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Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Maybe you live alone in a log cabin atop the Bighorn Mountains in snowy Montana. You use an old Smith-Corona Classic 12 typewriter to bang out the great American novel, slip your pages into an envelope, and saddle up the horse for the forty-mile trek to the nearest post office to send…

Sentence Differentiation

Sentence Differentiation

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash I live in the heart of a medieval Dutch city and everything in my neighborhood is made of bricks: the cathedrals and cafes, the old houses and the new houses, the streets, parking lots, bike paths, garden walls. Everything. But if you’re picturing some red-brown dystopia of uniform cubic edifices—like a city…

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash Your writing space is set up. You’ve got your fluffy socks on. Your mug is full of steamy tea. You’re ready to go. Now what? What software tools will you use to get started? Which habits should you try to form to keep up with your writing goals? How will you motivate…

How, When, and Where do You Write?

How, When, and Where do You Write?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash There is no one correct way to write a story. Great fiction has been written in million dollar offices on fancy computers, in fast food restaurants on notebooks, on iPhones in the subway, on a roll of prison toilet paper. As long as you have a writing tool and a bit of…

An Ending with Consequence

An Ending with Consequence

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash Nothing beats a really satisfying ending. Nail your ending and the reader will shut your book with a smile on their face and an eagerness to find out what else you’ve written. But execute your ending poorly and you’ll leave them with a sour taste in their mouth and earn yourself unflattering…

How to Punctuate Dialogue

How to Punctuate Dialogue

Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash Punctuating dialogue is often tricky for writers. And this makes total sense because when you look at a page of dialogue, a lot of what’s happening seems contradictory: there’s a period being used at the end of a phrase of dialogue here, but a comma there; on one line, the first word…

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash So you’ve found and named a protagonist, gave him a best friend, a dog, a mom, and a few other supporting characters. You’re ready to go! Except, you don’t really know your characters all that well yet. You have their hair and eye color figured out, but their personality traits are still…

‘Grifty Shades of Fey’ – Our Own Lil’ Project

‘Grifty Shades of Fey’ – Our Own Lil’ Project

Photo by Thomas Lambert on Unsplash Did you know that StoryShop has it’s own publishing arm? FV Press isn’t our redheaded stepchild, but more like our own not-so secret project that is powered by the StoryShop platform. You can’t expect us to have a great product like StoryShop and not make something out of it…

How to Import a Document

StoryShop’s Importer and World Wizard makes getting started easy! Our software automatically organizes your story by scene and chapter. To get the most out of the importer, you’ll want to follow these simple formatting rules: Center the Title of your book at the top of the first page Title of the first chapter goes next…

Dialogue Tags and Speaking Denotation

Dialogue Tags and Speaking Denotation

Photo by Aleksandra Mazur on Unsplash He said, she said, Gary said. All of these are dialogue tags. Their purpose is letting the reader know who just said, or is about to say, a line of dialogue, which is pretty important if you want your reader to be able to imagine who’s speaking. But there’s more to letting…