Doug Landsborough

Doug Landsborough

Doug Landsborough can’t get enough of writing. Whether freelancing as an editor, blog writer, or ghostwriter, Doug is a big fan of the power of words. In his spare time, he writes about monsters, angels, and demons under the name D. William Landsborough. When not obsessing about sympathetic villains and wondrous magic, Doug enjoys board games, horror movies, and spending time with his wife, Sarah.

How Many Chapters Should I Cram Into My Book?

There's no easy way to determine how many chapters you should have in your book, but let's figure out how many will work for you.

How Rich Will I Be After I Write a Book?

How much do authors make? It's a question every writer asks at least once. We break it down for you in this blog!

The Anatomy of Action: How to Write a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are what some readers live for, but writing them can be tough. Let's dissect how to write a fight scene in your novel.

Types of Character Motivation - What Gets Them Out Of Bed?

Character motivation is essential in creating characters your readers will care about. Learn about the types of motivation with Dabble!

How to Write a Good Villain: Full Recipe

It isn't easy to write a good villain, at least not without the right ingredients. Let Dabble give you the perfect recipe for a villain!

How to Plan a Novel That Rocks

Outlining your future bestseller isn't easy! But we break it down for you so you can plan a novel that rocks.

Don’t Be Conflicted About the Four Types of Story Conflict

Conflict is what makes books worth reading. Join us as we explore the four types of conflict you can use to make you story memorable!

Start a Story Right

The words you use to start a story are some of the most important you'll write. We'll help make sure you get them right!

The Common Person/Everyman Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Common Person or Everyman is a powerful archetype that can instantly relate to your readers. Learn how to use it in your writing!

The Creator Archetype - Everything You Need to Know

The Creator Archetype breathes life into their art, often to an obsessive level. Learn all about using this archetype in your writing!

The Sage Archetype - Everything You Need To Know

The Sage archetype is an important one in all storytelling—one that can either help or hinder the protagonist's journey in your book.

The Magician Archetype - Everything You Need To Know

The Magician archetype is one of the most popular archetypes in writing. In this blog, we explain everything you need to know about Magicians!

What is Chekhov's Gun?

Chekhov's Gun is a fundamental principle in writing. Join us as we examine what this principle is so you can apply it to your own writing.

What is the Snowflake Method?

We break down Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Method, a type of outlining that can make writing your book much easier and faster.

What is Freytag's Pyramid? How An Old Story Can Help You

One of the original story structures, Freytag's Pyramid is the foundation for dramatic stories and tragedies. Learn all about it with Dabble!

What are the different types of book editing?

Editing your book can be a daunting task. In this article, we breakdown the different types of editing and when you should apply them.

Story Structures: The Fundamentals You Need to Know

Story structures are the frameworks that tie your story together. A story structure can help guide your book to be the best it can be!

14 Common Character Archetypes You Should Know

Character archetypes can help you write complex, three-dimensional characters. Learn more about them, including 14 common types, with Dabble.

Punctuation Basics - A Beginner's Guide

Writing with proper punctuation can feel like the hardest part of writing. Don't worry, we've made a Beginner's Guide to Punctuation to help!

How to Finally Finish Writing Your Book

Sometimes writing the last few chapters of your book is more difficult than the tens of thousands of words you've already written. Don't worry, this article's going to get you set up with a system to finish your novel.

10 Different Types of Magic to Use in Your Writing

Magic is an incredible addition to fantasy stories, and there are a lot of different options you can choose when building your magic system. In this article, we look at the ten different categories of magic to use in your writing.

What is a Magic System?

Magic is a staple of many genres, but a spellbinding book needs a good magic system. In this article, we cover what a magic system is and why you should care!

Why Should I Care About My Book’s Theme?

It's easy to dismiss your book's theme as an afterthought - or not a thought at all. Let us convince you why theme is important for your story.

9 Different Types of Magic Users to Use in Your Writing

One of the coolest parts of writing a book with magic is creating your magic users. Here are nine different types of tried-and-true spellcasters you can use in your story!

How to Get Back Into Writing: Dust Off Those Author Cobwebs

Getting back into a writing groove can be tough, but it's something every author deals with. In this article, we cover a variety of mindset tips and actionable advice to help you get back into writing.

Dabble vs. Ulysses: Which Should You Write With?

What you write with can make a huge difference to fiction authors. But with so many options out there, how do you decide which to use? In this article, we'll be comparing Dabble and Ulysses to see which one is best for you.

