34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books
34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books

The first lines of a story set the mood and draw readers in. This infographic features first lines from some of the most famous books of all time.

A Guide to Fleshing Out Your Plot
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.

Creating Believable Characters
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.

Five Habits to Avoid in Academic Writing
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.

Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing
Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing

Five habits every writer of fiction needs to break.

How to Avoid Telling Writing in Fiction Podcast
How to Avoid Telling Writing in Fiction Podcast

When writing fiction, you want your reader to travel to your written world and see the characters and surroundings the way you do. However, this can be difficult when an author uses "telling" writing instead of "showing" writing. This podcast gives you tips on how to avoid telling writing, such as making use of the five senses and dialogue.

How to Write a Plot
How to Write a Plot

A straight path 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.

How to Write a Plot Outline
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.

How to Write a Prologue
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.

Plot Podcast: Golden Rules for a Good Plot
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.

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