How to Use Your Story Engine to Drive Your Writing

How to Use Your Story Engine to Drive Your Writing

Writing is driven by heat, a burning need to say and express. But the sight of a blank page can quickly cool us down.

Rev up your writing by finding and tapping into your story engine!

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6 Qualities You Need to be a Successful Author

6 Qualities You Need to be a Successful Author

Most people think they could write a novel, but few actually do. Still, there are thousands of people who do complete one or twenty books. What do they have that so many others do not? As it turns out, there are several qualities that separate actual productive writers from those who merely have great intentions.

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How Observation Can Improve Your Writing

How Observation Can Improve Your Writing

Being observant is a real skill – a talent that can and should be honed. It’s especially important to writers of literary fiction and nonfiction, where dialogue, character development, and setting are often greatly enhanced through careful observation.

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How to Start a Writing Group

How to Start a Writing Group

Just mention the word “writer” and most people will envision a lone artist, sitting at their desk, toiling over a manuscript for months on end. And although most writers do spend a lot of time on their own, the truth is that writing is rooted in and nourished by community. But what if there aren’t any writing groups active in your area? If you build it, they will come: here are 4 tips to help you connect with your tribe and start a writing group of your own!

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How a Tomato Can Make You a Better Writer

How a Tomato Can Make You a Better Writer

We all know it’s delicious with a pinch of salt on toast, but did you know that a tomato can teach you valuable lessons about writing productively?

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Story Beginnings: shedding light on Horror

Story Beginnings: shedding light on Horror

Dreaming of writing a book, but aren't sure where to begin? Our Story Beginnings series explores the framework and key elements of writing genres and sub-genres, to help inspire you to craft a great story of your own.

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Story Beginnings: revisiting the past through Historical Fiction

Story Beginnings: revisiting the past through Historical Fiction

Dreaming of writing a book, but aren't sure where to begin? Our Story Beginnings series explores the framework and key elements of writing genres and sub-genres, to help inspire you to craft a great story of your own.

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3 Ways to Create Engaging Characters

3 Ways to Create Engaging Characters

Compelling characters drive all great stories and keep us reading - we need to see how the events in the story will change them, for better or worse. Learn a few techniques you can use to develop strong, memorable and engaging characters.

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