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How to Write a Coming of Age Story: A Complete Guide 

How to Write a Coming of Age Story: A Complete Guide 

So you want to know how to write a coming of age story? 

Coming of age is one of the central themes in all of literature, but it’s also a specific type of story in its own right, one of the nine types of stories that we talk about in The Write Structure plot framework.

It’s also one of the few ways we describe all change in a character, one of the two internal plot types! Which means if a character is growing and maturing in your story, no matter what age they are, you might be telling a coming of age story.

40 Coming of Age Story Ideas

40 Coming of Age Story Ideas

Growing up is a universal experience with a myriad of variations. Some cultures and families have rituals that young people follow or rebel against to find their way to adulthood or self-actualization. Others are left to stumble through their entire life trying to figure out how to experience happiness.

We often think of coming of age or initiation stories as a journey from adolescence to adulthood, but some adults reach legal age without becoming a mature person. They can undergo a coming of age story much later. 
Let’s look at some prompts to write coming of age stories.

How One Author Uses ChatGPT for Marketing

How One Author Uses ChatGPT for Marketing

Many writers lament spending any time away from their creative worlds to pen social media posts or spend time on marketing efforts. But both social media and email can help authors find and communicate with their target audience. What’s a writer to do? Let’s look at how to use ChatGPT for marketing, so you can get back to your stories sooner.

Is Well-being Hyphenated?

Is Well-being Hyphenated?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us that well-being refers to “the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous.”

Knowing what the term means, though, doesn’t help us with its spelling. For that, an understanding of how words evolve in the English language may be helpful. Let’s explore the correct spelling of well-being. Is it hyphenated or not?

How to Find the Writing Coach You Need

How to Find the Writing Coach You Need

Do you have a great idea for a book but you’re not sure what to do with it? Have you ever started writing a book and never finished, or finished it but didn’t know what to do next?

If yes, you might feel frustrated. You also might greatly benefit from hiring a writing coach.

But what is a writing—or book—coach? Do you need to hire someone to finish a book, or can you do it on your own for free?

Whether or not you’re interested in self-publishing a book or pursuing the traditional publishing path, a writing coach will make you a better writer in every step of your writing process.

Learn why a writing coach might benefit your first book, or hundredth, and how to find the writing coach you need.

How to Write Horror: 8 Crucial Components to Terrify and Delight

How to Write Horror: 8 Crucial Components to Terrify and Delight

Horror is a genre of literature or film that wants to evoke fear, shock, and suspense. Characters battle for their life versus a fate worse than death. 
What makes a good horror story is the ability to tap into our deepest fears and deliver them in a captivating way. Even if you don’t consider yourself a horror writer, practicing a few short stories in this genre can help you understand human fear and the way it motivates action. 

20 Spine-tingling Horror Story Prompts

20 Spine-tingling Horror Story Prompts

Horror wants to scare, to shock, to terrify, and sometimes even to repulse readers or audiences. It delves deep into the human psyche to look at what scares us and why, as well as to examine the limits of human depravity (Hannibal Lector, anyone?).
Try one of these prompts designed to terrify.

Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

Do you remember how you felt while reading The Da Vince Code or Gone Girl? The sweaty palms, the pleasant shiver, the jaw-clenching tension? Remember how those well-drawn elements of suspense held you in thrall, feathering along your skin, raising goosebumps?

Suspense fiction comes in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and if you have a yen for building suspense in your writing and learning how to create the same kind of reading experience for your own audience, this is the place for you.

In a special series of articles, I’ll be your guide as we dig deep into the elements of suspense that grab readers and don’t let go. These elements apply, regardless of the publishing route you choose for getting your stories out to your suspense readers.

Here, we will learn how you can craft suspense in your own books, starting now.

40 Spring Writing Prompts For A New Season of Creativity

40 Spring Writing Prompts For A New Season of Creativity

What images come to mind when you think of the first day of spring? Tulips unfurling? Easter egg hunts? Baseball season? Spring cleaning? 

Whatever spring activities grace your calendar this month, I hope you’ll take some time to keep your writing habits going. In only 15 minutes a day, you can capture your creative writing ideas, practice new skills, or make progress on that book you’ve been dreaming of writing. Here are 40 new spring writing prompts to get you started!

How to Write a Thriller Novel

How to Write a Thriller Novel

A thriller is not just a rollercoaster ride, but like a whole day at a theme park with head-of-the-line privileges. Ride after wild ride with maybe just enough down time to eat a corndog and take a bathroom break. The necessary ingredients for a thriller include conflict, tension, and suspense, all tied up in a nice, twisty package.

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