How to Set Writing Goals for Novelists

Goals can be powerful tools for authors, but how do you go about setting effective writing goals? We've got your back.

How Do You Know If You Need an Editor

After you've spent so long writing your best story, do you really need to hire an editor to work on your book? In this article, we discuss five scenarios where you need an editor to help your story reach its full potential.

Dabble vs. Novlr: Which is Best for Writers?

When it comes to novel-writing platforms, Dabble and Novlr stand out above the rest. But which one is best for you and your writing? We compare the two in this article.

The Best Character Template Ever (100+ Character Traits!)

We've got you covered with the best character template ever to help bring your story's characters to life!

How to Write An Awesome Story With Multiple Perspectives

Writing with multiple perspectives can elevate your story from good to great, but it's not as easy as it might seem. Join us as we cover everything you need to know about writing from multiple points of view.

The Best Examples of Good Dialogue

Great stories contain great dialogue. But writing good dialogue isn't easy, so we're going to cover what makes for good dialogue, why it's important, and cover examples of good dialogue in pop culture.

How to Write Dang Good Dialogue

Dialogue is an important part of writing a story. It's how characters plot, fall in love, and even how they can fight. In this article, we cover everything you need to know to write powerful dialogue.

It’s Good to Be Bad: Writing a Villain Protagonist

Not all protagonists are heroes. In fact, some of the best stories feature villains as the main character. But writing a villain protagonist isn't easy, so let's break down exactly what you need to know.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Six

Plot is pretty much everything that happens in your story. So let's look at some methods that can help map out your story.

Revising vs. Editing: What's the Difference?

In the world of writing, revising and editing might be used interchangeably, but there's a pretty big difference between the two. Use this article to understand the difference and make your story the best it can be!

Finishing your First Draft - Day Two

Writing well requires preparation. Set up your space, gather your tools, and adjust your mindset to crush your writing goals.

Writing Complex Characters Isn't Confusing

Readers craze three-dimensional, deep, complex characters, but writing them can be daunting. In this article, we break down how to write complex characters in your novel.

How Many Scenes Should Be In My Novel?

Part of the technical side of writing is figuring out how long your book should be. This includes understanding how many scenes should be in a novel, which is what we discuss in this article.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Three

Your writing method will determine a lot about your process. Are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

How to Write The Perfect Sword Fight

There are few things as thrilling to read as a well-composed sword fight. But there are few things as complex, too. In this article, we cover all you need to know to write some incredible fight scenes with swords (or other melee weapons).

Finishing your First Draft - Day Eight

Theme is subtle, tricky, and will likely be the most effective way to get your audience emotionally engaged. So how do you do it?

Turn Fantasy Into Reality: How to Write a Fantasy Novel

Writing a fantasy novel is a big, exciting, and rewarding undertaking. In this article, we cover everything you need to know about writing a fantasy story.

How to Write a Horror Story That Will Keep You Up At Night

There is an art to creating a series of sentences and paragraphs that will give your readers nightmares. Learn everything you need to write a horror story and make your audience afraid of the dark again.

Seriously, What Makes Good Prose?

Prose describes how you write your book, and it can be challenging to get right. So, in this article, we cover what makes good prose.

How to Write a Thriller That Will Grip Your Readers

So you want to write a heart-stopping, white-knuckled, edge of your seat thriller? Well you've come to the right place. Join us as we decipher everything you need to know about writing a thriller.

Should I Pay a Publisher to Publish My Book? NO!

The publishing landscape is always changing, so many writers wonder: should I pay a publisher? Let's take a look at all your publishing options.

How to Make More Money as an Author

The key to making more money as an author is to find the opportunities that best suit your skills and interests and work hard to achieve your goals. By exploring different options, you can increase your income, reach a wider audience, and achieve the success you've been dreaming of.

What the Heck is a One-Dimensional Character?

Being told your character is "one-dimensional" can feel like a slap to the face. But what does that even mean? And is there a place for one-dimensional characters in books? We discuss all that and more in this article.

Dabble vs. Microsoft Word: What Should You Use to Write Your Novel?

Fiction authors have a difficult decision to make: what platform should you use to write your book? In this article, we objectively look at which authors should use Dabble and which should use Microsoft Word.

Popular Magic Systems to Inspire Your Writing

Are you looking for a little inspiration to write your own system of magic? In this article, we examine seven examples of the most popular magic systems in literature.

What You NEED to Know About Your Characters

When you make up fictional people, you're going to become an expert on them. You'll know them more than you know some of your friends. But what do you absolutely need to know about them before you start writing? Let's break it down.

