• Popular Fantasy Tropes You Can Use in Your Novel

    In fiction, a trope is some kind of convention commonly used by authors and writers. This can be a character trait, relationship dynamic, plot device, or even setting. Each genre has its own set of common tropes. They’re recognizable to readers (though not always beloved), and you can build a few of these tropes into…

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  • How an Editor Revises Her Novel, Part 1

    I don’t spend much time on this blog talking about my own creative writing. If you’re new around here, I’m Hannah, a professional book editor. I’m also a fantasy author and am working through my new adult fantasy series right now. I think it’s going to be a quartet, but I’m not tying myself to…

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  • Different Types of Editing Your Novel Needs

    You’ve finished your manuscript. You’ve drafted, revised, self-edited, and reviewed it again. If you’re looking to publish, the work doesn’t stop there—especially if you’re planning to go the self-publishing route. After all of your hard work, it’s time for professional editing! Editors aren’t just there to mark up your manuscript with a digital red pen.…

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  • How to Work with a Critique Partner

    We all know the image: the solitary writer, toiling away on their novel, alone in their study or home office. But writing isn’t a solitary endeavor, and if you’re looking to improve your craft, working with a critique partner is a great way to do so. What is a critique partner? A critique partner (CP)…

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  • Five Ways to Increase Conflict and Tension in Your Novel

    Tension and conflict are both key in storytelling. After all, with no conflict or problem–even a small one–is there much of a story? Where conflict is some kind of problem your characters are trying to resolve, tension is what keeps readers turning the page. If your conflict is the big battle, the tension is the…

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