Abi Wurdeman

Abi Wurdeman

Abi Wurdeman is the author of Cross-Section of a Human Heart: A Memoir of Early Adulthood, as well as the novella, Holiday Gifts for Insufferable People. She also writes for film and television with her brother and writing partner, Phil Wurdeman. On occasion, Abi pretends to be a poet. One of her poems is (legally) stamped into a sidewalk in Santa Clarita, California. When she’s not writing, Abi is most likely hiking, reading, or texting her mother pictures of her houseplants to ask why they look like that.

How Many Scenes Should Be in a Chapter? This Many!

Can't get a clear answer on how many scenes should be in a chapter? Here's how to calculate the answer for your book.

57 Genius-Sparking Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Looking for great writing exercises for fiction writers? We've got you covered with prompts to inspire story, character, and more.

Clearing the Clog: How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block and Write Even Better

Want to learn the secret of how to get rid of writer's block? You've got to get to the root of the problem. We can help with multiple angles to clear the clog and get you writing again.

How to Describe Clothing in Writing Without Boring Everybody

Not sure how to describe clothing writing? It's easier (and more fun) than you might think. Here's everything you need to know.

How to Write Exposition: Transform Tedium into Triumph

Want to learn how to write exposition that's not so explainy? Divulge compelling backstory using these tried-and-true tips.

20 Original Character Questions (This Might Get Weird)

Need original character questions to inspire your work in progress? Dig deep with these one-of-a-kind character interview questions.

Why Does Character Motivation Matter if the Plot Slaps?

Why does character motivation matter? Find out why a thrilling plot is not enough and how to design motivation that resonates with readers.

Character Development Questions That Aren’t About Eye Color

Here are sixty-five character development questions, plus tips on how and when to interview your characters. Get inspired and get unstuck!

A Giant Pile of Character Ideas to Jump-Start Your Brain

Need character ideas for your next story? Find a ton of original ideas and brainstorming questions right here!

The Seductress Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Seducer/Seductress archetype can help you craft unforgettable villains and surprisingly sympathetic anti-heroes. Learn how.

The Orphan Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Orphan archetype makes for both inspiring heroes and unsettlingly sympathetic villains. Learn how to use this archetype in your story.

The Caregiver Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The caregiver archetype is more than a saint. Learn how to craft a fascinating, flawed, and deep-souled caregiver for your story.

The Innocent Archetype – Everything You Need to Know

Get to know the Innocent archetype, from Buddy the Elf to Andy Dwyer. Learn how to write this lovable (and sometimes chaotic) character.

The Jester Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

What is the Jester archetype? Find out what you need to know to give your funniest character true purpose and depth.

The Hero Archetype - Everything You Need To Know

What is the hero archetype? From epic heroes to anti-heroes, here's everything you need to know about crafting a compelling hero.

Three Act Structure

What is three-act structure? Learn why this story structure is so effective and whether it can help you plot your novel.

The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey is a classic story structure. Learn why it's so popular among writers and how to apply it to your own storytelling.

Dan Harmon's Story Circle

Learn about Dan Harmon's Story Circle—what it is, how it can help you plot your novel, and whether it's right for you.

How to Write a Children's Book – The Ultimate Guide [With Template]

Learn how to write a children's book with this ultimate guide and template for designing a story that resonates with young readers.

What is a book synopsis?

Learn how to write a book synopsis that gets the attention of agents and publishers. It's easier than you think.

How To Write A Book – The Ultimate Guide

Learn how to write a book in this ultimate guide. Plus find editing tips, map out a publishing journey, & download a free outlining template.

How to Start Writing

Unsure of how to start writing? This easy guide and checklist will help you turn your writing dreams into a reality.

Scene and Sequel: The Formula for an Unputdownable Novel

Scene and sequel create the current that carries your reader through the story. Here’s how to use these tools to craft a page-turner.

How to Write a Sci-Fi Novel That’s Out of This World

The answer to how to write a sci-fi novel is not as an intimidating as you might think. Here's everything you need to know to delve into the world of science fiction.

