How to Write a Great Short Story

A great story has the power to captivate and move us. Some of my favorite tales have come in the form of a short story. They’re easy to read and often pack the biggest punch due to their simplicity. Short stories are also a highly respected form in the literary world. Many writers, like Sylvia […]

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 […]

How to Work With Beta Readers

Next to editors, beta readers are your next best friend. They’re generally our biggest champions and friends, and they are always eager to read our work. Beta readers help us find the problems with our novel before it gets released to the rest of the world. Best of all, most of them want to read […]

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 […]

The Fundamentals of Good Content

Writing good content is essential to driving your success as a writer. Not only does it help boost your search engine optimization (SEO), it helps you get noticed. And that’s what we want – to get noticed. There are loads of blogs out there and courses you can take to help you write fantastic content. […]

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 […]