Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting

Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting

A great setting can offer much more to a story than just a place where characters move around and talk to each other. A great setting that’s used in the right way can add to the tone and mood you want to create in your story.

In this blog post, I’ve compiled 12 questions to help you develop your story’s setting.

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 5: Discrediting the Witness

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 5: Discrediting the Witness

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets that were sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post we’ll focus on the fifth and final technique: Discredit the witness.

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 4: Hiding Clues in Lists of Interesting Things

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 4: Hiding Clues in Lists of Interesting Things

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets that were sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post we’ll focus on the fourth technique: Hide clues in lists of interesting things.

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 3: Dropping Clues in Dreams

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 3: Dropping Clues in Dreams

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets that were sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post we’ll focus on the third technique: Dropping clues in dreams.

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 2: Divert Attention with Jokes and Ridiculous Statements

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 2: Divert Attention with Jokes and Ridiculous Statements

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets that were sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post, we’ll focus on the second technique: Divert attention with jokes and ridiculous statements.

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 1: Diverting Attention with Action

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 1: Diverting Attention with Action

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post, we’ll focus on the first technique: Divert attention with action.

How to Craft Your Protagonist’s Internal Growth: 9 Questions to Consider

How to Craft Your Protagonist’s Internal Growth: 9 Questions to Consider

It’s important for your protagonist to have some form of growth through your story—especially internal growth. Internal growth will help you create a well-rounded character, which is one step in the right direction of crafting a character that lifts off the pages.

I’ve compiled a list of questions in this blog post (and a workbook in which you can answer the questions). These are questions that may help you craft the internal growth of your protagonist.

But first, let’s take a quick look at why growth is important.

How to Foreshadow Events to Create a Well-Rounded and Cohesive Story: Tips and Questions

How to Foreshadow Events to Create a Well-Rounded and Cohesive Story: Tips and Questions

Foreshadowing is a literary device and a necessary aspect of any well-crafted story. Though necessary, many writers may not know how to use it to its full effect. I will therefore offer you some tips on how to use it in this blog post. But, first, let’s look at what foreshadowing actually is.

The Hero’s Journey Explained: A Breakdown of its Different Stages

The Hero’s Journey Explained: A Breakdown of its Different Stages

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative pattern identified by Joseph Campbell, most notably outlined in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This pattern of adventure and transformation is a universal one that runs through all kinds of mythic traditions across the world.

Christopher Vogler has simplified this pattern in his The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. While Joseph Campbell’s monomyth is described to have seventeen stages, I will focus on Christopher Vogler’s version (which is divided into twelve stages) and break them down for you.

How to Find Your Niche: 3 Fundamental Steps to Gain Clarity

How to Find Your Niche: 3 Fundamental Steps to Gain Clarity

Finding your niche is vital for writers who want to start blogging and write a non-fiction book. Though, it can be hard to get to the bottom of what that means for you, which is why I’ve written this blog post.

Here, I'll go through 3 fundamental steps to find your niche. If you want to write down your notes on physical paper, you can download this free workbook and print it out.