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Especially if your story takes place on a fictional world, you'll need to create fictional cultures. J.S. Morin offers some things to consider.

Especially if your story takes place on a fictional world, you'll need to create fictional cultures. J.S. Morin offers some things to consider.

Magic systems vary from colorful bears with tummy badges to ritual blood sacrifices. Magic isn't real, so it can be anything we want. But that doesn't mean all magic systems work equally well for stories. ...

How to Create a Rational Magic System

Magic systems vary from colorful bears with tummy badges to ritual blood sacrifices. Magic isn't real, so it can be anything we want. But that doesn't mean all magic systems work equally well for stories. ...

Pick a number 1-100: instant writing prompt!

Pick a number 1-100: instant writing prompt!

Glenn Benest explains why creating emotional conflict is so important for a screenplay and offers tips on doing so in his webinar at The Writers Store.

Creating Compelling Emotional Conflict

Glenn Benest explains why creating emotional conflict is so important for a screenplay and offers tips on doing so in his webinar at The Writers Store.

9 Surprising Reasons You Need 20 Characters to Start a Book  If you think you…

9 Surprising Reasons You Need 20 Characters to Start a Book If you think you…

The first chapter is like a miniature model of the whole book. When I read those ever-important first ten pages, here's what I look for.

The first chapter is like a miniature model of the whole book. When I read those ever-important first ten pages, here's what I look for.

Characters’ eyes aren’t cameras. Don’t believe everything they say they saw. Memories fade, details get distorted, and some features are never remembered in the first place. But that’s not a bad thing. Here’s how unreliability can strengthen your story.

Writing an Emotional Scene? You Could Have an Unreliable Narrator

Characters’ eyes aren’t cameras. Don’t believe everything they say they saw. Memories fade, details get distorted, and some features are never remembered in the first place. But that’s not a bad thing. Here’s how unreliability can strengthen your story.

Sociologist Hannah Emery offers tips for designing realistic magic academies in fantasy fiction. #ScienceInSF

Designing Realistic Magic Academies

Sociologist Hannah Emery offers tips for designing realistic magic academies in fantasy fiction. #ScienceInSF

The Four Rules of Using Fake Words - If your story takes place in another world, none of your characters are really speaking English. They aren’t telling stories or recording history in English; they’re doing it in the language you invented for them. An English language book describing their journey is clearly an anachronism. Why not write your novel in their language instead? Because you would be breaking these four rules, that’s why...

The Four Rules of Using Fake Words

The Four Rules of Using Fake Words - If your story takes place in another world, none of your characters are really speaking English. They aren’t telling stories or recording history in English; they’re doing it in the language you invented for them. An English language book describing their journey is clearly an anachronism. Why not write your novel in their language instead? Because you would be breaking these four rules, that’s why...

5 Must-Dos for Creating Believable Characters In Your #NaNoWriMo Novel. #writingtips #characters

5 Must-Dos for Creating Believable Characters In Your #NaNoWriMo Novel. #writingtips #characters

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