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.

Proofreading: All the Tricks for Producing a Polished Novel

A thorough proofreading is an absolutely crucial step in the writing process, whether you plan to self-publish or publish traditionally. Here's everything you need to know about getting the job done well... and when it might be time to hire a professional.

Copy Editing for Authors: What It Is and Why You Need It

What is copy editing? How is it different from all the other bajillion types of editing? Do you need to hire an editor or can you do it yourself? Find all those answers and more right here.

Squibler Alternatives: What Else is Out There for Writers?

Eyeballing Squibler but still curious about the other writing programs out there? Here's everything you need to know about the top Squibler alternatives.

Dabble vs. Squibler: Which Writing Software is Best for You?

Trying to find your ideal writing software? Examine two top contenders side by side in this comprehensive guide.

Examples of Creative Nonfiction for the Slightly Confused

What is creative nonfiction? Oh, it's only a super fun way to tell the truth. Learn more about what it is, how to write it, and where you've seen it right here.

How to Write an E-book and Get It Into Your Future Fans’ Hands

More people than ever before are writing e-books, whether they're hoping to build an author career, promote their own brand, or just want to put a little art into the world. If you're looking to do a little e-book writing yourself, this guide can help.

Book Cover Ideas to Inspire Your Next Eye-Catching Release

Your book cover is your first and most important marketing tool. If you could use a little inspiration (plus guidance!) for your next cover design, you've come to the right place.

What is a Ghostwriter? A Peek Behind the Literary Veil

Ghostwriting is a frequently misunderstood form of professional writing—when it's even known of at all. Consider this your comprehensive guide to all things ghostwriting: what it is, how it's done, and if it's even ethical.

How to Start a Publishing Company: A Great Big Overview

Whether you want to start a publishing company to put your own work into the world or you plan to build a catalog full of other authors' works, this is your guide to the best strategies for building your literary empire.

Rising Action Examples (Plus Tips for Writing Your Own)

Rising action takes up a massive chunk of your novel. About 50-70% of it, in fact. No wonder so many writers freeze up when it's time to tackle it. If you're one of them, this article can help.

What is Magical Realism? Find the Fantastical in the Familiar

Magical realism is an enthralling genre that somehow manages to illuminate truth by deviating from reality. If you've been curious about this fantastical literary style, here's everything you need to know.

What is an Anti-hero? Simple Guide, Complicated Character

The anti-hero is an undeniably compelling character archetype. It's also wildly complex and easy to confuse with other types of characters. Don't worry. You're about to get all the clarification you need to become a bonafide anti-hero expert.

What’s a Sensitivity Reader and Where Do You Find One?

Sensitivity writers are more prevalent than ever before, and for many authors, they're an essential part of the editing process. But what do they do exactly? And how do you know if you need one? We've got those answers right here.

Critical Feedback for Writers: Why You Need It, How to Love It

There's no avoiding it: critical feedback is an essential for becoming a great writer. Here's how to navigate the process with grace, create excellent work as a result, and get through it all with your self-confidence intact.

How to Handle Criticism: An Honest Guide for Writers

Being a writer means receiving a lot of feedback—both solicited and unsolicited. Here's how you can handle criticism, improve through outside input, and keep your ego intact.

Science Fiction Themes That’ll Hit Like an Asteroid

Whether you need ideas for science fiction themes, want to know how to work a theme into your sci-fi novel, or just like talking robots and outer space, you've found your article.

Character/Man vs. Nature: Exploring the Wildest Story Conflict

What happens when your character's greatest antagonist is nature itself? Some pretty thrilling storytelling, usually. Here's everything you need to know to write a nail-biting character vs. nature conflict.

Literary Trope Examples (Also, What’s a Trope?)

If you're a confused about what a trope actually is, you've got good reason to be. This one literary term covers a ton of storytelling devices, and nailing down the definition isn't always easy. Fortunately, we've got a whole bunch of trope examples to help clarify things.

What Exactly is an Archetype in Literature?

Got a lot of writerly types around you talking about archetypes but have no idea what they're going on about? No worries! You can find a full explanation here and learn how to use archetypes to write a story that resonates.

Unlocking the Universal Power of Cosmic Irony

Is the entire universe conspiring against your characters? Then you might be dabbling in cosmic irony. Enjoy this guide to all things cosmically ironic, from where you've seen it to how to write it yourself.

All the Must-Have Parts of a Story: A Guide for New Writers

There's a difference between the way we tell a story to a friend and the way we craft a story for an audience of readers. Want to want to write a story that keeps readers enthralled? Consider this your introductory guide to the must-have parts of a story.

