How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness” Have you ever read a book for a second, third, even tenth time—just to experience the emotion the story evokes? Clearly the elements of the story aren’t a surprise. You know exactly what to expect. If so, you were benefiting from an author who knew how to … More How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”
5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme Choosing a protagonist is often more of an event than a process. Writers sometimes feel more like the protagonist chooses them than the other way around. While most of us heed our first instinct to simply chase after this character to see where … More 5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme
6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals Quick. Tell me what your characters want. Maybe you have an immediate answer. Maybe your protagonist wants to save the world, survive, or live happily ever after. While those are all legit goals that have powered hundreds of good stories, what I’m talking about is what your characters want. … More 6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals
30 Words You Are Probably Getting Wrong! We all have our pet peeves, but if words are your thing, someone who inadvertently butchers their meaning rubs you the wrong way. You may, however, be guilty of inadvertently butchering words yourself. Here are 30 words you are probably getting wrong. Contents: The list Final thoughts The … More 30 Words You Are Probably Getting Wrong!
10 Tips to Get Your Work Noticed on Medium In the sea of professional writers, we all just want to get our voice heard and share our valuable thoughts to the world. Standing out among many writers on Medium is undoubtedly a difficult task. If you have been publishing for quite some time on Medium … More 10 Tips to Get Your Work Noticed on Medium
Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest The English language is tricky. Words can sound the same but have very different meanings. This makes mastering grammatical rules difficult. One set of confusing words are peek, peak, and pique. All three words share the same pronunciation, pēk, but have unique definitions and usage. Peek Peek in … More Peek Over the Peak with Piqued Interest
Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them? In the old days of creating content, the guidelines were all about your business. Tell potential customers about your service or product, explain your business’s story on an About Us page, and toot your own horn. Search queries on the internet were based on keywords … More Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them?
How to Create Fantastic Metaphors Aristotle said a metaphor was “the act of giving a thing a name that belongs to something else.” It allows you to pack a powerful punch in a few words. Your reader can take their full understanding of one thing and apply it to another thing. By writing, “my cubicle … More How to Create Fantastic Metaphors
Top Ten Writing Tools of 2019 Put these writing tools on your resolution list and get ready to make a clean start in the New Year. Contents: The Day Job New Year. New Ambition? Little Extras The Day Job Writing Apps #1: Scrivener It had to be you. At The Novelry, we have tried them all: Ulysses, Novelr, … More Top Ten Writing Tools of 2019
Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue When you write excellent dialogue, you will simultaneously sharpen the rest of your narrative tools. When you write clunky dialogue, however, it’s unlikely readers will be able to engage with the story on any level. Happily, dialogue is usually one of the most enjoyable … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue