Author Archives: Courtney Carpenter

setting in writing | between the lines

Discover The Basic Elements of Setting In a Story

No matter if you are just getting started or want to break into fiction writing, setting is a crucial element to any story. In order to create an imaginary world for your story, you’ll need to know the fundamental elements of setting first. Discover the basic elements of setting in a story from Between...

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

Exploring Theme – A Key Component to Successful Writing

Discover one of the key components to successful writing — theme. In the following excerpt from Story Engineering, author Larry Brooks explains the difference between theme and concept. Plus, learn why theme is crucial to developing and writing a successful story. Defining Theme Have you ever put down a novel or walked out of...

How to be a writer | voice in writing

Learn How to Recover Your Voice When Writing

Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or a blog–it’s important to have a unique voice in writing, or style. Your writing voice conveys to readers your personality and when writing fiction, can add depth to your characters and your story. Barbara Baig, author of How to Be a Writer, suggests using these tips to improve...

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Focus On: The Memoir Essay

If you’re interested in sharing your personal experiences through writing, consider learning more about the memoir essay. The following excerpt is taken from Crafting The Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore. You’ll learn what exactly a memoir essay is and three essential tips to writing one of your own. What is a memoir essay?...

how to pace a novel | crafting novels and short stories

Crafting A Crime Fiction Novel & Ways To Kill A Character

Part of crafting a crime fiction novel is knowing who your villain is and using this information to create the perfect–and plausible–crime. In this excerpt written by Hallie Ephron, you’ll learn how to make the crime fit the villain you’ve created and explores creative ways to kill a character. Today’s tip is taken from...

story-engineering

Learn How To Motivate Your Characters

At some point or another, all writers will struggle with their story’s characters. If you are hitting a brick wall when it comes to developing your characters or simply need inspiration for creating them–read today’s tip of the day from Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. You’ll learn about characterization and how the principles of...

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

The Top Three Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Plot

Every writer knows crafting a great story revolves around plot–one of the essential elements of storytelling. But do you know what exactly plot is? In the following excerpt from The Nighttime Novelist, author Joseph Bates explains what plot is and gives examples of common plot problems. What is Plot? Plot begins with a big-picture...

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

The Best Ways to Find Ideas For a Good Story

It’s fairly simple–in order to write a novel or story, you must have a solid idea first. Most writers struggle at one time or another coming up with the right story idea. After all, you want an idea that can sustain an entire story. If you’re wondering where to find creative story ideas, read...

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

Spotlight on Story Engineering & The Six Core Competencies

Before you start writing your next story, consider reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. In the following excerpt, you’ll discover the elements of storytelling and how to achieve success in writing! Get an overview and definition of what the six core competencies to writing are, and how you can use them in your next...

Writing Life Stories

Realistic Expectations For Writing a Memoir

Learn what a memoir is and how to create memories with today’s tip of the day taken from Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach, with Kristen Keckler. What is a memoir? Memoir is rendering of a lived life, as filtered through memory and the wider net of the needs of narrative. Memoir just tells...

You Can Write Children's Books

10 Misconceptions About Writing Books For Children

Learn what it takes to achieve success in children’s book publishing as well as essential information about the publishing industry from You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey E. Dils. Read on to discover some of the misconceptions about writing a children’s book. Misconceptions About Writing for Children Let’s start with what you think...

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How to Submit Short Stories & Formatting Basics

Today’s Tip of the Day comes from Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino and the WD Editors. The following excerpt teaches you how to submit short stories and gives tips on formatting a query letter. Fiction short story markets are mostly in magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and some online websites. And, like...

The Productive Writer | Inspiration for writing

The Author Platform Explained

It’s essential these days for authors to have a clear understanding of writing platforms. Learn what an author’s platform is and ways to build a writing platform from today’s tip of the day, taken from the book The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen. What is an Author Platform? Platform is the turf you claim...