Advice and Articles tagged with fiction writing

A Guide to Fleshing Out Your Plot

The plot of a novel is a complication and its resolution. The author is free to structure this complication and resolution however they wish. This podcast will guide you through fleshing out your plot. Continued...


Back Matter Podcast

A book does not always end with the story. The last few pages at the back of a novel may contain what is known "as back mater," or, in plain terms, a discussion on some aspect of the book. If you are interested in the different elements of back matter, this podcast will be a helpful resource. Continued...


Five Habits to Avoid in Academic Writing

Everyone wants to sound smart and professional in their academic writing, but there are instances when an attempt to do so can come off as unappealing or difficult to follow. If you are a student or academic, this podcast can help you determine what to avoid in your writing. Continued...


Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing

Five habits every writer of fiction needs to break. Continued...


How to Succesfully Manage the Plot Structure of a Book Series

It is important to keep plot structure in mind when writing a book series. Each book must have its own plot while also following an overlying plot covering the series. Being able to tie these plots together is crucial because if done unclearly, readers may get confused. This podcast will explain how to manage plot structure in a book series. Continued...


How to Write a Book Proposal

How does one go about writing a book proposal? Well, like all of the answers to life’s big questions, this one can be found in the lyrics of The Beatles. Continued...


How to Write a Great Introduction Podcast

It is important to think of an introduction as a map to your paper. A good introduction can immediately set your paper apart from those of others. This podcast outlines the steps to help you write a powerful opening, such as including a well-constructed thesis statement. Continued...


How to Write a Preface and a Foreword

Are you thinking about writing a preface for your book or have you been asked to write a foreword? A preface is a brief introduction (link) written by the author, as opposed to a foreword, which is an introduction written by another person that usually comes before the preface. Continued...


How to Write a Preface and a Foreword Podcast

If you have decided to write a preface or have been asked to write a forward, you may require some guidance. In this podcast, we explain a preface and a forward, as well as what to include in them. Continued...


How to Write a Prologue

So, you’ve finished writing your book and can’t figure out where to put that extra bit of necessary information? This article will explain the prologue and help you determine whether you should use one. Continued...


How to Write an Introduction

An introduction does exactly what its name implies: it introduces the subject of the paper to readers. But most importantly, it provides readers with a map to the overall paper. A good introduction captures readers’ attention, tells them what the paper is about, and provides an outline of what is to come. Continued...


Interjections: A Guide to Using Interjections Effectively

Creating realistic, natural sounding dialogue in writing can be a difficult task for writers. Dialogue may come off as rigid and artificial sounding. Whether an author is writing fiction or nonfiction, they are almost always tasked with creating some form of dialogue. After editing thousands of manuscripts, the editors at Scribendi.com believe that the most useful tool to creating an air of humanism in a character’s dialogue is the interjection. Continued...


Interjections: A Guide to Using Interjections Effectively Podcast

Dialogue in a story should not be stiff, but should suit the characters. One way to add realism to dialogue is to use interjections. Ways to add realistic human touches using interjections are discussed in this podcast. Continued...


Is Writer's Block Getting You Down?

If you've clicked on the link to this podcast, chances are you're one of the many authors who have suffered-or is currently suffering-from writer's block. As the fabled nemesis of authors, writer's block is perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an author. But have no fear, in this podcast we've listed ten ways you can shake off writer’s block and get back to writing. Continued...


Pre-writing Podcast: Having Trouble Putting Words on the Page?

Authors have their own writing habits, and sometimes they can be slightly odd-they may have to write first thing in the morning, only late at night, or never on Tuesdays! When asked, every author will offer different advice about how to begin the pre-writing process. What is pre-writing, you ask? We explain the pre-writing process in this podcast. Continued...


Short Stories Podcast: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?

Do you have great ideas for a story, but don't have the time to write a full-length novel? Maybe you should consider writing a short story. This podcast details how to turn your ideas into a narrative for a short story, outlines what to include, and provides suggestions on how to organize your thoughts. Continued...


Short Stories: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?

Scribendi.com's editors explain what a short story is and offer helpful tips about how to write a short story. Continued...


Ten Tips to Help You Avoid Telling Writing

One of the most often quoted axioms is “Show, don’t tell.” The idea is to keep students from explaining the story, that is, to stop them from using telling writing and use showing writing instead. I have compiled ten tips that actually show you how to avoid telling writing. Continued...


What is Back Matter?

Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply put, is what you find at the end of a book—the sections that appear after the central story has been completed. These sections of back matter are often supplementary in nature, and often inform the reader about some aspect of the book. Continued...


Writing a Screenplay Podcast

Writing a screenplay is very similar to writing a novel or a story, but in a screenplay, you don't tell the audience what is happening, you show them. This podcast will help you gain a better understanding of the art of screenplay writing. Continued...


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