Is a Creative Writing Degree Worth It? Let’s Get Into It.

Wondering if it's high time you got a proper degree in creative writing? This guide will help you think through the pros and cons, learn what to expect from a creative writing program, and consider your job prospects after you graduate.

Purple Prose: What Is It and Why Is It Such a Crime?

You may have heard people talk about purple prose. More specifically, you may have heard the phrase "purple prose" used an explanation for why someone didn't like a book or doesn't read a particular author. But what is purple prose? Why is it so bad? And how do you avoid it in your own writing? Find all those answers here.

A Guide to Memoir and the Scary Art of Personal Storytelling

Memoirs give us a glimpse into the hearts, minds, and experiences of people we’ll never meet. It's a powerful art form, but it can also be tough to master. If you're looking to write a memoir, this guide will demystify the process.

The Beautiful and Necessary Art of Messy First Drafts

It's one of the less charming truths about the writing life: if you want to create something brilliant, you must be willing to make a mess first. Consider this your friendly guide to the beautiful, inspiring, terrifying, chaotic art of the messy first draft.

What is an Epilogue? A Peek Into the World Beyond “The End”

What's the purpose of an epilogue? Do readers prefer to have one? How do you know if your story needs a little something extra beyond the happily ever after? Find the answers to your most urgent epilogue questions right here.

What is Tone? Unpacking the Secret to Your Story’s Vibe

Tone is one of the most powerful tools for writing a novel that hooks readers and keeps them engaged until the very last page. Discover what it takes to nail your narrative tone.

Foreshadowing: The Writer’s Guide to Building Anticipation

Ready to build some suspense and keep your readers frantically flipping pages? Then you'll want to check out this guide to foreshadowing.

Does Your Detective Need a Sidekick? Let’s Confer.

What makes for a more compelling mystery novel: a crime-solving duo with an interesting dynamic or a lone wolf detective who has no choice but to go it alone? This guide will help you think through the larger role of the sidekick.

Your Guide to the Manipulative Art of Socratic Irony

Socratic irony is sneaky, manipulative, and a great way to make a big reveal even more delicious. If you want to learn how to incorporate this device in your own story—or if you just want to get better at identifying it—you've come to the right place.

The Four Types of Irony Every Writer Should Understand

What's the difference between situational and dramatic irony? How does verbal irony fit in? What the heck is Socratic irony? And do you really need to know all this? This guide untangles irony and shows you how you can use it in your own stories.

91+ Literary Terms Every Fiction Writer Should Know

Ever feel a bit lost when other writers start flinging literary terms around? Don't stress. We've got a list of the must-know terminology, with crystal-clear definitions, examples, and even a few tips for putting these concepts to work in your own writing.

How to Write an Epilogue (and When You Shouldn’t)

An epilogue is a crystal ball, offering your readers a sneaky little glance into your characters' future. But is it always a good thing? And how do you write an epilogue that doesn't step on your carefully crafted final chapter? We've got some hot tips for you.

Character Diction: The Writer’s Secret for Stellar Dialogue

Diction is about so much more than choosing the right words. This aspect of your writing can help you create engaging characters with realistic voices. Here's how.

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.

Crafting the Lie Your Character Believes in 5 Tidy Little Steps

The Lie Your Character Believes is the key to their character arc, the central conflict, and even the theme of your story. But, like... what does that mean exactly? And how do you come up with a Lie compelling enough to drive a whole novel? Here's everything you need to know.

How to Write an Amazing Detective in a Mystery

Here's everything you need to know to write a spectacular sleuth that mystery readers will immediately love and never forget.

The Plot Thickens: Writing Twists in Mystery Stories

Plot twists are a thrill for the reader, but they can be pretty overwhelming for the writer. How do you craft a shocking reversal that totally makes sense but still catches your audience by surprise? We've got the answers right here.

Verbal Irony: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why We Even Care

What's verbal irony? How do you know when a statement is ironic? Is this a tool you should be using in your own writing? If so, how does it work? If your head is spinning, don't worry. We got you.

The Delightfully Unbearable Suspense of Dramatic Irony

Dramatic irony is a fantastic tool for ramping up tension, building suspense, and stressing your readers out in the best possible way. Read on to learn what it is, what it isn't, and how it works.

What Makes a Good Clue in a Mystery? Here’s the Big Reveal.

The puzzle makes the mystery. Everyone knows that. But how do you come up with clues that move the story forward without giving away the ending? Here's everything you need to know.

