settled down after the traditional versus self-publishing debate, the industry threw us a new curve-ball: hybrid publishing. And most of us don’t know what it is because the publishing industry can’t even figure it out. It’s a maddening loop of uncertainties that breed scams, controversy, and success stories. So […]

What You Need to Know About Traditional Publishing

Traditional publishing has been around for a long time. It has been around for so long that many authors believe that it’s the only way to get published and make an impact. However, the internet changed this by giving us new avenues to publish our stories. Today, we’re going to take a deep look into […]