Category: Fiction Writing

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 …

Ultimate Guide: 9 Fiction Genres You Should Know About

The lines separating genres in fiction writing can be hard to identify. Not everyone agrees where to draw them, and as trends in genre fiction evolve, they’re constantly changing anyway. What’s more, the cross-pollination of hallmarks and themes from different genres makes boxes and boundaries even trickier to establish. As …

How To Find And Fix Plot Holes In Your Novel

Plot holes. We all know what they are: inconsistencies or gaps that defy logic in stories. And we all know they're entirely undesirable when it comes to writing a good novel. Plot holes diminish the plausibility of a story and can have a huge effect on the way that story …

5 Key Questions To Ask About Character Motivations

Creating compelling characters is perhaps the most important aspect of fiction writing. Previously, we've explored the processes of crafting believable characters, writing strong character relationships, and making your characters more memorable. But what about your characters' motivations? The decisions and actions of characters drive the plot of every story. And each …