Advice and Articles tagged with manuscript

All About Script Frenzy

April is Script Frenzy month. Script Frenzy is an event that encourages authors to write an original, 100 page script in one month. This podcast will explain what Script Frenzy is, how to get involved in Script Frenzy, and provide some advice for script writers. Continued...


Bringing Your Plot to a Good Resolution Podcast

Are you looking for a good way to end your story, searching for the best way to leave your protagonist and resolve your plot? This podcast will help you decide the best way to end your plot with its insightful tips regarding protagonists and how to avoid a "paper dragon". Continued...


Creating Believable Characters

Any seasoned writer will tell you that creating characters that are believable takes some work. It's a little like painting a picture, stroke by stroke. Characters have to be constructed, bit by bit, until the whole, complex individual finally comes into view. Continued...


Ebook Publishing

Ebook publishing may not meet everyone's needs, but don't reject the idea of making your manuscript into a downloadable product without at least considering the pros and cons. Continued...


Ebook Publishing Podcast

We belong to a generation that values having knowledge at its fingertips. Innovations, such as the Ebook, have provided alternatives to the traditional methods of receiving documents (or written text). If you are looking to publish your work, this podcast will outline some advantages and disadvantages of Ebook publishing. Continued...


Finding Time to Write Podcast

Whether you work a second job, go to school, have a family, or all three, it can be hard to find the time to write. In this podcast, Scribendi.com editors provide time management techniques to help you maintain a schedule and keep you on top of your writing goals. 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...


Fleshing Out Your Plot

Your selection of setting and character will do a lot in this department, but you also have to carefully craft the sequence of events that will take place between the event that sets the story in motion and the event that brings it to its conclusion. A straight path between the two is rarely interesting. Twists and turns that increase the sense of struggle provide an opportunity for the readers to build stronger emotional bonds with the character and build suspense. Continued...


How to Find the Time to Write

If you're the type of author who is forever checking status updates on social networking web sites, then the following are some time management skills that may help you buckle down and find the time to write. Continued...


How to Write a Character Sketch

Scribendi.com's editors outline the key components involved in writing a character sketch. Continued...


Plot Podcast: Golden Rules for a Good Plot

If you are having trouble creating a good plot, take the time to listen to this podcast. The five golden rules discussed, such as creating a plot skeleton, will help you organize your story ideas into a successful design. Continued...


Plot Resolution: Bringing Your Plot to a Good Resolution

If you already have a plot outline and are in the process of writing your story, you need to consider how you are planning on ending your novel. Remember our mantra: a plot is a complication followed by a plot resolution. Continued...


Plot Structures for Books in a Series

When writing a book series, it is important to keep plot structures in mind; each book must have its own plot, a plot which is concluded within its own pages. Continued...


Prewriting: Having Trouble Putting Words on the Page?

What is prewriting, you ask? It is simply the first stage of writing and generally includes planning, mapping, research, outlining, storyboarding, and so on. Basically, prewriting is everything that happens before you start “putting words on the page." Continued...


Script Writing Podcast

If you have a great idea, but you are having a hard time putting a script together, we can help you get your thoughts on paper (or computer screen!). This podcast will provide you with some great tips for writing your next script. Continued...


The Golden Rules for a Good Plot

Everyone wants to know the secret behind amazing novels. Scribendi.com's editors offer five helpful plot rules that will ensure your novel has a good plot, one that will grab and keep your reader's attention. Continued...


The Plot Skeleton Podcast: How to Write a Plot Outline

A plot skeleton can also be called a plot outline—the structure or bare bones of a story. How to write a successful plot outline that incorporates characters, plot, and climax is the subject of this podcast. Continued...


The Plot Skeleton: How to Write a Plot Outline

There are many names for a plot outline; one of our favorites is the plot skeleton. Whatever you refer to it as, the plot outline is what will hold up your story if you know how to use it—or cause it to collapse if you don't. Continued...


Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing

Today there are many options for authors who want to be published. This article looks at two major types of publishing — traditional publishing and self-publishing — and the pros and cons of each. Continued...


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