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20 Answers to "What Happens Next?"

Raymond Carver offered this advice to writers: "When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." Depending on your story, that's certainly one option. Here are twenty others.

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Inspiring Places to Write

Sometimes a change of scenery can wake up the muse. Here are some ideas to try.

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2 Easy Ways to Get Great Story Ideas

These two magic phrases will help you come up with lots of ideas.

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How to Make Your Characters More Interesting

These five simple techniques will add interest to your characters -- and to your stories.

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Story Ideas: Obsessions

Here are four story prompts involving characters with obsessions...

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Story Ideas: New Year's Resolutions for Your Characters

Here are four fiction writing prompts about New Year's resolutions that have unexpected results...

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Story Planning Worksheet

This worksheet makes it easy to develop your story ideas. Fill in the blanks to start planning a story.

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Ideas for Characters and Stories

Here are some fiction prompts and ideas to get your imagination flowing. Have fun!

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"What If" Story Ideas

Looking for creative inspiration? Here are some "what-if" questions that you can use to come up with story ideas.

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Lisa Dordal on Writing Poetry

Poet Lisa Dordal offers advice to new poets and shares her own writing process.

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Great Story Beginnings

A great story beginning captures your readers' attention and makes them want to read on. Here are some tips on how to start with a bang.

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Satisfying Story Endings

The ending of a story or novel forms readers' final impression of what they have read. Here are some guidelines to help you write endings that will leave readers satisfied.

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Online Course: Bringing Characters to Life

In this 8-week e-mail course, you'll learn how to create fictional characters that feel 3-dimensional and real. Make your characters and stories come alive in the reader's imagination.

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Finding Stories in Pictures

Photographer Anja Lietzmann finds stories in London street scenes. What stories do her pictures make you imagine? What stories can you find on the streets of your own town?

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Scary Photo Prompts

To celebrate Halloween this year, we've created a booklet of scary photo prompts. You can use this booklet to get ideas for terrifying or atmospheric stories or poems. Download it for free here.

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How to Find Writing Time

Bryan Cohen's new book Writer on the Side offers ideas to keep you motivated and help you find writing time throughout the day, even with a busy schedule.

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Advice from a Literary Agent

We asked editor and former literary agent Robin Martin to share her tips for fiction writers.

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Nancy Ellen Dodd Explains How to Write a Manuscript in 7 Stages

The author of The Writer's Compass talks about becoming a writer and outlines a 7-stage process for writing a manuscript.

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What a Writing Partner Can Do for You

A writing partnership can energize your writing and bring a fresh perspective to your work.

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Free Course: Endless Story Ideas

Take this 3-day online course for free and generate lots of ideas for your fiction writing.

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Kathryn Vercillo on How to Write Blogs

Do you want to learn how to blog effectively? Here's some advice from a pro.

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Tim Lemire on Publishing Nonfiction

Author Tim Lemire describes how he wrote and published seven nonfiction books on a wide range of topics.

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Nancy Antle on Writing Children's Literature

Author Nancy Antle talks about writing picture books and middle-grade fiction.

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Julie Schwietert Collazo on Writing Travel Literature

Julie Schwietert Collazo teaches travel writing at MatadorU. We asked her to share some advice for aspiring travel writers.

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Levi Stahl on the Best Fiction Books for Writers

Literary blogger Levi Stahl offers his picks of novels and short stories for fiction writers to study.

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Russell Rowland's Tips for Writing a Novel

Novelist Rowland Russell shares some tips for writing a novel and explains why writing to publishing trends is a mistake.

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Ron Hogan on the Best Novels for Writers

Writer Ron Hogan, who founded the seminal cultural blog Beatrice.com, offers his picks of novels for aspiring novelists to use as models.

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