Dabble vs. NovelPad: Which Makes This Writing Thing Easier?

Who reigns supreme in the Dabble vs. NovelPad debate? Tough call. Both of these programs boast brilliant features that make the writing life way easier. Here's everything you need to know to figure out which one is better for you.

Emotions in Writing: The Author’s Guide to Stirring Up Big Feels

If you know how to convey emotions in writing, you know how to draw your reader in, hold them captive, and make them remember you forever. Here's how you can inspire all the thrills, chills, swoons, and more.

What is Middle Grade Fiction? An Introduction to Pure Joy

What is middle grade fiction? You mean, other than being the single greatest source of childhood joy? Here's everything you need to know about the books that inspire a lifelong love of reading.

How to Write With a Full-Time Job and Also Sleep Sometimes

Desperate to know how to write with a full-time job? Look no further. This guide has all the tips you need for finding time, staying on track, and avoiding burnout. Get ready to crush your writing goals!

Dabble vs. Plottr: Which One Makes Plotting a Breeze?

Trying to decide where you stand on the subject of Dabble vs. Plottr? It’s not an easy choice. At least, not at first glance. But stick with us. We'll walk you through the pros and cons of each so you can decide which one is your perfect plotting tool.

How to Write a Mystery That Tingles the Spine

Learn how to write a mystery that chills, thrills, and gets your readers begging for a series.

How to Find Your Writing Style (And Why That’s Even a Thing)

Wondering how to find your writing style... or why you'd even need to? Here's everything you need to know to discover, define, and rock your one-of-a-kind voice.

Want to Write a Gripping Novel? Tap Into Character Fears.

Character fears drive conflicts, motivate character behaviors, connect with readers, and make a character arc feel more victorious and satisfying. Here's how to harness the power of fear to write a captivating story.

An Utterly Electrifying Guide to Finding a Character’s Voice

When you’re finding a character’s voice, you’re basically Dr. Frankenstein trying to source the electricity that will bring the monster to life. Here's how to turn a pile of character traits into a living, breathing being.

Seriously, How Do You Write a Theme for a Novel?

Not sure how to write a theme? Struggling to even think of a theme? Check out this guide to building a story that means something.

Book Launch Ideas to Get Your Book on Their Must-Read List

All book launch ideas have one goal: to connect you with readers who will love your book. Here are some of the best methods for reaching the right people in the right way at the right time.

How to Create a Fantasy World Without Getting Lost in There

How do you create a fantasy world? Where do you find ideas? When do you know you're done? We've got all those answers and more right here.

8 of the Absolute Best Writing Tools Out There

Discover the best writing tools for everything from brainstorming and organizing to drafting, revising, and managing your time.

Making Money With E-books: All Strategy, No BS

Making money with e-books is not a far-fetched fantasy. But it does take strategy and commitment. Here’s how to make it happen.

What Defines a Great Book? A Checklist for Ambitious Writers

Seems like everybody has an opinion about what defines a great book. If you're eager to cut through the philosophizing and drill down to some clear standards that will help you shape a powerful novel, this checklist is for you.

5 Types of Internal Conflict That Never Fail to Intrigue

Five types of internal conflict, endless story possibilities. Learn how to weave a compelling inner battle into your next novel.

How to Write an Adventure Story That Leaves ‘Em Breathless

You want to know how to write an adventure story—the kind of heart-pounding saga that keeps readers up until the wee hours, whispering, “Just one more chapter,” until their eyes dry out. Well, this is how it's done.

How the 8-Point Story Arc Keeps Your Novel on Track

The eight-point story arc is a versatile novel-planning structure that's both pantser and planner friendly. Here's how you can use it to write your next book.

How to Start a Writing Schedule You’ll Actually Stick To

Learn how to start a writing schedule you won't abandon within a month! This guide walks you through everything you need to know, from finding your most productive writing time to persevering through writer's block.

