Character Development Worksheet: An Essential Writing Tool

Characters are at the heart of every story and developing memorable characters is a vital writing skill.

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Master Novel Outlining and Tracking Tool V3.0

Welcome to version 3.0 of my Excel novel outlining tool. I’ve used it successfully for my most recent novels, and I’ve done several bug fixes and feature improvements since the previous version. Because Version 3.0 has many changes and improvements, I’ve decided to re-write the instructions from scratch rather than pointing only to the changes.

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My Keto Journey to Weight Loss and a Healthy Lifestyle

My blog is mostly about personal development and fiction writing, but I also dab into other areas. This time, it’s all about health and wellness and, more specifically, about the ketogenic lifestyle. I’ve struggled with this for a while, and I feel like I’ve finally found a path that works for me. I wanted to

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Best Practices: Use Scrivener to Improve Your Writing Organization

Scrivener is a software program created by a company called Literature and Latte. It’s a word-processing application that offers a lot more than just a simple replacement for Word. I don’t even think of Scrivener as a Word replacement but as a complementary tool. What Is Scrivener? Scrivener allows you to organize your writing and

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Articles On Writing Better, Writing Faster, and More

Over the years, I’ve written several articles about writing. I’ve written these pieces as I was developing myself into a writer. On the one hand, I did it selfishly to memorialize what I know, and on the other hand, to share my thoughts with you and get feedback so that I can get better. Please

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Fantasy World Names: Create Strong Character Names for Your Story

How do you create fantasy names for your characters, objects, places? Where do you get ideas for names? Do you sometimes feel stuck in this process? Here are some ideas to get you up and running.

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NaNoWriMo: How To Complete Your Novel In 30 Days

NaNoWriMo is a month-long fiction writing contest. But how can you write a novel in 30 days? Learn some great tips on how to finish your novel in one month.

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First Draft: The Advanced Guide To Writing Fast With No Fear

Why does it take so long to come up with the first draft? Read this article for some thoughts on how to speed-up your first draft.

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Should You Create A Fictional Language For Your Fantasy World?

The second installment in the Create a Fantasy World series deals with communication and language. What language do your characters speak?

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Re-reading Favorite Old Books

Remember those books you loved when you were a child? Have you ever tried to read them again, this time with the eyes of a writer? You’ll be amazed of the new depth you will discover and how quickly your writing skills will improve. Read some more about my own experience.

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Manuscript Editing Tips and Tricks: A Quick Guide

These are quick manuscript editing tips that you can apply in your editing process to bring your work in better shape and ready for publication.

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Creating a Fantasy World – Geography (Part 1)

The first installment in the Create a Fantasy World series deals with the beginning: your map, your geography. Where is your world? How does it look and how does it behave?

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Creating A Fantasy World – Introduction

Worldbuilding is one of the exciting parts of writing science-fiction and fantasy. It’s that time when you are God and you get to create Everything. In this series of posts I will describe a practical method by which you can create your new world, little by little, and I will create one together with you.

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Writing By Time Might Work For You: Here is Why

Fiction writers struggle with meeting word-count deadlines. Learn how to schedule your time to finish your novel or short story.

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How To Write While On Vacation And Should You?

Writing on vacation – is it a good idea? Should you write your next novel on vacation, and if yes, how?

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