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Need some creative writing encouragement? Don’t be afraid of a blank page: read these inspirational and motivational quotes with writing advice to inspire you. Whether you are s...

Mar 8, 2019

A pad of paper for writing and developing creative story ideas

After writing a novel, condensing it down to a short synopsis may seem impossible. But the book synopsis is an integral part of the novel writing process. It is essential to the...

Mar 8, 2019

Margaret Atwood at desk looking at pieces of literature

Horror stories help readers escape to another world by confronting them with the unknown. Celebrated author R.L. Stine, the creative force behind more than 300 tales of suspense...

Mar 7, 2019

R.L. Stine sitting on couch with cob webs writing

Hands up if you’ve heard this story before: A lonely hero who is trying to find himself. A sudden and unexpected journey, promising adventure and peril. A test of character, str...

Mar 6, 2019

old books

Writing haiku might seem simple, but it’s more than just hitting a specific syllable count. To gain a richer understanding of this traditional art form and even try your hand at...

Mar 6, 2019

haiku

Behind every good story—whether it’s a novel, play, movie, or TV show—is a solid narrative arc. Before you begin writing, it can be helpful to draw one up to get a sense of what...

Mar 6, 2019

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For thousands of years, narrative artforms have featured archetypes—characters built on a set of traits that are specific and identifiable. The heroes and villains of today’s bo...

Mar 6, 2019

The word archetype highlighted on a piece of paper

Metaphors, similes, and analogies are three literary devices used in speech and writing to make comparisons. Each is used in a different way. Identifying the three can get a li...

Feb 25, 2019

metaphor written on a page

Short stories can be just as powerful and moving as longer works of fiction; indeed, some argue that this form can be even more impactful because short stories deliver their cen...

Feb 14, 2019

A person writing a book with a pencil