Building Your Magic System: A Full Recipe

Magic is an essential part of most fantasy stories, but creating your own magic system can be tough. We break down everything you need to write your own magic system in this article.

Three Steps to Write Chapter Outlines That Work

Great chapters start with great chapter outlines! In this article, we'll cover how to outline a chapter step by step.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Four

Characters are the heart of a story. Let's talk about arcs, conflict, and growth.

40 Scary Writing Prompts to Give Your Readers Nightmares

There's a certain draw to being scared that some people can never satisfy. So give your readers what they want with these scary writing prompts!

Does Self-Publishing Hurt Your Chances at Traditional Publishing

With so many options for authors to publish their work these days, some people might be wondering if self-publishing hurts your chances for getting a contract with a traditional publisher. The answer isn't all that clear, so we break it down in this article.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Nine

It's time to start writing. Get started by setting goals, and removing some sneaky myths from your mind.

The Ultimate Guide to Start a Book Blog

So you want to take your love of reading and talking about books and turn it into a blog? This article will take you through everything you need to know to start a book blog.

A Whole Bunch of Juicy Character Weaknesses

Perfect characters are boring. Readers want characters who struggle through, endure, and overcome the obstacles you throw at them. To do that, we need to give them weaknesses. In this article, we discuss what character weaknesses are and how you can integrate them into your writing.

No, You (Usually) Shouldn't Pay Beta Readers

Beta readers are an integral part of perfecting your book. So should you pay these helpful readers? Usually not, but in this article, we'll cover why, when you should, and what you normally do to thank them.

Great Examples of Internal Conflict (And Why They Matter)

Internal conflict is essential for a great story, but what makes great internal conflict? In this article, we dissect what you need for a character's inner struggle and look at some examples of incredible internal conflict in media.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Ten

You have the knowledge and you have the tools. Time to become the writer you want to be. You got this!

Tips and Tricks for Writing a Fantasy Novel

Need a bit of advice for writing your fantasy novel? You aren't alone! Writing fantasy can be as overwhelming as it is fun, but we cover 30 tips to help write your fantasy novel.

How Do You Write a Conflict in a Story? Let's Fight About It

Conflict is central to every story you write, but actually writing that conflict is tough. No need to fight for information, we've got all you need to write conflict!

How to Write a Character Sketch That Works For You

A character sketch is a great tool to flesh out a character and keep your story engaging. In this article, we cover how to write a character sketch to make better characters.

Is Self-Publishing a Good Idea?

Deciding whether or not to self-publish isn't something to be taken lightly. In this article, we cover the biggest pros and cons to help you decide if self-publishing is right for you.

Five Different Brainstorming Techniques for Authors

Stuck in a rut and need to kick those creative gears into motion? Look no further than these five different brainstorming techniques for writers!

How to Write the Perfect First Chapter

The first chapter may very well be the most important in your entire book. But how do you write a first chapter that makes it impossible for your reader not to go to the next? We cover everything you need to know in this article.

The Book Themes We Love Most and How to Write Your Own

Themes add an important element to our stories, giving them meaning and adding extra depth. We'll cover some common book themes and how to write stories with them in mind.

How to write third-person omniscient POV: The all-seeing narrator

Third-person omniscient narrators are powerful storytellers, but are not always easy to write. In this article, we will decode the secrets of third-person omniscient POV.

When Should You Use a Prologue in Your Book?

A prologue can be a powerful addition to your book... or completely ruin it for the reader. Use this article to figure out when you book should contain a prologue

Set the Stage: How to Write a Setting

One of the most critical components to your scene, writing a good setting takes skill, effort, and intention. Luckily for you, you can learn all about it in this article.

How to Write a Good Antagonist: Full Recipe

Antagonists are some of the most important types of characters in stories, but also some of the most difficult to write. Let's breakdown what makes a good antagonist.

"What are dialogue tags?" you ask.

Dialogue tags are a fundamental part of writing, but they can be tough to wrap your brain around. In this article, we make you a dialogue tag expert!

Writing Nail-Biters: How to Write Suspense in Horror

When it comes to making your reader's heart beat in fear, few things are more effective than adding suspense to your horror story. In this article, we discuss the ins and outs of adding suspense well.

50+ Character Motivation Tropes and How to Make Them Your Own

When used properly, a trope instantly hooks your reader and gives them a sense of familiarity in your unique story. In this article, we look at how to use motivation tropes, make them your own, and give you more than 50 examples of tropes to kick your characters into gear.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Five

Characters come with traits, flaws, problems and much more. Time to dig into those and start giving some depth to them.

