3 Ways to Know When to End Your Chapters
At some point in writing your novel, you have to start thinking about “chaptering,” the process of deciding exactly when and where your chapter breaks will go. Here are three simple, essential techniques that can help you make effective chapter pauses.
3 Secrets to Great Storytelling
Learn how to tell a story worth hearing with author Steven James' three secrets to great storytelling (more than just creating believable characters and throwing together a plot). Here’s the real stuff the best stories are made of.
How to Balance Action, Narrative, and Dialogue in Your Novel
Most of the time, we want to balance our scenes using dialogue, action, and narrative to engage readers at an emotional level and keep them hooked. Here's how to do that.
Novel in 30 Days Worksheet Index
To help you successfully complete your book in 30 days, here are nine worksheets to help you keep track of plot, scenes, characters and revisions. All of these worksheets originally appeared in Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt and were also featured in the special issue Write Your Novel in 30 Days.
How to Write Intriguing Male and Female Characters
Understanding gender differences can improve your writing in any genre. Here’s how. by Leigh Anne Jasheway
5 Steps to a Great Female Protagonist
According to bestselling authors JT Ellison, Alex Kava and Erica Spindler, there are 5 key ways to make your heroine shine. Here they are. by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)
Motivate Your Characters Like a Pro
In his session “The Psychology of Character Motivation,” Edgar-nominated author D.P. Lyle, MD, shared this invaluable exercise for developing your characters’ motivations as your story unfolds. by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)
From Idea to Page in 4 Simple Steps
Nothing is more exciting than the promise of a story in your head, but in order to get it on the page you need to figure out exactly what you need to do to make it work. Here are 4 steps to help you build the framework of your story. by N.M. Kelby