Tag Archives: getting started

The 7 Tools of Dialogue


My neighbor John loves to work on his hot rod. He’s an automotive whiz and tells me he can hear when something is not quite right with the engine. He doesn’t hesitate … Read more

The Setback: How to Successfully Start Writing Again

If you’re anything like me, part of your New Year’s Resolution (that’s still a thing, right?) was to write more. It might’ve been to hit a certain word or page count in … Read more

Fruitless First Draft Struggles

The following is a guest blog post by the winner of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, Dan J. Fiore. Dan shares his thoughts on the first draft writing process, common … Read more

Zest + Small Things = Great Writing (Guest Blog by Elizabeth Sims)

Recently I was asked to talk to a group of ‘beginning writers’. Mind you, these people were adults; it’s not like they were in the first grade just learning how to spell … Read more

How Long Should Your Story’s Opening Be?

Many writers often wonder how long or short their story’s opening should be. Read this excerpt from Hooked by Les Edgarton and find out what is the proper length for a story … Read more

12 Clichés To Avoid When Beginning Your Story

writing for kids | story beginnings

Read today’s tip from Mary Kole’s new book, Writing Irresistible Kidlit. In this excerpt, she shares some examples of common story beginnings that kidlit writers make. Here are some of the most … Read more

Write Fiction that Grabs Readers from Page One

In your novel, the inciting incident is the first sign of trouble for your protagonist: it’s the catalyst, the chemical reaction, that sets the plot into motion. But the inciting incident isn’t … Read more

Write Like a Pro! Master The Rules of Dialogue in Writing


Some of this is Grammar 101, but you’ve got to master the rules in this section for an editor to take you seriously. If these rules are elementary to you, skip them. … Read more

Writing a Novel: The Four Elements Of a Solid Story Concept

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Do you want to write a novel? In addition to creating a solid plot, you are also going to need a strong concept for your novel. Wondering how to conceptualize your story? … Read more

Writing At Night: The Top 10 Challenges Writers Experience & How to Overcome Them

writer with a day job | aine greaney

Are you someone who works full-time but dreams of becoming a published author someday? If so, today’s tip of the day is for you. Taken from Writer With a Day Job by … Read more

5 Wrong Ways to Start A Story

how to write fiction | hooked on fiction writing

Your story’s opener is your one opportunity to capture an editor’s or agent’s attention. Learn how to avoid the critical mistakes (such as providing too much backstory) that lead to rejection and … Read more

Practical Writing & Publishing Advice For Beginning Writers


The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book covers everything from how to get started in writing to finding an agent and getting published. No matter what type of writer you are–fiction, nonfiction, or freelance–you’ll find practical writing advice to help advance your career. Read more

Three Ways To Strengthen Your Writing

writer with a day job | aine greaney

The path to becoming a published author is full of twists and turns. No matter what stage of the writing process you are in or how busy your schedule is, you should … Read more

Write a Novel That Kicks Ass!


Whether you want to break into fiction writing or get tips for writing a novel, you’ll find advice from experts, and the top 10 essential tools for novel writing in this month’s premium collection. Read more

Discover The Basic Elements of Setting In a Story

setting in writing | between the lines

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 … Read more

Exploring Theme – A Key Component to Successful Writing

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

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 … Read more

5 Things You Don’t Need To Include When Writing Summaries

novel writing techniques | laura whitcomb author

One of the challenges writers face when writing a novel is balancing scene with summary. Today’s tip of the day focuses on what you should not include when summarizing a scene or … Read more

Get Started Writing A Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel!

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Grab the Write Science Fiction & Fantasy premium collection and discover everything you need to successfully write science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal stories. Read more

Spotlight on Story Engineering & The Six Core Competencies

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

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 … Read more

How to Find, Rather Than Make, Writing Time

I’m always drawn to articles about being more productive. I come to them with a hopeful expectation that some gem inside will hold the power to transform my writing time. And usually … Read more

How Smartphones and Tablets Can Help You Write More

If you’ve got a tablet or smartphone, you’re in business. Write on the go with the latest generation of apps. Read more

On Writing Fiction

Rethinking conventional wisdom about the craft of writing fiction.  Read more

How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel

With so many great ideas, how do you organize them into some sort of coherent outline that will guide your writing? Here’s how.

by Laura Whitcomb
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6 Steps to Jump-Start Your Story

Sooner or later, we all get stranded in the middle of our manuscripts. Use these 6 steps to jump-start your story so you can keep on driving.

by John Dufresne
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10 Ways to Start Your Story Better

A good opening line is a powerful thing: It can grab an editor’s attention, set the tone for the rest of the piece, and make sure readers stay through The End. Here are 10 ways to steer your story toward success.

by Jacob M. Appel
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