How to Create Dynamic Fictional Characters — A Writer’s Path

by David Gittlin Most serious writers want to connect with an audience; preferably a big one. You have something to say. You have a story to tell. You want people to read it. One of the best ways to make people want to read your work is to create memorable and relatable central […]

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The Missing Piece – What Most Antagonists Lack — A Writer’s Path

by David Ben-Ami Every reader loves a good villain, and most writers love them too. If you rack your brain about some of the most memorable characters in books, movies, and on TV, I’d bet more than a few villains pop up. I personally find antagonists fascinating. Sometimes I find them even more […]

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Creativity in Editing: A Good or Bad Thing? — A Writer’s Path

by Andrea Lundgren This is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month’s question is, “Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?” This is actually a very applicable topic, because my other […]

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Thinking About Theme When Writing — A Writer’s Path

by ARHuelsenbeck Simply stated, the theme of a story is a universal truth about the human condition that your story illustrates. Your theme may be as general as love, or death, or taxes. Or it could be as specific as think before you speak or be prepared to deal with the consequences of your words. Or try not to buy a house […]

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Being a Better Writer: Character Development and Character Growth — A Writer’s Path

by Max Florschutz Characters. There’s no force more central to any story you tell. Be it a run-and-gun thriller or a dramatic love dodecahedron, a tale focused around a lone wanderer exploring a crumbling city or a baker expanding her rivalry with a butcher (that last one sounds like a potential rom-com, doesn’t […]

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Finding the Right Beginning For Your Novel — A Writer’s Path

by smwright Some beginnings come easy; others, well, they bite, claw, and resist like no tomorrow, leaving behind frazzled writers. Take for instance my novel Heritage Lost: It’s beginning stuck from the very beginning, back when I conceptualized the novel in college. Its sequel, which I’m beginning, is already on its fourth (I think) […]

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How to Feel Like Writing Again — A Writer’s Path

by Ryan Lanz We’ve all felt it at one time or another. The story loses its shine and you’re left with a half-completed story. Why does this happen, and how do you continue? For a lot of writers, this is the mid-point of the story, but truly, it can happen at any point. […]

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3 Major Types of Rewrites, and the Big Mistake to Avoid with All of Them — A Writer’s Path

by Lauren Sapala One of the first things a writer learns is about the power—and the challenge—of the rewrite. For those writers who assume that everything Ernest Hemingway wrote flowed perfectly out of his pen on the very first try, the illusion is shattered. The more experience a writer gains, the more they […]

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5 Ways of Balancing Your Writerly Life — A Writer’s Path

by Michael Cristiano One of the biggest challenges I have as a writer has very little to with writing and very much to do with time and motivation. After spending eight hours at a 9-to-5, writing often gets left out of the weekday equation, especially when other commitments like personal upkeep, maintaining relationships, […]

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Writing Tips for Beginners — The Lithium Writer

It’s possible to learn how to write. Writing is not some inherent skill you’re born with. Let me correct that — writing well isn’t a skill you’re born with. It takes a ton of practice, patience, and perseverance. You know why well-known authors are famous? They didn’t give up. They believed in themselves and their […]

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