Humor brings people together and has the power to transform how we think about the world. Of course, not everyone is adept at being funny—particularly in writing. Making people ...

Mar 25, 2019

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From journalism to literary fiction to canceled seasons of television shows, contemporary comic books can spotlight any subject. They are bold and dark, funny and poignant, and ...

Mar 15, 2019

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No matter what type of story you’re telling, suspense is a valuable tool for keeping a reader’s attention and interest. Building suspense involves withholding information and ra...

Mar 15, 2019

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Motif is one of the most useful literary devices when writing a novel or short story. At the same time, the definition of motif can be difficult to pin down.

Mar 15, 2019

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A great logline can sell someone in Hollywood on your movie idea and make them want to read your script, while a bad logline can turn away potential script readers and make even...

Mar 15, 2019

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Why do some stories draw you back again and again? Compelling characters and authentic dialogue play a role, as do heart-stopping action scenes and heart-rending romances. And w...

Mar 15, 2019


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

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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

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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

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