Posted on February 11, 2020

How to Create the Setting of a Story

As the core elements of a novel go, setting is easy to overlook. It may be obvious that you’ll need to tell readers where events are taking place. But creating a real sense of atmosphere, location, and time is the real challenge. Creating setting in a story goes a long way toward giving the rest […]

Posted on January 7, 2020

How To Create Book Characters

Great characters are arguably the single most important element of great fiction writing. Characters aren’t just props in your story, they act as a window allowing readers to step into the story and setting. To be emotionally impacted, readers need to relate to the characters that are experiencing the events. And the most effective stories […]

Posted on December 28, 2019

How To Write a Memoir

Wondering how to write a memoir? There are few publishing projects more personal than a narrative of your life’s most pivotal moments, and the process holds unique challenges. While you are the world’s top expert on your own life, the closer you are to the story the harder it can be to take an objective […]

What was the first thing that you noticed about the last book you wound up buying while browsing a bookstore or online retailer? Chances are, it was the cover. It’s the first thing readers see, and before they pick up the book and decide whether your title, description, or first few pages are engaging, they’ll […]

Posted on October 29, 2019

Literary Devices

Many authors know they have a story to tell, but aren’t sure exactly how to tell it. Maybe you’ve started writing, but you need something more to bring the words to life. Particularly if you’re a new author, you may still be figuring out your style—what makes your writing stand out, and how to deal […]