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Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo?

November is just around the corner and that can mean only one thing—authors worldwide are sharpening their pencils in preparation for NaNoWriMo. Not in the know about NaNoWriMo? This funny little acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is the ambitious—albeit fun—goal of writing an entire novel in one month. 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...


Front Matter: What it is and Why it is Important

All the material that appears at the front of a book before the actual content is called front matter, and it actually contains some very important information! Continued...


Guide to NaNoWriMo Podcast

You can't start writing your NaNoWriMo novel until November 1st, but that doesn't mean you can't prepare beforehand. The week before NaNoWriMo, authors should be setting their schedules, stocking up on snacks, and finishing any last minute chores. This podcast is a guide to successfully getting through NaNoWriMo. 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 Character Sketch

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


NaNoWriMo: Tips on Writing a book

While it may be true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, it is also true that the most difficult step of the journey is the final one. Participating in NaNoWriMo is a marathon of writing, and finishing depends solely on you. That being said, Scribendi.com wants to suggest some techniques that will help you cross the finish line. Continued...


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

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


Scribendi.com’s Guide to National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month has arrived, which means it’s time for you to begin writing your 50,000 word novel. Scribendi.com wants you to succeed and, in order to help you, we have a few suggestions. 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...


The Top 10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

As the fabled nemesis of authors for centuries, writer’s block is perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an author. That seemingly impenetrable barrier that, for whatever reason, arises in the mind of an author from time to time can be of overwhelming annoyance, but have no fear, the editors at Scribendi.com are here to help. Continued...


Webinar: How to Write a Novel

Bryan, Scribendi.com's Senior Editor and a published writer, discusses how to write a novel in this webinar. Bryan delved into setting, character, conflict, and structure. He also introduced some of the important elements of a novel, such as theme, tone, and dialogue. Finally, he pointed out the importance of genre, audience, and literary conventions. Continued...


What happens After You Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel in a Month?

You need to wait long enough so you are able to critically approach your NaNoWriMo novel and make the tough decisions that are required to perform effective manuscript editing. Some writers don’t like the process of revision, but successful writers know the first draft is really just about telling a story; the second draft is about writing a novel. 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...


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