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Tip of the Day, Creative Writing Tips

Our creative writing tips are short, helpful tidbits of information that you can apply to your writing right away. Use our Tip of the Day for easy-to-apply advice that you can use to improve your writing or help you get published.

The Best Ways to Find Ideas For a Good Story

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

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. … 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

Realistic Expectations For Writing a Memoir

Writing Life Stories

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 … Read more

10 Misconceptions About Writing Books For Children

You Can Write Children's Books

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 … Read more

How to Submit Short Stories & Formatting Basics

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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 … Read more

The Author Platform Explained

The Productive Writer | Inspiration for writing

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 … Read more

An Introduction to Writing the Paranormal Novel & Supernatural Elements

Want to learn the difference between a paranormal novel and a story with a supernatural element? Today’s tip of the day from Writing the Paranormal Novel answers this question and others you … Read more

Exploring the Inner Journey of a Character’s Transformation

One key element in writing fiction is creating characters with which readers can identify. Today’s tip of the day is taken from Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke. The excerpt below, from … Read more

Let Your Imagination Run Wild! Learn How to Write Comedy & Craft Outrageously Funny Stories

Learn how to write comedy with the book, Comedy Writing Secrets. Authors Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz discuss comedy writing tips, the basic formulas of humor writing, and why it’s important to … Read more

Expert Tips on Writing Sensory Details in Setting & Description

Today’s tip of the day comes from Write Great Fiction: Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, in which he discusses the importance of setting and description, and explains how including sensory … Read more

100% Wrong Ways to Choose Fictional Character Names

Today’s tip was taken from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes. Learn how to make your fiction book or novel stand out from the others. Since the world of publishing is so … Read more

How to Build an Author Platform & Begin Your Writing Career

No matter if you are an aspiring writer or a published author, it’s essential these days to have a writer platform. Learn what an author’s platform is, why an audience of readers … Read more

How to Overcome Writer’s Block Like a Bestselling Author

Writers everywhere have or will lack writing inspiration. Whether you need help to overcome writer’s block, or are simply looking for inspiration for writing, read our today’s tip, taken from Write Great … Read more

Effective Writing Strategies & Motivation- Be Productive!

Whether you are seeking inspiration for writing or want to know how to get motivation to write, today’s tip, provided by The Productive Writer, will give you effective writing techniques to be … Read more

About the Author

In the “About the Author” section of your proposal, you want to explain why you are the perfect person to write this book. Or because there might be (probably will be) more … Read more

Openings That Will Grab Your Reader

Here are just three of the many ways to open your nonfiction article or book for a juvenile audience: Anecdotal The evening is silent except for the rhythm of the cricket’s song. … Read more

Mistake 70: Quitting

from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: If you quit, then you’re rejecting yourself. I’ve seen many people … Read more

Mistake 66: Getting Scammed

from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from the Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Many writers feel frustrated. And desperate. They look at other writers … Read more

Mistake 69: Not Having a Professional Website

from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from the Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: A Web presence is a must for a writer. Yet too … Read more

Mistake 68: Not Respecting Yourself as a Writer

from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Some people almost seem apologetic when they say they’re writers. Especially … Read more

Mistake 67: Not Marketing Yourself and Your Book

from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Writers tend to think that promotion and marketing is the job … Read more

I’m writing a novel about two central characters. How do I decide which to use as my viewpoint character?

from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman If you’re using third-person point of view, you can include the viewpoints of both. When both of your central characters become viewpoint … Read more

How important is research in the novel?

Many beginning writers know a novel is a work of imagination, but seem unaware that the factual material in a novel must be as accurate as that in a nonfiction work. The … Read more

An editor said my exposition in the first chapter is too long. Can you tell me how much exposition I should have?

from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman You’ve heard the old writing directive Show, don’t tell; think of exposition as the telling part of writing—the scene-setting explanation that provides … Read more

I’ve heard editors say how important it is for a character to be well rounded. What makes a character well rounded?

from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman Well-rounded characters are distinctly individual; you come to understand their motivations, flaws, emotional traits, and other distinctive qualities. These can be related … Read more

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