The 4-Act-Structure: Introduction

The 4-Act-Structure: Introduction

As almost all the plotters would swear by, outlining a story helps a writer greatly in making sense of the story for the readers. We, as writers, know what our story is and how it plays out, the difficult bit is to put in into words in a systematic way and have it make sense to [...]

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Naming The Writer’s Unconscious – A Little Girl And Her Puppy

Naming The Writer’s Unconscious – A Little Girl And Her Puppy

I always read craft books not once, but several times. I guess that's the best way to really get the techniques and the wisdom they have to offer. Lately, I've been re-reading Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott and came across a concept, more like a paragraph or two, where author Lamott mentions about naming the unconscious: "My [...]

What Is Writer’s Block? And 3 Things to Keep In Mind

What Is Writer’s Block? And 3 Things to Keep In Mind

There are a lot of people who don't believe in the existence of Writer's Block, but let's face it, even though you don't want to name it, there are periods of time in every writer's life when you simply can't write (no matter how much you want to!) You can call it a "bad phase", [...]

10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story

10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story

Choosing the main Point Of View(s) for your story is either the simplest or the hardest thing you'll ever come across while writing your book. Determining the voice which narrates or unfolds your story is a tricky thing because if you select the wrong one your story is doomed. Sometimes (a few precious instances), you [...]

Point Of Views (POVs)

Point Of Views (POVs)

Point Of View, casually known as POV, is one of  the most important literary devices that is used in fiction writing. Determining the perspective from which the story is told is often the making or the breaking point of a novel. If you make a wrong decision, your readers will be highly disappointed due to [...]

Freewriting – Everything You Need To Know

Freewriting – Everything You Need To Know

Freewriting is a very important prewriting technique that not only helps you to get over your writer’s block, but also to tap into your sub-conscience mind and see what all ideas and stories are hiding there. Most of the times, we get stuck while writing a story, or an article, and simply don’t know what [...]

All About First Drafts

All About First Drafts

A First Draft is one of the most basic entities of fiction-writing and it lays the basic foundation of a novel. If you're a writer then you probably might have come across this term more than a thousand times already, and if not then you've come to the right place. Just for the sake of [...]

Editing Vs Revising

Editing Vs Revising

Many times, new writers and authors are faced with the age-old dilemma where they have to revise and edit their manuscripts. But only some of them really know the difference between the two. In this short article, you'll find the basic difference between "editing" and "revising" that will help you differentiate between the two easily. Editing: [...]

The 3-Act Structure: In Detail

The 3-Act Structure: In Detail

In order to utilize the 3-Act Structure efficiently, there is a need for a systematic sequence of elements to be followed that carries the story forward.  In the 3-Act Structure, each act has some particular story moves and by following these particular set of acts, you can rest easy that there will be no place [...]

Character Profile Sheets

Character Profile Sheets

Characterization is the most important aspect of writing a book. Whether it's a short story or a long one, you need characters, and that too strong ones. They are the building blocks of your story as they provide substance and an extra dimension to it. Many people believe that in certain genres, such as mystery-thriller, [...]