Elena Rapovets

ARTICLES
What is a Novella? Definitions and Inspiring Examples

What is a Novella? Definitions and Inspiring Examples

When writing a story, one of the first questions you ask yourself is what kind of story you are writing. Is it a short story, a novel, or a novella? While the first two are quite well-known, you might wonder, "What is a novella?" A novella is a story that falls...

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The Fichtean Curve: Story Structure Guide

The Fichtean Curve: Story Structure Guide

There's nothing new under the sun, and all great stories boil down to the same basic plot structure: there's a conflict, it builds up to a high point, and eventually, one way or another, it gets resolved.  However, there are different ways to engage your readers....

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Fantasy World Building from Scratch: A Structured Approach

Fantasy World Building from Scratch: A Structured Approach

Ursula Le Guin has profoundly influenced what it means to be a fantasy writer. What stuck with me from her speech at the Children's Literature Breakfast BookExpo in 2004, while not directly related to fantasy world-building, defines its purpose. She believed that...

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Achieving Consistency in Book Series Design

Achieving Consistency in Book Series Design

Is it important to maintain consistency in your book series design? Let's have a thought experiment. If someone bought one book from your series, how will they be able to recognize other books from that series in the bookstore? Of course, they can research your name...

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Ebook Formatting Software: Everything You Need to Know

Ebook Formatting Software: Everything You Need to Know

Formatting your ebook is a key step in self-publishing. It's what turns your finished manuscript into a book that's easy and enjoyable to read on digital devices. After you've finished writing and editing your book, the next big task is making it look good on...

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Pull Quotes: Best Practices for Nonfiction Books

Pull Quotes: Best Practices for Nonfiction Books

Pull quotes are one of the elements that can make a nonfiction book layout more visually interesting. They are sections of text pulled from a book and displayed in a larger or different style to stand out on the page.  Like highlights, pull quotes draw attention to...

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