67 Fantasy Writing Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of Yet

Struggling to dream up fantasy writing ideas that haven’t been done? Let these brand-new, totally original prompts spark your imagination.

Dabble vs. Scapple: Which One Will Help You Plan a Bestseller?

It’s Dabble vs. Scapple, the throwdown of the century! No, just kidding. These are both great writing tools, and there’s room for all of us in our vast writerly world. The question here isn’t which one is better; it’s which one is better for you. Let's figure it out together.

How to Edit Your First Draft Fearlessly

Here's everything you need to know about how to edit your first draft. Sure, it's a daunting task. But with the right perspective and some solid strategy, you'll make it to draft two in no time.

Overcoming Your Fear of Rejection as a Writer With Thin Skin

"Don't let it bother you" is terrible advice for overcoming your fear of rejection as a writer. Here's how to approach this fear instead... and how even the most sensitive writer can boldly pursue their dreams in the face of potential rejection.

Three-Act Structure Worksheet to Level Up Your Story Design

Our three-act structure worksheet makes it easier than ever to plot a novel with this classic story framework.

30 Good Villain Motivations (And Why You Really Need One)

Looking for some good villain motivations to drive your evil-doer's dastardly deeds? Find inspiration here... as well as some great tips for creating a compellingly wicked Why.

What Tense Should I Write In? It’s a Controversial Question.

Not sure what tense you should write in? Opinions about, but only you know best. This article will help you choose the best tense for your story.

How to End a Chapter and Get Readers Hooked on Your Book

Knowing how to end a chapter means knowing how to keep readers engaged and hungry for more. Power up your writing with these must-know tips and get inspired with 16 chapter-ending ideas.

Submitting a Manuscript to a Publisher: Is It Even Allowed?

Is submitting a manuscript to a publisher without an agent a good idea? Will it lead anywhere? And how does it work? We've got those answers for you right here.

Writing Middle Grade Fiction: How to Get Inside Young Minds

Interested in writing middle grade fiction? Then you gotta learn how to think like a kid. Check out this comprehensive guide to creating a story that keeps them up past their bedtime.

8 Traits a Negative Character Arc Absolutely Must Have

Want to create a disturbingly compelling negative character arc? The secret is to make your character's downfall feel plausible—even inevitable. Here's how.

More, Faster, Better: Writing Hacks for Word Slayers

On the prowl for writing hacks? We've got you covered. Whether you hope to write more, write faster, or write better, these tips are sure to help you conquer your goals.

Craft Intriguing Secondary Characters in Exactly 7 Steps

Secondary characters make your fictional world complete and give your protagonist something to care about. But how do you develop these compelling side players without overshadowing your main character? Here's what you need to know.

How to Write a Novel in a Month With Your Crazy Schedule

Is it hard to write a novel in a month? Oh, you betcha. But it's a goal worth pursuing, and with these strategies in place, you can definitely pull it off.

How to Craft the Enduring Supporting Characters Readers Love

Supporting characters often become the best loved, least forgettable players in a novel. But how do you create supporting characters that are interesting enough to be adored without overshadowing the protagonist? Here's what you need to know.

A Character Arc Template for Crafting Riveting Transformations

Oh hey, look at this! It's a free, downloadable character arc template to help you craft fascinating journeys for your characters. Plus, learn what it takes to create an arc-worthy character and how to weave their arc into your plot.

How to Make a Book Cover That Seriously Sells

Planning to self-publish your novel? Then you need to know how to make a book cover. Here's everything you need to know about catching your reader's eye and getting them to click "buy."

How Do You Write a Good Inciting Incident? 9 Hot Tips!

How do you write a good inciting incident? And what makes it good? These nine, easy-to-follow tips will help you devise a story catalyst that captivates your readers and launches an unforgettable adventure.

The Best Writing Advice to Level-Up Your Craft

The best writing advice inspires, challenges, and invites you to look at your craft in a whole new way. Here are our favorite tips from famous writers (plus a few of our own).

How to Write a Novella: Short, Sweet, and Sellable

Why should you learn how to write a novella? Because a novella can be a great tool for building an audience, mastering your craft, and even introducing a series. Here's everything you need to know to get the most out of this focused style of storytelling.

Worldbuilding Guide: Design a World That Captivates Readers

Looking for the ultimate worldbuilding guide? You found it. From mapping worlds to dodging Worldbuilder's Disease, this how-to covers it all.

Third-Person Limited: When It’s All About That One Character

The third-person limited point of view is extremely popular in novels of all genres. Learn why and how to master this narrative style yourself.

How to Write a Query Letter to an Agent: An Angst-Free Guide

If you plan to publish your novel traditionally, you need to learn how to write a query letter to an agent. Here's everything you need to know to snag the attention of your future rep.

Becoming an Author: How to Do It and Why You’d Want To

The journey to becoming an author is long, challenging, and deeply rewarding. Ready to leap into the adventure of authorship? Here's everything you need to know.

7 Tips for How to Write a Depressed Character Authentically

Want to learn how to write a depressed character realistically and respectfully? Hoping to avoid bad clichés and harmful stereotypes? We can help.

Author’s Tone: The Sneaky Li’l Secret to Roping Them In

Author's tone is an abstract, slippery concept. But once you've mastered this skill in your writing, you'll have a powerful tool for captivating readers.

Sci-Fi Worldbuilding: How to Construct an Unforgettable Universe

Sci-fi worldbuilding might be a huge task, but it's also insanely fun. And this guide will help you set some parameters so you don't get lost in the depths of your wildest imagination.

First-Person Narrative: How to Make It All About Me, Me, Me

Should you use a first-person narrative in your novel? What are the benefits? And how do you do it well? Find the answers right here.

How to Find Beta Readers: What Everyone Else Seems to Know

No clue how to find beta readers? Don't sweat it. As it turns out, potential beta readers are everywhere. Here's how to track them down.

The Best First Lines of Books (And How to Write Your Own)

Studying the best first lines of books not only helps you write your own brilliant opening, it also sharpens your writing skills overall. Here are some of the best first lines ever written, plus some great tips for nailing your own.

How to Write Realistic Dialogue for Literary Eavesdroppers

Realistic dialogue makes your readers feel like they're peering in on the private lives of strangers. Creepy? Maybe. But it's also the secret to writing a story that connects and resonates. Here's how to write dialogue that feels real.

How to Research Historical Fiction and Nail Your Setting

You know you have to research historical fiction if you want to write historical fiction. But how do you learn about your chosen time period? And how do you know when you're done researching? Here's what you need to know.

51 Character Motivation Examples for a Clear, Compelling Arc

Need a few character motivation examples to get those wheels turning? Or even to just get a better grip on what character motivation is? You can find 'em right here.

Creating Character Arcs: Torment Your Hero in Eight Steps

Creating character arcs isn't for the faint of heart. You've got to be ruthless. You've got to be strategic. And it also helps to read this step-by-step guide.

How to Become a Successful Author If You’re Just Some Person

Not sure how to become a successful author—or if it's even possible? Learn exactly what it takes to make it as a writer.

How to Brainstorm a Story That Leaves ‘Em Thunderstruck

Let's talk about how to brainstorm a story—how to conjure an absolute thunderfest of brilliance using only flashes of inspiration and the genius hidden in the deepest recesses of your subconscious. Here are our best tips for dreaming up and organizing great ideas for your next masterpiece.

Dabble vs. Google Docs: What Fiction Writers Should Know

Trying to decide between Dabble vs. Google Docs before starting your next novel? Both of these writing programs are quick to learn, easy to use, and great at what they do. But they're not interchangeable. Here's how decide which one is best for you.

Writing Abused Characters Respectfully and Authentically

Writing abused characters requires humility, empathy, and a lot of research. Here’s how to portray these experiences authentically and with care.

Scrivener Alternatives: Conquer Your Craft Your Way

Looking for Scrivener alternatives that suit your specific writing needs? We can help. Here are some of the best-loved writing programs, plus all the insights you need to decide which tool works best for your process.

The Character Development Worksheet You’ve Been Looking For

Snag this free, downloadable character development worksheet, designed to help you craft compelling characters and write an unputdownable story.

How Many Scenes in an Act? Don’t Overthink It.

There may not be one universal answer to how many scenes should be in an act. But this guide will help you find the right answer for your novel.

Exactly How Long Does It Take to Get a Book Published?

How long does it take to get a book published? And is there anything you can do to control the timeline? Here's everything you need to know to set realistic expectations and prepare for a smooth(ish) publishing process.

Show, Don’t Tell Worksheets to Level-Up Your Writing

These free Don't Tell worksheets will help you perfect your prose and write a story that feels real for your reader. Learn how to stir emotions and communicate theme without all the clunky explanations.

How to Write a Flashback (And When You Shouldn’t)

Want to learn how to write a flashback? Consider this your comprehensive guide to recreating your character's backstory for the reader. Discover tricks for doing it well... and deciding whether it makes sense to write a flashback in the first place.

Easy-Breezy Guide to All the Types of Characters in Fiction

Here's everything you wanted to know about all the types of characters in fiction. Learn how to define and write tertiary characters, protagonists, foils, and everything in between.

How to Pace a Story and Write an Irresistible Novel

Knowing how to pace a story is absolutely mandatory if you hope to write an unputdownable novel. The tricky part? The formula isn't the same for every book. Use this guide to learn how to pace your one-of-a-kind tale.

How to Write a Prologue That Gets Readers Amped

Knowing how to write a prologue is about more than putting all the right parts in the right order. You also need to know why you're writing one so you can use this storytelling guide to its fullest potential. This guide will help.

Protagonist vs. Antagonist: Craft Conflict Through Character

The protagonist vs. antagonist relationship is what makes your story a story. Learn how to craft each of these characters brilliantly and create conflict your readers will keep thinking about long after "the end."

The 3 Publishing Processes Every Writer Should Understand

Which of the three major publishing processes matches your vision for your author career? How long do they take? Which is most profitable? You'll find all those answers right here.

50 Sad Story Ideas That Will Leave Your Readers Shattered

Looking for a sad story idea that will absolutely destroy your readers (in a good way)? Here are 50 ideas you're free to steal, plus a few bonus tips on getting your audience to feel those feels.

The Nice Guy Trope: Caring, Courageous, or Cringeworthy?

The Nice Guy trope: it's gotten increasingly controversial in the last few years, but it is it all bad? What defines this trope and how do authors adapt it for the modern world? We've got those answers right here.

How to Write a Book Pitch No One Can Resist

Want to write a book pitch that snags an agents attention, intrigues publishers, and gets readers clicking "buy"? Here's everything you know about composing the perfect sales pitch for your novel.

Inspirational Authors Who Will Rekindle Your Love of Writing

Feeling a little lost, discouraged, or stuck in your writing career? The stories of these inspirational authors are sure to reignite your create passion and spark new ideas.

How to Create an Audiobook That Ranks High on Google

There's never been a better time to create an audiobook. But how do you do it? More importantly, how do you make sure your self-published audiobook is a quality product? Here's everything you need to know.

How Much Do Bestselling Authors Make Per Book?

You've heard it before: becoming an author is a terrible get-rich-quick scheme. But what about bestselling authors? Aren't they rolling in it? Here's everything you wanted to know about the earnings of the elite few.

Ultimate Guide to Literary Agents: From Query to Book Deal

If you're looking for a guide to literary agents, this one has ev-er-y-thing. Get all your questions answered, including how to find an agent, how to work with one, how much you have to pay them, and much more.

Great Opening Lines and Why They Work So Darn Well

Ready to get inspired by some of the best opening lines in literature? Here are some of our favorites, why they're so brilliant, and how you can write a stellar first line that draws readers into the world of your story.

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