The Writer’s Toolbox

Read our blog posts for plenty of writing tips and tricks you can use today!

  • Narrative Writing – What Is It and Why Do I Care?

    Narrative Writing – What Is It and Why Do I Care?

    Narrative writing is the bread and butter of all good storytellers. It is how we tell our stories, connecting the events, the people, and the places together. But narrative is so much more. While a “story” can catch the reader’s attention, it leaves it up to the reader to draw their own conclusion when the […]

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  • New York, Rome, Milan: Writing About Places You’ve Never Visited

    New York, Rome, Milan: Writing About Places You’ve Never Visited

    Setting is an important part of any story. Whether it’s a memoir or a fiction novel, your story’s location can help set the tone of the story. It shows your character’s strengths and weaknesses and bolsters the overall theme of the novel. While visiting the location you plan to use in your book firsthand is […]

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  • Getting Your Readers Invested In Your Story

    Getting Your Readers Invested In Your Story

    Reading a book is an investment. It’s an investment of the reader’s time, trust, and mental fortitude. After all, they took a chance on your book. They are expecting you to deliver on your story. So how do you make sure this happens? How do you get your reader invested in your story from the […]

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  • Horror Writing…Or…How to Scare Your Readers To “Death”

    Horror Writing…Or…How to Scare Your Readers To “Death”

    Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen King. Anne Rice. H.P. Lovecraft. Bram Stoker. Mary Shelley. These are all names that most of us know from the spooky and scary stories they write. They are the masters of the horror fiction genre, thrilling their fans with stories of the unnatural, the gruesome and grotesque, and the shocking. They […]

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  • The Conundrum That Is “Show Don’t Tell”

    The Conundrum That Is “Show Don’t Tell”

    “Show don’t tell.” It can be the bane of fiction writers everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are new to writing fiction or a seasoned veteran, it is one of those writing rules we all try to follow without compromising our creativity and writing style. But are there instances in your story when it is […]

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  • The Sidekick: Your Hero’s Voice of Reason

    The Sidekick: Your Hero’s Voice of Reason

    Dick Grayson. Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson. Scooby-Doo. Samwise Gamgee. Wong. Jimmy Olsen. They all have one thing in common: they are the sidekicks, the voice of reason to their respective hero…or vigilante in Dick Grayson’s case. These are the close friends of our favorite fictional characters. It is their job to help the main […]

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  • Writing Sprints: Kick Start Your Writing Habit

    Writing Sprints: Kick Start Your Writing Habit

    What are writing sprints? A writing sprint is a timed burst of focused writing. You don’t worry about editing until the buzzer goes off and you concentrate on getting your words onto paper or the computer screen. It is a great way to develop a writing habit, allowing you to write more in less time. […]

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  • Creating Mood and Tone in Your Writing

    Creating Mood and Tone in Your Writing

    Mood. Tone. What’s the difference and why is so important in your writing? Read on to learn how to use mood and tone to evoke an emotional response from your readers. I was going through the questions on a Quora forum that I contribute to and came across one about mood and tone. The question […]

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  • How To Write A Novel: One Author’s Perspective

    How To Write A Novel: One Author’s Perspective

    As a published author I have had many people ask me, “How do you write a novel?” They are fascinated with the concept behind putting creative words to paper and spinning a yarn that will be remembered for years to come. While you can read up on how to write a novel in a variety […]

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  • Writing The Villain: Understanding Your Antagonist

    Writing The Villain: Understanding Your Antagonist

    Villain. Anti-hero. Mischief-maker. Miscreant. Antagonist. Most stories have one. Some of them are subtle antagonists, such as Crispin Yates’ father in my most recent novel, The Loch. Others are true villains in every sense of the word. Evil. Determined to undermine your hero at every turn. The Daleks to Doctor Who. Darth Vader to Luke […]

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