Daily Writing Prompt #10

Daily Writing Prompt #10

You’re writing a story late at night and fall asleep in front of your computer. When you wake up, it’s still dark outside, and you find that your story is several pages longer than you remember … and it’s being written even as you watch. ←...
Do You Really Have to Kill Your Darlings?

Do You Really Have to Kill Your Darlings?

With one flurry of keyboard strokes in On Writing, Stephen King set down what has become an ironclad rule for a generation of writers: Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. It’s...
What Is ‘Theme’ in Writing?

What Is ‘Theme’ in Writing?

Theme is one of the primary concepts in writing effective fiction, yet it is often elusive for writers. Nail your theme consistently throughout a story or book, and you’ll leave a lasting impression on your reader. Without theme, though, your story is just a...
Daily Writing Prompt #9

Daily Writing Prompt #9

You’re ready to carve your Jack-o’-Lantern and have your supplies all laid out. When you plunge your knife into the top of your pumpkin to cut out a lid, the pumpkin begins to bleed. ← Daily Writing Prompt #8 Daily Writing Prompt #10...
Should You Wake Up Early to Write?

Should You Wake Up Early to Write?

Little kids the world over and from time immemorial have been graced with the wise advice of their elders. When it comes to getting ahead in life, the counsel usually goes something like: “The early bird gets the worm!“. It’s trite and overused and...
Daily Writing Prompt #8

Daily Writing Prompt #8

You’re visiting a friend at his new home. You walk up to the door and knock. After a couple of seconds, someone knocks back on the other side of the door, and the evening darkness lifts. You look around and find that you’re now inside a strange house....
Should I Use a Prologue for My Book?

Should I Use a Prologue for My Book?

The use of prologues is one of those discussion points — along with “plot v. pants” and cliffhangers — that can divide a roomful of writers in an instant. Fans of the technique will tell you that a well-written prologue is essential for certain...
Why Are Cliffhangers Bad?

Why Are Cliffhangers Bad?

One of the most common frustrations expressed by fans of fiction in TV, movies, and books is the proliferation of the cliffhanger. When a story seems like it’s building to a satisfactory ending and then just STOPS, the reader or viewer is first jolted out of his...
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