Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, Writing

How to Write Thrilling Suspense Into Your Novel

Suspense is one of the best ways to keep your readers hooked...but poorly done suspense can make your story fall flat or become way too predictable. Follow these five tips to write exciting and thrilling stories.

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How to Write a Magic System

Writing a magic system can be fun, interesting, and challenging at times. Each magic system will have its own rules, patterns, quirks, and exceptions. A reader might never know all of them, but it is essential for the author to know each and every one so they can write from a place of knowledge, understanding, and authority.

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Quick Tip #12

When starting a story, write at least five small anecdotes about your main character that are not related to the plot and may never be used within your story.  This allows you to get to know your character better and they will come off the page as a much more well-rounded character even if you… Continue reading Quick Tip #12

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FREE Writing Consultations For a Limited Time

Interested in starting a novel, short story, blog, essay, thesis? But you're just not quite sure how? Or do you have a few questions about a piece of writing you're working on? Want to go over title ideas? Flesh out a character? Writing help of any kind? Thanks to the current state of things, I… Continue reading FREE Writing Consultations For a Limited Time

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Quick Tip #11

Writing a villain? Within the first meeting, include these three things to make them terrifying but utterly compelling to readers. A dangerous or “evil” conviction they hold and why Something they have lost as a result Something/someone they love (not obsessed, that’s different) or care about deeply (people are generally best but it still works… Continue reading Quick Tip #11

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5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule

Writing isn't easy. I think most writers will agree with me. Some days, words seem to fly from your fingers and other times, you stare at the screen blankly. I get it. One of the best ways to combat that is to have some sort of writing schedule. Now, this should be extremely customizable to… Continue reading 5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule