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The Ultimate Guide to Planning for NaNoWriMo

Happy #Preptober everyone! 

I love this time of year. You get to dress in cozy layers, drink hot tea and coffee all day, decorate for Halloween, and consume all things pumpkin spice and cinnamon! 

But besides all that, it's also a month of intense preparation for any writer who's...

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How to Pick the Best Point of View for Your Story

Which point of view should you choose for your novel? Should you use multiple points of view or stick to just one? Is it better to write in the past tense or present tense?

Believe it or not, choosing which point of view to write your story from is one of the most important decisions to...

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The 6 Scenes Every Worldview Novel Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the obligatory scenes of the worldview genre. If you're writing a young adult novel or a story in which a character goes through a major life change, then this post is for you!

I’m also going to show you how these six key scenes manifest in three popular...

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The 10 Things Every Horror Novel Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the must-have conventions of the horror genre. If you want to satisfy fans of the genre and write a horror story that works, you need to include these things in your novel.

I’m also going to show you how these conventions manifest in three popular movies—...

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The 6 Scenes Every Horror Novel Needs

In today's post, I'm covering the obligatory scenes of the horror genre. If you want to scare (and satisfy) fans of the genre AND write a horror story that works, you need to nail these six key scenes in your novel.

I’m also going to show you how these key scenes manifest in three...

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How to Outline Your Novel with the Hero’s Journey

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use the Hero’s Journey to map out your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the Hero’s Journey, it’s a popular story structure template that subdivides the beginning, middle, and end of a story into 12 stages. Each...

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How a Book Coach Can Help You Finish Your Draft

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Do you ever wish that there was someone who you could talk to about your story that would give you constructive feedback and guidance while you write?

Or do you ever feel like if someone could just tell you the exact steps to take to finish your draft that this whole book writing thing would be...

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The 10 Things Every Worldview Novel Needs

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Are you writing a young adult novel? Or a story about a character who’s going through a major life change or transition? If so, you’re going to love today’s post on the conventions of the worldview genre!

The worldview genre can be found in almost every story. It’s the...

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How to Handle Character Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory is a great tool for developing relatable, realistic, and well-rounded characters for your novel. It also helps you shape three-dimensional worlds for your characters to inhabit and explore.

But, writing backstory for a character, or for a world—and weaving it into...

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Red Herrings: How to Mislead & Surprise Readers

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Regardless of the genre you’re writing in, there are probably some things you’ll want to keep hidden from your readers until the time is right to surprise them.

But in order to pull off a well-done surprise, you need to be sure to play fair with the reader from the start. That...

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