Category Archives: Tools for Writers

Why Authors Should Avoid Adverbs

We’ve all heard it: Avoid adverbs at all cost. While I’m never a fan of speaking in terms of “rules” when it comes to fiction writing—the “rules” of fiction writing tend to bend—this one I’d strongly recommend paying attention to. … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads: Three Plotting Articles by Janice Hardy

My current writing project has been stripping down the story of a past project I love in order to simplify and really focus on building up a strong character arc. In doing so, however, I’ve scrambled a few other parts … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads: “Learn the Elements of a Novel” (Website)

I’m trying to kick-start my writing again, but this time I’m doing more reading of articles on how to do it than anything else :). Specifically, I’m trying to amp up my character arc skills. In my perusing of the … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: “How to Write Character Arcs”

Much has been written on the subject, but I found this one especially helpful. It really breaks it down so the simple minded, such as myself, can follow and see it better. At any rate, thought I’d share in the … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: “11 Books that Scared the Master of Horror, Stephen King, and will Terrify You, too

Is it cheating that I’m recommending a read where the author lists the books recommended by another author? I don’t care. I’m doing it. As you may well know by now, I’m a fan of horror. Not only horror, mind … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads: Writing a Novel Synopsis

Writing a professional synopsis for your novel? Those who’ve tried know how much of a challenge it really is. Here are three great articles to help you in your efforts. A big thanks to Dyane Forde for recommending them. “Back … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: “6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline”

Every writer has his or her own process. Among the debates on which process is “best” when writing a novel is whether to follow a three-act formula or whether to let things come out in a more organic fashion. Here’s a … Continue reading

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