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How to Create Compelling Characters in Fictional Writing

Believable, authentic characters are crucial to great stories and novels. Fictional characters should have the depth and power to inspire varied emotions such as love, hate and fear in a reader. [more…]

Journey of Your Romance Novel, from Sale to Bound Book

The fun isn't over after you've written and submitted manuscript for your romance novel. After you or your agent finds a publisher for your book, you still have a number of steps to go through before your [more…]

Reader Expectations for a Romance Novel

Writing a romance novel is a creative process and far from formulaic. But romance readers pick up each and every novel with certain expectations firmly in place. To write a winning romance, you have to [more…]

Tips for Preparing for and Writing a Romance Novel

Writing a romance novel is a process. You need to prepare, manage the writing, and pay attention to the details. Before you sit down to start writing, make sure you have the following list covered. Accomplishing [more…]

How to Target Romance-Genre Publishers and Editors

Knowing which publishers and editors to target can help get your romance novel published. The chances of getting your romance novel published increase significantly if you determine key publishers and [more…]

How to Add Variety to Sentences

One easy way to add flair to your writing style is to vary the pattern of your sentences. Try these strategies that add interest without sacrificing meaning or correct grammar: [more…]

How to Start the Play You're Writing

The opening of your play needs to grab the audience; otherwise the battle is lost before it begins. Following are some of the elements of a strong start: [more…]

Scriptwriting: How to End Your Play

One of your responsibilities as playwright is to deliver a satisfying end to the play. You don’t necessarily have to write a happy ending or even an ending audiences would have wanted. You need an ending [more…]

Speaking Like a Playwright

When you’re ready to develop your idea for a play, you need to express it in terms that other playwrights and theatre people understand. Here are some of the more common playwriting terms: [more…]

Putting Lifelike Characters on Stage

The characters in your play must be fully developed, as close to real people as you can make them. The keys to creating believable characters are details [more…]

Making Character Dialogue Sound Natural

Dialogue is the primary and most important component in playwriting. The principal purpose of dialogue is to advance the action of the play. Though dialogue sounds like natural conversation, every word [more…]

Playwriting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Playwriting is an exciting and accessible performing arts scriptwriting discipline. Anyone can write a play, round up some friends as actors, and gather an audience to present original theatre at its most [more…]

Tips for Writing Books for Younger Children

The rules for writing books for younger children (ages 2–8) are different from the rules for writing books for middle graders or young adults. Keep the following 12 commandments in mind. [more…]

What Not to Do when Writing Children's Books

Just as writing children’s books has a unique set of rules to follow (you know that the good guy or gal always wins), there are some things you should never do — never! Don’t even consider doing any of [more…]

Ten Recognitions Children's Authors Dream of Receiving

Book prizes and awards look good on your living room wall and help you sell your book. The following list fills you in on some of the best annual book prizes. [more…]

How to Fight Writer's Block when Writing Children's Books

Writer's block are two little words guaranteed to strike fear in the heart of anyone who has ever faced a deadline or had to earn a living from his words. [more…]

How to Research a Nonfiction Children's Book Topic

Although you can play fast and loose with some facts in a fictional children's book, you don’t have that luxury when you’re working on a nonfiction book. To do so not only potentially risks your reputation [more…]

Your Revising Checklist for Your Children's Book

Revising is the fixing process you do when you go back to check whether all the major parts of your children's book are working. The revising phase is all about making sure the major elements of your story [more…]

Edit Out Common Writing Traps in Your Children's Book Manuscript

Sometimes there is something wrong with your children's book manuscript, and you simply can’t identify what it is. When you’re editing your work, you need to know not only how to recognize the problem, [more…]

How to Set Up Your Workspace for Writing Children's Books

Before you can revel in all those copies flying off the bookstore shelves and into online shopping carts — you have to write a children's book! For some fortunate writers, this is the easy part; for others [more…]

How to Conduct Research for Writing Children's Books

The best children’s books have some grounding in a child’s reality, and the best way to discover what that reality is rather than what you imagine it to be is to get out there and explore. [more…]

More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines

Certain premises for story lines can be employed time and again. Whether your take on an existing story sounds derivative is up to you and your writing skill. Here are some fabulous resources for story [more…]

Setting Realistic Creative Writing Goals

Commit yourself to some specific, realistic targets before you start creative writing. Don’t make your targets too ambitious – just write little and often. Consider the following writing tips: [more…]

Get Writing Creatively with the Right Methods

Here are some positive ways to get into a creative mindset when preparing to write. Use some or all of these ideas to boost your creativity – and your original writing. [more…]

Building Up Characters in the Creative Stories You Write

When writing your creative story, remember that the heart of a story is always its characters. Here are some ways to develop and deepen the characters within your creative writing: [more…]

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