how to write a horror story - terrific terror-writing tips

How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips

This guide to how to write a horror story covers the basics. First, read a definition of horror and common elements of horror fiction. Then read 6 tips on writing horror stories that you can use to evoke intense feeling in your readers, even if you don’t exclusively write horror: (more…)

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How to plot a novel - 7 tips

How to plot a novel: 7 tips for success

Learning how to plot a novel means first understanding the hallmarks of great plots. Secondly, you need to be able to incorporate these elements in your own writing. Here are 7 tips for plotting your book successfully (more…)

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How to write accents and dialects- 6 tips

How to write accents and dialects: 6 tips

Learn how to write accents and dialects in your stories because it will help you write about crosscurrents between people and places. Regional dialects help to convey a sense of local character speech in stories. Dialect and accent as literary terms – definitions ‘Dialect’ is the language used by people of a specific region, class […]

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Kurt Vonnegut's 8 tips - best advice to writers

Vonnegut’s best advice to writers: 8 tips revisited

The great writer Kurt Vonnegut’s best advice to writers, the 8 ‘rules’ reprinted in his story collection Bagombo Snuff Box (1999), has been shared often. Read Vonnegut’s creative writing tips below. We ask: Are they good rules? First: Who is Kurt Vonnegut? If you aren’t familiar with Vonnegut’s writing, Kurt Vonnegut Jr (November 11, 1922 to […]

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Descriptive verbs - 7 tips for avoiding weak adverbs

Descriptive verbs: 7 tips for avoiding weak adverbs

‘Don’t use adverbs. Only ever use descriptive verbs.’ This is a writing ‘rule’ often repeated, partly thanks to Stephen King’s strong views on the subject. It’s true that beginning authors often use adverbs to cover up bland dialogue or action. You don’t have to avoid adverbs completely, however. Here are 7 ways to make sure you don’t use adverbs the wrong […]

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Novel writing basics - 10 steps to write an unputdownable book

Novel writing basics: 10 steps to an unputdownable book

  Your grasp of novel writing basics such as plot and character needs to be good for readers to enjoy your novels. Here are 10 steps to make your book unputdownable: Step 1: Promise revelation in your story premise. Step 2: Make each chapter beginning and ending tantalizing. Step 3: Master novel writing basics: narration and description. […]

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