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Suggested Writing Exercises to Boost Your Creativity New!

Everyone has a story to tell. This is an inarguable truth. No civilization ever thrived without stories. Most of us tell stories orally; others write and preserve it for the sake of posterity. You too have a story--it could be an experience, an anecdote, or...

Foreshadowing in Dialogue New!

Dialogues can be an effective tool for foreshadowing. Characters have a distinct way of speaking depending on their biographical background. They have their sentiments and prejudices, and they could negotiate, persuade, and object. The way they speak not only reveals a hidden part of themselves, but...

How to Get More from your Reading Experience - Part 4 New!

Ask questions along the way Observe your reaction to different events and aspects of the book and question why you have a specific reaction in a particular case. If you laugh or cry along with the characters, check what kind of wording achieves such an emotional...

How to Get More from your Reading Experience - Part 3 New!

Start with the introduction. After settling down with the right read for the particular time that you will be reading, take notice of what you would easily ignore. Notice the cover image and the title. Take note of what resonates with you and what does...

Tips on Naming your Fictional Character - Part 2 New!

Select different sounding names for different characters Similar sounding names like Molly and Polly, Ally and Andy should be avoided to prevent confusion unless the similarity in the characters’ names is central to the storyline. It also takes more time to read a book with similar...

Tips on Naming your Fictional Character - Part 1 New!

There is more to a name that appears in a novel. As you select one for your fictional character, there are a few considerations you need to make. Names are some of those elements in your book that are subtle and their impact may not...

How to Get More from your Reading Experience - Part 2 New!

Deeper reads have the advantage of taking you to a whole new world where you can picture yourself in another setting and forget everything around you. They have a greater advantage compared to lighter ones. However, time for such reads is more limited which brings...

How to Get More from your Reading Experience - Part 1 New!

Part of being a great writer is being a great reader. Reading plays a significant role in a writer’s life, that is, for any writer who wants to get better at their writing. However, readers read with different intentions in mind. While sometimes we read...

On Transgressive Fiction (Part 2 of 2) New!

Art does not always celebrate the beautiful. Art also shows us the dark side of human existence. This is what makes transgressive fiction an important genre. From a psychological standpoint, we do not want to get ourselves into any form of hurt or trouble. When...

On Transgressive Fiction (Part 1 of 2) New!

Not many writers dabble in transgressive fiction. The genre deals extensively with taboo subjects and characters that fall under the antisocial spectrum. I once had a chat with a bookworm who told me that she isn’t particularly thrilled with reading this genre because it depresses...