Smell is the best sense to use in your writing. Yes: it’s better than sound, better than sight, better than touch. There’s something about smell that bypasses all of the normal roadblocks in our brain and goes straight to memory and animal instincts. It’s primitive. It’s elemental. If you want to really immerse a reader […]
Category: Writing Techniques
- 7 Ways to Write Smells in your Book
- 8 Ways to Write a Dream Sequence
It’s easy to hate dream sequences in a novel. I mean, how many bad dreams sequences have you read? I’ve read a ton, and that’s why for so long I was resistant to teach other writers how to use dreams, and refused to use them in my fiction. But after continuing to see dreams in […]
- 50 Incredibly Written Sex Scenes in Books
Articles about sex scenes in books usually fail in one of 3 ways. They often: Give such a short love scene that you’re begging for more Feature novels with busty men or bodice-rippers on the cover Offer sex passages from the classics (D.H. Lawrence, anyone?) that everyone knows and has already read.
- 7 Ways to Write a Story Within a Story (Nested Stories)
A key part of writing a novel is figuring out the structure of your story. However, this structure might actually only be one layer of your novel. Complex plots often contain multiple layers of story.
- 7 Ways to Use Other Languages in Your Fiction
One of the greatest strengths of novels is their ability to include the voices of a wide cast of characters. However, if these characters speak different languages from the one you are writing in, you end up with a dilemma: How do you handle other languages within your fiction?
- How to Master Worldbuilding: A Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy
From Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, across sci-fi and fantasy, good worldbuilding is what makes genre fiction stand out. Well-constructed worlds are legendary—they capture audience’s imaginations, and they make readers want to live in the story forever.
- 35+ Literary Devices Writers Should Use in their Next Book
Literary devices aren’t something you learn in English class and then forget about for the rest of your life. They’re a beating, thumping heart of the fiction writer’s toolbox.
- The Best Tips for Collaborative Writing
The first step to successful collaborative writing? Abandon the false idea that writers write better when they work alone. People usually think of writers as quiet and brooding loners who separate themselves from society in order to write. The solitary writer is imagined as an introvert, alone at the desk. But this fantasy of what […]
- Steamy yet Sophisticated: How to Write the Perfect Kissing Scene
One of the most difficult scenes to write is a kissing scene, or really any scene when when things get hot and heavy. Writers worry about being too obscene (will my mother read this?), or even worse, not vulgar enough (no one wants to be labeled a prude). Humans are private creatures when it comes to lust, and […]
- 8 Writing Techniques Inspired by Musicians
Writers, if you’re stuck in a creative rut, maybe all you need is a jam session. Art is all about connection: to the world, to each other, and to other forms of art. We often forget this last aspect, and it’s time we started learning from each other and our many different approaches to creativity. […]