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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 Heroโ€™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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How to Outline a Thriller Novel

Regardless of whether you fall in the “plotter” or “pantser” camp, having a solid understanding of story structure will help you write a story that works and satisfies fans of the genre.

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to write a well-structured...

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Narrative Drive: How to Write a Page Turning Novel

If you’re writing a book, I’m sure you’ve wondered how to write a story that grabs and keeps the reader’s interest from page one all the way to “The End”.

Because after all, every author wants to be read. Every author wants to hear that a reader loved their...

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Progressive Complications: How to Create Better Conflict in Your Story

In every story, your characters need to want something. They need to have a goal.

If you’re writing a murder mystery, that goal might be to figure out who the murderer is and put them in jail. If you’re writing an action story, that goal might be to survive an asteroid headed...

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