How to Write a Cozy Mystery Novel They’ll Devour in One Day

What does it take to write a cozy mystery novel that readers can't put down? Here's your full guide to all things cozy, from delightful protagonists to dizzying plot twists.

This Article is About Writing Unreliable Narrators. Or is It?

How can you write an unreliable narrator without making your readers crazy? And why would you want to write one in the first place? This article covers everything you ever wanted to know about telling a story through a less-than-credible voice.

Should Your Mystery Include Red Herrings? Let’s Solve This.

Are red herrings essential ingredients for an unputdownable mystery novel? Or blatant manipulations guaranteed to irritate your reader? Learn when and why you need this mystery device and how to use it without making your audience feel duped.

How to Write Young Adult Novels With Dabble (Guide + Template!)

Teenagers are complicated... even when they're fictional. But if you're struggling to keep track of your YA characters and their delightfully messy conflicts, Dabble can help. Here's our step-by-step guide to writing your young adult book with this cutting-edge tool.

How to Write Mystery With Dabble (Guide + Template!)

Need an easier way to keep track of all of your mystery novel's plot lines, red herrings, and shady suspects? Dabble is on the case. Here are our best tips for writing mystery with Dabble... plus a template you can use to start planning your story today!

How to Write Historical Fiction With Dabble (Guide + Template)

Loads of research, interweaving plot lines, complex characters evolving through major historical moments... historical fiction writers have a lot to keep track of. Here's how Dabble can make the whole process much easier.

How to Write Middle Grade With Dabble (Guide + Template!)

Looking for the perfect all-in-one writing tool to help you knock out a fantastic middle grade novel? Allow us to introduce Dabble... and all the features every MG author should know about.

Writing a Likeable Flawed Protagonist (And Why You Have To)

There's a delicate balance when it comes to creating a protagonist readers will root for. Your main character has to be easy to like but also undeniably flawed. How do you pull that off? Here's everything you need to know.

Dabble vs. First Draft Pro: Which One Makes Writing Easier?

Dabble and First Draft Pro are both great novel writing tools for anyone who wants author-friendly features without a steep learning curve. But which program fits best in your writing process? Here's a side-by-side comparison.

How to Write Romance With Dabble (Guide + Template!)

There's no way around it: writing a romance novel will always be hard work. But when you know how to make the most of Dabble's best tricks, you can at least get the job done with a little more speed and a lot less pain.

Author Branding Strategies That Won’t Kill Your Creativity

It's true what they say: having a clear author brand is key to your success in publishing. Here's how to brand yourself without compromising on authenticity or creative spontaneity.

How to Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference

A writing conference offers endless opportunities to learn, network, and take a huge step forward in your career. It's also an overwhelming marathon of non-stop sessions, events, and parties. Here's how you can seize this golden opportunity... without burning out.

Writing for Different Age Groups Like a Total Pro

What's the difference between chapter books and middle grade fiction? Can you write for more than one age group? Is young adult really that different from adult fiction? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about connecting with readers of all ages.

Flashback and Foreshadowing Techniques for Clever Writers

Flashbacks and foreshadowing are great tools for creating a more immersive experience for your readers. But using them effectively is a craft unto itself. Here are some of the best techniques for putting these time-jumping devices to work in your novel.

How to Use Beta Reader Feedback: The Ultimate Guide

Beta readers are magical creatures who spend hours reading your novel and offering invaluable feedback (usually for free) so you can create a marketable masterpiece. But how do you use their feedback? What if you disagree with it? And what happens if you get contradictory advice? Here's everything you need to know to make the most of beta reader feedback.

How to Create a Setting for Middle Grade Fiction in 4 Steps

Want to create a fictional world young readers love to lose themselves in? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about writing the perfect middle grade setting.

How to Create a Setting for Historical Fiction in 7 Steps

Creating a historical fiction requires both imagination and a ton of research. But how do you manage this balance of fact and fiction? We've got the answers you've been looking for.

Real Talk: Why is Everybody Hating on the Nice Guy Trope?

Is the Nice Guy trope really all that bad? Why are we suddenly giving the side-eye to all our classic romantic heroes? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about the Nice Guy, from the trope's influence on culture to its evolution in a new age of storytelling.

How the Most Successful Authors Made It Happen

If you dream of being a wildly successful author, it pays to learn about the careers of the writers who've already crushed it. Here's how a few literary legends got where they are and what you can do to boost your own odds of success.

