[Super Useful Link] Craft Amazing Settings with this World-Building Guide

If you want a realistic setting or world for your story, you need to do some world-building. world-building involves defining, exploring and understanding how your story’s world is similar and different to the real world.

Your genre will influence the detail, focus, and level of your world-building. For instance, it’s a convention of fantasy stories to have detailed settings that are quite different from our world. In a romance story, readers don’t need super unique settings. They’re happy for the author to not put as much effort into worldbuilding, because the story’s world is usually a copy of the real world. Understand your genre before you start world-building!

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8 Ways a Notebook Can Supercharge your Writing

I started using a writing notebook in 2014. Since then notebooks have become an essential part of my writing process. Whether it’s an idea for a whole story, a scene, or just a cool-sounding sentence, my notebook is my second brain. I’ve currently filled 3 and a half notebooks (about 900+ pages – you can see my collection in the above header image), and I can’t imagine life without them.

Obviously, I’m already sold on notebooks. By the end of today’s post, I hope you’ll be just as hooked on them as I am. So, here are 8 ways a notebook can supercharge your writing.

1. Writing ideas helps you develop ideas

When I was thinking about this post, I only came up with 4 ways a notebook helps you write. However, the act of writing this post’s outline in my notebook let me come up with another 3 ways. This is a common occurrence. Whenever I have a 1-sentence idea for a scene, character or story, it usually turns into a whole-page affair once I start writing in my notebook.

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The Easy Way to Write a Powerful Climax

Nothing leaves a bad taste in a reader’s mouth like week-old pizza a bad ending. There’s lots of ways to write a bad climax, but most bad endings are caused by authors writing themselves into a corner, with no convenient escape through a ladder/window/trapdoor.

Luckily, there’s a simple way to increase your odds of crafting a killer climax: instead of planning from the start to the end, plan from the end to the start

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