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Children's writing

How to appeal to young and old: Roald Dahl

British writer Roald Dahl is one of the most popular and beloved children’s authors in the English language. Writers can study his work to learn how to appeal to young and old and so create fiction for children that lasts.

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Modern-day novel writing Novel writing tips Writing advice

The art of suspense: Donna Tartt

The ability of Donna Tartt to generate suspense is one of the reasons she has as much popular success as she does critical acclaim. Writers can study her use of this element to see how she deploys it to turn her literary novels into page turners that exemplify the art of suspense.

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Writing Motivation Writing Process

Rediscovering the joy of writing

Writing is almost always a labor of love, but sometimes that love falters. When you begin to forget what you ever enjoyed about writing in the first place, it’s still possible to restore a sense of joy to your work:

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Getting better at writing: Simple ways to improve craft

Writers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the many aspects of fiction they must attend to when learning to write. Getting better at writing comes with practice, but you can also work on your craft consciously:

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Editing Writing Motivation

How to keep motivated after the first draft

How do you keep motivated after the first draft of a book? Read tips to stay focused for the longer haul of revision and the path to publication:

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Modern-day novel writing Novel writing tips Writing advice

How to avoid clichés in writing: Story themes

To be an original writer, it’s important to learn  how to avoid clichés. Many of the same themes are explored often in fiction without being reduced to clichés. You can do the same by understanding what the clichés of your genre are, and how to create your own, varied treatment:

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What are morning pages? Easy warmup for creators

Julia Cameron’s popular technique for getting into a state of flow with writing helps recover from creative blocks and setbacks. Learn more about the benefits for your writing process.

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Modern-day novel writing Novel writing tips Plotting Writing advice

Chekhov’s Gun: What it is and how to use it like a pro

‘Chekhov’s Gun’ is a concept that describes how every element of a story should contribute to the whole. It comes from Anton Chekhov’s famous book writing advice: ‘If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.’