Building a Book: The First Line

Unlike Edward Bulwer-Lytton, you can write the perfect first line. Or, frankly, don’t worry about it.

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Building a Book: Planning

While picking up a pen and just writing might seem like the most organic option, that method doesn’t work for everyone. Planning a novel gives authors the ability to figure out their story and where they want to take things before they start writing. It’s a great way to organize thoughts, develop your characters, and structure your work. 

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Building a Book: Brainstorming

The beginning stages of writing a book can be daunting. Sometimes it’s harder to start writing than it is to continue the momentum once you’ve begun writing. You may have a plot point or a character in mind to start you off, but books are more than just one plot point or one character. 

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Tired Tropes

while tropes are important to writing genre fiction, please keep in mind that mishandled tropes can easily become cliches. And then there are tropes that are so beyond cliche they need to be retired. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the romance tropes we could do without.

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It’s Really Not So Scary

Have you ever started reading a supposedly scary story only to discover that you aren’t scared in the least? Horror is one of the hardest genres to get right because not only do you have to have a great plot with excellent details.

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Toxic Romance: Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse or past trauma is a frequent plotline in romance. And while something as serious as abuse shouldn’t be reduced to a plotpoint, it has nonetheless become a staple of the genre. Why? Because by and large, romance is the genre that most commonly addresses the issues real women face in their daily lives, including abuse.

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Balancing Act: A Guide to Setting the Right Pace for Your Book

When it comes to engaging your readers, pacing is everything. The pace of your story not only works to pull readers in, but it keeps them going until the end. Good pacing is one of the hardest aspects of writing a novel and extremely difficult to attain. But have no fear, we have compiled four elements that we believe all writers should consider when setting the pace of their novel.

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Worldbuilding: Part 2

You’ve done the leg work, but now what? Avoid info dumps by finding better ways to introduce the world of your novel.

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