Author: Kyla Bagnall

How To Master Setting In Your Novel

In our visual world of cinema and photography, setting often takes a back seat in novels. But even when constructed through words, visuals are a powerful story element. Whether creating a fantasy world from scratch or using the current world as your backdrop, it is important to work your setting …

5 Steps To Naming Your Characters Effectively

Names are powerful. And naming a character is not a decision to be taken lightly. It can even be more important than a character's carefully-crafted appearance. Good names help both writers and readers move through a story smoothly." — Dan Schmidt But it's no easy task to find the right name for your …

When (And How) To Split Your Story Into A Series

You've been working away at your novel, lovingly crafting each word, and the thought occurs to you: should I split this into another book or two? Often this thought comes up when you glance at your word length, steadily increasing beyond your expectations. Splitting or expanding your novel into a series …

How To Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World

'Write with all five senses' is a brilliant rule for working on description; but how familiar are you with each? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are five simple details that help make your fictional world come to life. The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human …

Literary Devices: How To Master Alternate Point of View

Alternate Point of View (POV) is a complicated narration form, but, if done the right way, it can make for a captivating read. This technique combines the depth of a single character’s perspective with the versatility of switching between characters. You can alternate between two characters, or several – but the …