How to Dream up Pen Name Ideas That Are Full-On Brilliant

So you've decided you want to write under a pen name but you're struggling to think of a good one. We got your back. Here are some tried-and-true techniques for finding your perfect nom de plume.

How to Use Subtext to Write a Story That Speaks to the Soul

Sometimes it's the words you don't write that move your reader the most. Sounds crazy, we know, but we can explain. We've got your full guide to subtext right here: what it is, why it matters, and how to master it.

Alternatives to Scapple: Best Mind Mapping Tools for Writers

In the market for mind-mapping software but not sure if Scapple's for you? Here are several alternatives that might meet your unique needs more effectively.

Alternatives to Novlr: Exploring the Best Novel Writing Software

Novlr is popular for its intuitive interface, distraction-free presentation, and productivity analytics. But is it the best writing tool for you? Here are six Novlr alternatives worth your consideration.

Best Plottr Alternatives: Find Your Perfect Plotting Tool

There's no question that Plottr is an excellent story outlining tool. But does it meet all your needs as a novelist? Get to know these alternatives so you can make the best decision for your own writing journey.

Alternatives to Microsoft Word for the Rebellious Writer

Microsoft Word is wildly popular, but it's not the only writing software out there. If you've ever wondered if there's another way to get from "Once upon a time" to "The end", here's your answer.

The Very, Very Best Google Docs Alternatives for Authors

Google Docs is easy to use and great for collaboration, but is it the best program for authors? Here are some great Google Docs alternatives if your old go-to just isn't cutting it anymore.

Alternatives to NovelPad: Find the Best Writing Tool for You

NovelPad is an impressive and popular writing tool, but is it the best option for you? Here are a few NovelPad alternatives worth considering.

How Dabble Can Help You Write Faster, Better, and More Successfully

Dabble wasn't just made to help you write a book; it's designed to help you tap into your best writer self. Here are just a few of the ways you can use this writing tool to improve your productivity and craft.

How to Work With a Co-Author (and Why You’d Want To)

Working with co-author can open the doors for more productivity, cross-promotion, and a lot of other smart business stuff. But how does it work exactly? And is it the right strategy for you? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about writing with a partner.

Fabulous or Formulaic? Understanding Literary Genres

You may have heard that your success as an author depends on your ability to write within the confines of your literary genre. But does that mean you have to produce dull, cookie-cutter novels? Here are the answers to your biggest questions about genre.

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.

A Seriously Long List of Jobs That Involve Creative Writing

Believe it or not, you can make a decent living with your creative writing skills. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about finding work as a writer.

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.

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 to Create a Swoony Setting for Your Romance Novel

From understanding the role setting plays in your romance novel to brainstorming soul-stirring locations, here's everything you need to know to enchant both your characters and readers with a world that’s ripe for romance.

How to Create a Setting for Young Adult Fiction

Want to create a world your YA readers are sure to get lost in? You've come to the right place! Here's everything you need to know about setting the scene for a young adult novel.

How to Create a Setting for Mystery—Let’s Crack This Case

A captivating setting draws your reader into the world of your mystery novel. It sets the tone, reveals clues, and even interferes with the investigation. There's no doubt setting has a lot of work to do. Here's everything you need to know to make yours gets the job done.

Creating Young Adult Fiction Characters Readers Will Love

Here's everything you ever needed to know about writing unforgettable YA characters—from tapping into teenage motivation to finding authentic voices.

Creating Mystery Characters: Putting the Who in Whodunit

Puzzling over how to create your mystery characters? This guide reveals all the clues you need, from crafting an unforgettable sleuth to designing convincing red herrings.

Your Handy Guide to Creating Middle Grade Fiction Characters

What types of characters resonate best with middle grade readers? How can you bring a kid's perspective into your storytelling? And how complex do middle grade characters need to be? Find those answers and more right here.

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.

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.

Find a Publisher for Your First Book: The Ultimate Guide

What does it take to find a publisher for your book? How do you know when you've found the right publisher? And how do you convince the right publisher to bet on your novel? We've got all those answers and more right here.

Creating Romance Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With

The romance genre is defined by its characters—all the ways they connect, clash, and come together. Here's everything you need to know about creating swoon-worthy characters.

How to Get Your Book Published Traditionally

Now that you've polished your manuscript within an inch of its life, you're ready to get your book published. If you plan to go the traditional route, here's everything you need to know.

Creating Historical Fiction Characters That Are Timeless

You've got your work cut out for you when it comes to creating characters to populate your historical fiction novel. But with a little guidance, you can handle it. Here's everything you need to know, from researching your characters' world to perfecting their voices.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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