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12 Tips for Writing YA Fiction

In this article, Sue H. Cunningham, author of dark comedy YA murder mystery Totally Deceased, explores what defines young adult fiction and shares 12 writing tips to help you hook your target audience. What is YA? A YA (young adult) novel is intended for a teen readership, bridging the significant gap between child and adult…

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The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly: My Journey to Publication

As most aspiring authors know all too well, finishing a book is only half the battle – getting published is a whole other matter. In this guest post, A. J. Clack, author of YA Thriller Lie or Die, shares her rocky, emotional journey to publication.   Writing is a strange master. It demands so much of…

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Creating a Fantasy World: A Guide for Writers

Fantasy has never been hotter. Books like Fourth Wing, House of Flame and Shadow, The Stormlight Archive series, Babylon, Of Blood and Ash, and more, are sweeping social media, being turned into adaptations, and exciting readers everywhere. Long loved books such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Witcher, Shadow and Bone, and The Wheel…

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What is a Foil Character? The Secret to Making Your Characters Shine

When you’re writing your novel, you want every element of your story to shine. You want your reader to close the last page remembering your characters, your plot, and your settings, and to think “Wow! That book had some really memorable characters!” And few ways are better at making your characters vibrant and distinct than…

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Character Template

The Best Character Template Masterlist for 2024

How can you ensure your characters leap off the page and into your characters’ hearts? Characters are the lifeblood of any story, and if you can work out how to create the kinds of characters that readers will love, then they will become lifelong devotees of your books. But how to do it? Do you…

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Guest Post: Enneagram vs. 16 Personalities in Character Building

Author Bio : Lisa Sparrow, an experienced psychology expert and University of Edinburgh alumna, brings a considerable amount of counseling knowledge and a deep fascination with the human psyche. With expertise in the 16 personality types, she has served as both a school counselor and researcher, guiding students through life’s challenges. As an experienced writer for…

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How to Write a Mystery Novel: 6 Tips to Create Nail-Biting Suspense

In this article, we’re going to explore the art of mystery novels – looking at what makes a good mystery novel and how you can create suspense that keeps your readers on the edge of their seats, and weave a conundrum that keeps them guessing… What makes a good mystery novel? All good novels contain…

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Why You Should Take Another Look at Mastering Dictation for Your Fiction

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is a master at dictating her novels and novellas. Of her 18 published books, ten were written solely by dictation. This guest post by Sawyer will take you through the benefits she now enjoys in every writing session.  When authors think about dictation, the first thing that comes to mind is the…

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Proven Character Ideas You Can Use for Inspiration

Sometimes characters come to us fully formed, complete with desires, flaws and quirks. Other times, they may come to us as rough sketches, with a beating heart, but needing fleshing out. And sometimes the characters don’t want to come at all. They hide in the shadows, refusing to show themselves. In this article, we’re going to explore methods…

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A Mystery Novel Template / Cheatsheet / Outline

Thrillers and mysteries are one of the most popular genres. Mystery readers gobble them up and are hungry for more. So if you want to write novels, this is a great genre to get into. And writing a mystery can be hugely satisfying. But it’s hard. There are clues to seed, tension to ratchet up,…

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