how to use genre

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

A step by step guide on how to use and understand genre as a starting point for writing great stories, even if it's not a genre you're interested in.

how to write unreliable narrators

What is An Unreliable Narrator?

What is an unreliable narrator? What do unreliable narrators do for a story? What is it like to write an unreliable narrator?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers

Stephen Covey's influential self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People translated for writers.

the creative well

Boost Your Creativity With Total Genre Immersion

Immerse yourself in the genre you're writing in. This fills you with ideas and helps you study genre tropes, figuring out what works, what doesn't and why.

imposter syndrome

How to Use Self-Doubt to Your Advantage

Many writers suffer self-doubt. Instead of letting self-doubt consume you, face it. Use self-doubt as a motivator to be a better writer.

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Filter Out Filter Words To Improve Your Writing

Filter words slow down sentences, distance readers from the action, and often create passive voice. They filter the reader's experience.

Why Tropes Are the Building Blocks of Great Stories

What is a trope? How do tropes make great stories? What's the difference between tropes cliche? Find out how you can use tropes to improve your writing.

Are You Writing The Wrong Thing? Life and Focus for Writers

Are You Writing The Wrong Thing? Life and Focus for Writers

With so many career options, writers are under pressure to diversify and are often neglecting the most important part of the job. Writing stories.

12 Essential Books for Writers That Aren’t About Writing

Fiction writers need to know how the world fits together. These 12 essential books for writers teach exactly that. Not one of them is about writing craft.

urban fantasy and how to write it

How to Write Urban Fantasy – 6 Magical Tips (and an exploration of the genre)

What is urban fantasy? What's the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance? These answers and more plus 6 tips on writing urban fantasy.

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What to Do With Your Nanowrimo Novel (an 8 step guide to taming that mess)

This is for the writer who actually wants to do something with their Nanowrimo project, to turn a messy, incomplete first draft into a real novel.

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