The Ultimate Guide to Plotting Your Novel Without Thinking

Look, we've all been there before. You have this great idea for a book, but then you realize you have to make a plot to go with it...and you die a little on the inside. Maybe you do a simple Google search like "How to plot a novel", click on the first article, and die … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Plotting Your Novel Without Thinking

How To Write a Threatening, Complex Villain

Of all the things that go into a story to make it feel complete and not just a bundle of ideas, the villain is arguably the most important element. Coincidentally, it's also one of the hardest pieces to write, as well as the most enjoyable. There's something satisfying about creating a big baddie who wants … Continue reading How To Write a Threatening, Complex Villain

6 Ways to Create a Better Plot

Are you staring hopelessly at your manuscript yet again? Are you stuck at a plot point, wishing your plot would float magically towards you on a silver platter? It's a common question on every writer's mind: How can I make my plot even better than it is? How can I create a plot in such … Continue reading 6 Ways to Create a Better Plot

What Makes A Character Likable?

Think about it. You're in the middle of reading a great book, a wonderful book. You love the plot and the setting and the writing - until suddenly, a character is introduced and you hate them. You detest the very sight of them. You skip the parts with them in it. When you talk about … Continue reading What Makes A Character Likable?

How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb

Blurbs are, in short, a sneak preview into a book, designed to entice the reader to pick it up. Done right, you get a somewhat mysterious passage that introduces the major conflict, main character(s), and setting - though not in great detail, mind you. Basically, it's the books chance to tell you why it's different … Continue reading How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb