Storycrafting

  • Writing the Enemies to Lovers Trope

    Enemies to lovers is a popular trope, especially in sci-fi and fantasy novels. How can you bring your pair together and make readers ship them? What is Enemies to Lovers? The enemies to lovers trope is when two characters start off as enemies and, over the course of a book or series, end up in…

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  • Romance Tropes in Novels

    At the time of publishing this post, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! But regardless of when you’re reading this, romance in literature is still fun for both the author and the reader. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me talking about tropes before. Some romance tropes are very popular among readers, and what’s…

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  • Four Ways to Control Pacing in Your Novel

    How do you know if your novel’s pacing is right? What changes can you make to adjust the pacing and keep readers hooked? There are a few different elements of your manuscript you can play with to create effective pacing. Let’s get started. What is pacing? Simply put, pacing is the speed at which your…

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  • Three Levels of Characters for Your Novel

    One helpful way to organize your characters in your notes/plot is by level. The three common ‘levels’ of characters are primary, secondary, and tertiary characters. These aren’t titles you’ll prescribe to them in your story, but it can make your plotting and story development a little smoother behind-the-scenes. Three Levels of Characters Before we dig…

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  • An open book, string lights, and glowing moon | Developing Your Magic System by Between the Lines Editorial

    Developing Your Novel’s Magic System

    Magic is one of the defining characteristics of the fantasy genre. Whether your characters need spells to cast, can control the elements, or something else, your magic system can be as defined or loose as you want/need. Before we get into this topic, it’s important to remember that your way of creating a magic system…

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