If you’re a regular writer of romance or are looking to dive into this popular genre, you might be on the lookout for some stellar plot ideas. Spend any time reading and exploring the genre and you’ll know that romance is just one word for dozens of different subgenres all with their own tone and style.
Romance tropes are the heartbeat of what makes romance novels feel like cozy sweaters you want to snuggle into.
To write a romance you need to manage three separate arcs: your main character, your love interest, and the romance itself.
Today we’re going to look at story beats to help craft your romance novel. Beats are specific points of significance that occur in stories that a) help keep the tension up and b) help drive the story forward. They can also be extremely useful in helping you map out your story before you dive into your first draft.
Learn how to write a mystery that chills, thrills, and gets your readers begging for a series.
If you’ve never heard the term “meet cute,” let me explain. It’s a common expression you’ll hear when talking about romance novels, movies, and shows. It’s the moment that your love interests meet for the first time, often in a cute and humorous way (though it doesn’t have to be).
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.
Steamy Romance author Sierra Simone talks with us about how she goes about writing characters that readers can't get enough of.
Conflicts in fantasy books are fun because they tend to have epic proportions. We’re talking war and strife and evil overlords planning to enslave humanity. You don’t really get that kind of massive conflict in say, a contemporary book set in downtown Seattle.
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.
Historical fiction presents its own unique set of challenges. There’s writing the story itself. Getting the plot and the characters and the setting and all those important things that create a great story right. But there’s also the added challenge of making sure you’ve got the historical details to make it all come together with accuracy.
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.
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!
Young adult books are easily one of, if not the fastest, growing genres in publishing. A lot of the biggest breakout books like the Hunger Games, Twilight, and Shadow and Bone are all based on YA novels. There’s something about the teenage experience that speaks to us all—no matter how old we get and how long ago teenagerhood was.
Struggling to dream up fantasy writing ideas that haven’t been done? Let these brand-new, totally original prompts spark your imagination.
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.
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?
Young adult fiction is one of the fastest growing categories of books in publishing. If you’ve ever been interested in writing young adult (YA) fiction, you might wonder how it differs from regular adult fiction. There are a few key differences between the two age categories, but there are also some similarities. Sometimes it can almost be tricky to tell which category it falls in, especially with protagonists in the 18-19 age range.
So you want to be a romance author. Not just a romance author, but a romance author who makes money. Well, I have good news and bad news. Which do you want first? Let’s start with the good news. The good news is that the romance genre is far and away the best-selling genre out there and the potential to earn money writing romance is pretty high.
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.
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.
Love. That universal feeling that brings us all together. It’s an emotion that can destroy us or uplift us. Make us feel safe or make us feel lonely. It can give us the highest highs and the lowest lows. Love can bring down empires and love can overcome evil to save the world. Wow. That’s a lot for one little four-letter word to handle.
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.
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.
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.
What’s the difference between a great love story and a so-so love story? Romantic chemistry, that’s what. If you’ve ever read a romance novel or a book with a romantic subplot and found yourself not really caring about the relationship between the love interests, there’s a good chance the author missed out on building up that oh-so important chemistry.
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.
Pacing is one of those things I think only writers talk about. Before I delved into becoming a writer, I was a reader and didn’t really toss around words like “pacing.” To me, if something was wrong with a book’s “pacing,” it felt either too slow and boring or too fast and shallow for it to hold my interest. Chances are most of your readers are the same.