For Writers

© Jennifer Bower


Grammar/ Technical Resources


Word Count & Chapter Length



The Industry Standard for Word Counts (PB, MG, YA, Novels)

AR Book Finder - Find the word counts of your favorite books.



Character Driven Stories




Creating a Character Arc: Firing up your Stalled Novel Part 2

The Six Stages of Character Development (video)


Michael Hague: Inner Conflict

The 10 Rules of Writing Large Casts of Characters


The Type of Character Development Nobody Talks About

Laini Taylor Reveals the Allure of Forbidden Love

The Key Components of a Compelling Character (According to Psychology)

How to Pantsers Develop Character

Random Name Generator

Plot, Inner Change, Evocative Writing: What Really Rivets Readers?

Character Objective and Writing a Strong Protagonist 


11 Secrets to Writing an Effective Character Description

How to Spot (and Kill) Your Mary Sue Characters


Characters are People Too: Bring Your Book to Life (Part 1)


How to Avoid One Dimensional Characters


How to Avoid Cliched Emotional Responses in your Writing


Trying to Make Your Story "Unique"? Avoid These Common Pitfalls

What Does Your Hero Want? #6 Revealing your Hero's Desires


Antagonists




Let Your Villains Take the Lead

There is No Bad Guy: What to do when your Antagonist isn't a Villain

Plotting


Janice Hardy on plotting 


Pacing


Worksheets

Show, Don't Tell


POV

Voice

The Power of Voice


Sequels

5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel for your Book

Storytelling



Action Scenes


How to Choreograph a Great Action Scene

Blow-by-Blow: Writing Action and Fight Scenes - 5 Tips

Beginnings


Chapters 

How to Organize a Chapter

Endings


How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending 

Scenes

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes

Editing/ Revisions


See our page on Revisions

Dialogue


10 Dos and Don'ts for Writing Realistic Dialogue 




World Building

5 Tips for Writing about Fictional Technology

General Writing





Huge List of Children's Publishers

The Book SCBWI's guide to publishers, agents, magazines, and more




Top Children's Books 




Cybils Literary Awards CYBILS – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards




All The Wonders- author interviews with Matthew Winner




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