Here you will find all the tips, tricks, advice, & relevant know-how that I’ve learned on this writing journey. I took it upon myself to learn. Learn about the craft I love so much. Writing a novel is just like any other acquired skill, you must actually acquire it! Shocking, I know! So do not worry my sweet little Snow White, I’m not a wicked queen, my apple is not poisonous, and I want you to succeed!

The Hook

How to write a strong opening hook The 3 Act Structure is vital to storytelling, as too, are the Save The Cat beats; so I put them all together for you in my newest series on plotting. You don't need to be some epic outliner and plotter in order to use these two systems effectively. They're not restrictive and they're not limiting; they're a guide to a good story. It's time to start with The Hook.  The What-What is The Hook? First, the Hook is the very first plot beat of Act 1 of the Three Act Structure…

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Writer’s Block Has Met Its Match

Do you wake up in the middle of the night fearing writer's block taking hold of you and your story? Does it make you worry that one day you'll just be so blocked you can't write a thing? Do you struggle with Writer's block currently and haven't found a way out? Well, I have your solution What the hell is the star of conflict? To begin, "The Star of Conflict" is a specific tool I created for writers like yourself to unlock your story's potential, as well as crush any writer's block you may be experiencing. …

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Writing Likable Characters Isn’t The Goal

We're all told our characters should be "likable", but what if that shouldn't be the goal at all, but instead, make them relatable instead? Why likability in the first place? Firstly, I believe humans are inherently born wanting to be liked. Being "liked" kept us alive back in our early days, and survival was necessary. It also feels pretty damn good to be liked, as well. We feel like we belong; we're apart of something and therefore-important. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be liked or writing a likable character; I'm not saying there is; what…

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Finished The First Draft of Your Novel? Now What?

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico 2021 All Rights Reserved Finished your first draft? WOW! That alone is such a HUGE accomplishment, and you should be so proud of yourself for completing it. A lot of people begin a novel but never get to the end. But, all praise and fuzzy feelings aside, this is just the beginning. As soon as you've completed your first draft... To begin, as I've said, what you've done is a massive accomplishment. Even if you're reading this and you've yet to complete your novel, you're still working on it. You're putting…

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Should We Write About Difficult Topics?

© Copyright 2020 Arabella K. Federico All Rights Reserved Should we write about difficult topics? Is it our responsibility to write about the darkest natures of our fellow man? Do we have an obligation to dare speak of all the things that are meant never to be uttered? Where is the line drawn between our own experiences as people and writers and those who've suffered such terrible acts? I think it's time we take a long hard look. The darkness is where they live and thrive To begin, the most horrible things that happen to us…

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The Writer’s Guide To Witchcraft & Witches

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico All Rights reserved the writer's guide to witchcraft and witches A blog by Arabella k. Federico We all know witches exist, we wonder who they are; we secretly wish for their power. Witches. They come in all shapes and sizes, and Hollywood has distorted our view of what a Witch truly is to the point where most of us have no true concept of the modern Witch. Grab your cauldrons, brooms, and wands; let's make some magick.  A Brief History of witches To begin, most people believe Witches got their infamous reputation…

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How To Write A Fictional Pandemic

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico All Rights Reserved How to Write A fictional pandemic (zombies or otherwise) This is a step by step game-plan of how to plot out the virus that ravages your fictional world and creates a dynamic enemy for your heroes to battle against. A blog by arabella k. Federico *Disclaimer: This blog is for education and entertainment purposes ONLY. This blog post is 100% fictional and by no means is giving any formal advice on covid19 or the treatment of covid19. This blog is not meant to give advice, suggestions, or any…

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How To Boost Your Writer’s Imagination

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico All Right Reserved How To Make Your Writer's Imagination Shine The Writer's Imagination Boot-Camp to help you expand your imagination so every tale you tell is as rich and vivid as you want it to be. A Blog by arabella K. Federico What do you care about and why is building your imagination important to you To begin, as you follow along with me in this journey, I want you to really think about WHAT is important to you. What's calling out to you that's making you want a vaster imagination?…

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How To Write A Romance That’s Actually Romantic

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico All Rights Reserved Writing A Romance That's Actually Romantic By Arabella K. Federico Weather or not you're writing a romantic subplot or a full romance novel, the biggest key is to make that romance actually romantic. Duh...so then why are so many writers getting this wrong? Walk with me, baby. the forgotten romance (advice) To begin, many people giving advice on writing romance will tell you to choose what TYPE of romance you're going to write about. Friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, lovers to enemies to lovers again...and they're not…

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Writing The Antagonist

© Copyright Arabella K. Federico Writing The Antagonist That'll Make Your Hero's Blood Run Cold Arabella K. Federico How to take the typical archetype of "The Villain" and cunningly craft a terrifying Antagonist who's so perfectly tuned to torture your Protagonist, their blood turns to ice. so what does the antagonist do, really? To begin, Google defines Antagonist as: "A person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary." Well, shit...then that's that, huh? Problems solved! Contrarily, not at all. This bland, blanketed description of such a vital character is probably one…

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