Romance novels have always captured our hearts — they contain the intrigue, intimacy, and basic human drama that all readers love. And while it was once a “shameful” genre read mostly in secret, romance today is having a huge moment, with mega-popular books like Outlander and Crazy Rich Asians even being adapted for film and ... read more »
If you’re an aspiring romance writer, do yourself a favor by getting acquainted with the popular romance tropes out there. It will help you get an idea of what romance readers already like, and will help you write stories that feel refreshing and new. You can start with this list!
For any writer, the world of professional editing can be very intimidating — especially when trying to figure out what kinds of editors you need and how to find good ones for your project. Indeed, there are so many types of editing out there, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! But this process doesn’t ... read more »
Rhetorical devices are as useful in writing as they are in life. Also known as persuasive devices, stylistic devices, or simply rhetoric, rhetorical devices are techniques or language used to convey a point or convince an audience. And they're used by everyone — politicians, businesspeople, and even, you guessed it, your favorite novelists. You may already ... read more »
A clear list of literary devices is a good resource for any writer to have on hand. Strong device usage can help elevate a book from a story people forget, to a piece of literature that stays with them long after they've turned the final page. After all, in As You Like It, Shakespeare could have ... read more »
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Author Jessamyn West made this observation back in 1957, but it’s just as true today. We all know what a powerful vehicle fiction can be — and indeed, reading novels is one of the best ways to learn the craft of writing. Still, every now and again, we need ... read more »
Character descriptions — those key passages that describe what a character actually looks like — are almost as crucial to a written story as the characters themselves. If you’re writing a novel, you’ve probably created an awesome, vivid protagonist in your head: motivated, quirky, maybe even memorably named. But how do you convey all that ... read more »
Writing great characters is a constant balancing act — you want each one to have certain quirks and flaws, but you don’t want them to be SO zany that they’re off-putting to readers. So how can you come up with realistic traits that humanize your characters, without falling into cliché? Luckily, this post offers a ... read more »