Writing Craft

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

The Manuscript Shredder’s NaNoWriMo Plot Point Calendar is now a Scrivener Template

Monday Writing Roundup-August 20

Monday Writing Roundup-August 20

Monday writing roundup: writing exercises, book piracy, and more.

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Most writing advice blogs will tell you to never use dreams, flashbacks, or waking up to begin your story. But can they work?

Using Enneagrams for Character arcs

Using Enneagrams for Character arcs

Using Enneagrams to map out your character arcs will create realistically flawed characters and make their transformations feel real.

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Get Shredded! The Manuscript Shredder is always looking for new pages to get her claws into.  Opening pages are the gateway to getting an agent’s attention. If these aren’t hitting the mark, your story will never get out of the slush pile. This is where […]

Scene Structure

Scene Structure

Structuring your scene correctly is the secret to writing an engaging story. Make sure your scenes have these essential elements

Getting Out of an Editing Loop

Getting Out of an Editing Loop

How authors can avoid the endless revision/rewriting trap. Editing loop:How to identify it, how to get out, and when to let a project go

Bending the Timeline

Bending the Timeline

Too often writers unintentionally bend the reader’s sense of time. In deep POV, these mistakes create distance by jarring the reader’s connection with the character’s experience. Watch out for these micro-time trips.

Amnesia as a plot device-authortoolbox

Amnesia as a plot device-authortoolbox

Using amnesia in your story can lead to a contrived plot. Without proper preparation, readers will be left annoyed and confused. Don’t fall into this trap. Follow these simple tips

Eliminating Word Crutches

Eliminating Word Crutches

Every writer has words or phrases that habitually show up in their work. These crutches bog down a manuscript and make it feel repetitive. Don’t let overused words ruin your novel