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10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel

10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel

Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N … Read More

10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel
Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N
5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction
Writing fiction comes with a number of myths that keep many people from giving it a serious try. Don't them get you down! Here are a few things that you might hear about the industry as you're learning how to write fiction--and the reality behind them. 1. You Have to Be a Big Name to Write Many aspiring writers are told that unless you're Stephen King or you're famous for something else, there's no point in trying to get your work noticed. But the truth is, many publishers actively look for
5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students
Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, enviro
How to Write Your First Screenplay | Storytelling Tips
Ready to try your hand at writing a screenplay? Check out these helpful tips from New York, NY tutor Lauren P...   Whether you have too many ideas or you don’t know where to begin, these storytelling tips will help you outline the framework for an unforgettable screenplay. Don’t Remake the Wheel While all stories include some level of conflict, the arguably best stories all seem to include components of what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. If you are not familiar with
How to Write a Book: Advice From a Published Author
Is your life full of crazy ups and downs - drama, suspense, romance - mixed with colorful, over-the-top characters? Have you always wanted to learn how to write a book, but upon sitting down with only your writing medium and your mind, you're not quite sure where to start? We recently chatted with TakeLessons writing tutor and professional journalist, short story, and fiction writer Sarah B., to pick her brain and find out her advice for aspiring writers who want to know the "secrets" of

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