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Why Character Names Are the Secret Ingredient to Your Story

character names

This guest post is by Elise Abram. Elise is an English and Computer Studies teacher by day, wife and mother by night, and author whenever she can steal some time. Elise is the author of four books, including her latest book, The Revenant. Check out her blog, eliseabram.com. Thanks for joining us again, Elise! Helen Hunt Jackson, American poet, author and activist [...]

A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your fingertips.

Getting a solid grasp on the foundations of plot and structure, and learning to work in harmony with these principles, will take your stories to the next level.

An Editor Says You Shouldn’t Edit During NaNoWriMo

Editing NaNoWriMo

A lot of writers and writing blogs on the internet are revving up their engines for NaNoWriMo, which starts on Saturday. I’m not one of those masses, mostly because my love is the editing process moreso than the actual story creation and writing process. As much as I champion the benefits of an editorial eye, I believe that the editorial process should be scrapped during NaNoWriMo in favor of making December NaNoEdMo (even though NaNoEdMo is actually in March).

3 Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

alternatives to nanowrimo

There’s no doubt that NaNoWriMo rocks. Just thirty days of work in trade for a complete first draft? Awesome.

But that doesn’t mean NaNoWriMo is for everyone. To succeed requires the perfect storm of story, determination, temperament, and an open schedule. Cranking out 1,666 words a day (yes, I did the math) is not for everyone.

Hit with Writer’s Block? Try This Psychological Trick

writer's block psychological trick

Yesterday, a young writer I’m mentoring told me she’s never hated writing so much. She’s in the middle of writing a book and her once-fun “hobby” has become her nemesis. At each keystroke, writer’s block is threatening to stop her from writing her book for good.

How to Create a Setting Sketch Using Scrivener

setting sketch with scrivener

“If character is the foreground of fiction, setting is the background,” the narrator of Writing Fiction tells us. But how do you create engaging settings that enhance your story? And how can the popular writing software, Scrivener, help you create setting sketches perfect for particular your story?

Cyberbullying (writing prompt)

Book Stalkers and Online Catfish

I recently read an article in the Guardian that was so wild, so novelesque, that I thought it would make the perfect writing prompt. Here’s the gist: When a first-time author is “cyberbullied” on Goodreads by a book reviewer with a reputation for hurting authors’ reputations, she becomes obsessed with finding out the reviewers true identity.

Celebrating Our 1,000th Post with a HUGE Giveaway

The Write Practice 1000th Post Giveaway

In July 2011, I started The Write Practice, a blog to help people become better writers through deliberate practice. I could only imagine what it would look like three years later, the incredible contributors and, most of all, the amazing community of talented writers that it’s become.

Today, we’re publishing our 1,000th article on The Write Practice, and we’re giving away over $550 worth of free stuff to show our deep gratitude to this community.

How to Transform Your Inner Critic Into an Inner Cheerleader

Inner Critic

Do you ever feel like your own worst enemy when it comes to writing? Are there times when you are bursting with inspiration, bursting with ideas to write about, but struggle to get started or bring them fully to form?

When this happens, your creativity is not in the drivers seat. Instead, the inner critic is. Luckily, you can overcome your inner critic by transforming them into an inner cheerleader.

4 Reasons NaNoWriMo Rocks

2014 NaNoWriMo Calendar

In a nutshell, NaNoWriMo—or National Novel Writing Month—is an event held in November where one attempts to write a fifty-thousand word novel in thirty days. It may seem daunting (and it is), but it’s also a great opportunity for us writers. Here are four reasons why.