What's the Perfect Length for a Prologue?

A prologue can be a powerful addition to your story, but only if you get it right. In this article, we discuss how you can find the perfect length for your prologue and what you should include in it.

How to Write a Trilogy: The Definitive Guide

Writing a trilogy is no easy feat, nor is it like writing a book or serialized novels. In this complete guide, we break down everything you need to know to write your best trilogy.

Can You Make a Living as a Writer?

Have you every wondered whether you can make a living as a writer? It is far from easy, but we break down the way you can achieve your dreams as a career author.

How to Write a Death Scene That's Meaningful

As writers, we have the power to both create and destroy our fictional characters. Sometimes characters die, and you want to make sure you're sending them off the right way. In this article, we dissect all the best ways to write a death scene.

30 Downright Terrifying Horror Story Ideas

Need a little push to get those horror gears turning in your head? Here are 30 different horror story ideas spread over six subgenres for you to use. What scary story will you write?

Five ways to name your fantasy world (and why it’s important)

Naming your fantasy world and its towns, cities, and other locations can be a tall order. How do you even begin? What's the meaning behind famous names? In this article, we figure out how you can name your fantasy world and why you should put in the effort.

Finishing your First Draft - Day One

Finishing your first draft is quite possibly the biggest challenge you'll face as a fiction writer. To be successful, where should you start?

Up the Ante: How to Build Suspense in Thrillers

There is nothing more quintessentially thriller than suspense. It's that hold-your-breath feeling that we crave in these stories. So, if you want to write a thriller your readers will love, here's how you build heart-stopping suspense.

Finishing your First Draft - Day Seven

Time to learn one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. Welcome to the Plot Grid.

How to Get Your Self-Published Books in Bookstores

For many authors, including self-published writers, getting your books into bookstores is the ultimate goal. If you don't have a big publisher behind you, this article will set you up for bookstore success!

Top 10 Books to Level Up Your Fiction Writing (2022)

Writers are constantly learning and leveling up our craft. But, with hundreds of books on writing published every year, it's tough to narrow down your search for the best books on fiction writing. Luckily, we've compiled this list of the top ten (with some honorable mentions).

A Whole Bunch of Character Arc Ideas for Your Story

Great characters have great character arcs, but those can be tough to come up with! In this article, we cover fifteen character arc ideas you can use to craft incredible stories.

What is the Oxford Comma (And Where Do You Use It?)

There isn't a more controversial piece of punctuation in the world than the Oxford comma. But what is this comma and how do we use it? Find out in this article!

How to Build a Writing Habit That Sticks

When you create a writing habit, wonderful things happen. You write more, you write better, and you write faster. But how do we build and maintain a writing habit? We explain it all in this article!

What's the Point of a Foil Character?

Maybe you've heard of foil characters before, but what exactly do these types of characters do? How can you make a good one? Don't worry, we cover everything you need to know about foil characters in this article.

The Last Editing Checklist an Author Will Ever Need

Congratulations on finishing your draft! Now it's time for the dreaded editing phase. Don't worry, dear author, because we have a comprehensive editing checklist for you and your book, no matter what stage you are at.

An Author's Guide to Correcting Passive Voice

You've probably heard that writing in a passive voice isn't as great using the more active counterpart. But why? And how do you fix passive writing in your manuscript? We cover everything you need to know about correcting passive voice in this article.

Novel Planning: A Practical Guide

Planning your novel isn't as easy as it seems, and it starts before you jot down that first word in your outline. There are really countless ways to plan your novel, but we've created this practical guide to help you find your best system.

How To Write About Technology in Sci-Fi

Technology is to sci-fi as peanut butter is to jelly. So you want to make sure the tech you're writing in your science fiction story is the best it can be and leave a sweet taste in your reader's mouth. How? Read on to find out.

How to Describe Spellbinding Magic in Fantasy Novels

Magic is what makes fantasy so great, which means you want to get the words right. But how do you go about describing magic? Is there supposed to be a reason behind each arcane word? We cover it all in this article!

How Do I Format a Novel?

Sure, it isn't fun, but formatting your novel is an important part of the writing process. Whether you're submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, or you've decided to self-publish, understanding how to format a novel is essential for all authors.

What is Hard Fantasy?

Amongst the elves, orcs, wizards, and ancient curses of fantasy is "hard fantasy," a term that is part subgenre, part writing style. If you want to know what hard fantasy is, exactly, you've come to the right place.