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Plot Factory Tutorials: How to create a shareable story snapshot

Plot Factory has lots of great tools to help you take your story from an idea right through to a final draft, or even an ebook or MP3. Today we're going to learn how to create a shareable story snapshot and generate a link to send to your friends, beta readers or editor.

By Liz Hudson | May 28th, 2020

'Is this a good idea?' You don't need permission

One of the most common questions we get asked on the Plot Factory Discord server is: 'Is this a good idea?'. We're going to take a minute and work out why you don't need the validation of other writers to turn your idea into a story.

By Roger Sash | May 28th, 2020

Story Tropes: Outdated or Essential?

Stories and tropes go hand in hand, and always have. But what is a story trope? Should be using them or going out of our way to avoid them?

By Liz Hudson | May 21st, 2020

Block-Busting: Writing exercises for breaking writer's block (Part 3)

In our third installment of the Block Busting series, we look at how to stop writer's block impacting your productivity, plus a great little exercise for getting over the mid-novel stumps...

By Liz Hudson | May 11th, 2020

How to increase your odds of getting picked up by a publisher

Is your dream to be published? Are you daunted by the idea of sending your manuscript to publishers and agents? Let's talk about some of the ways you can increase your odds of getting accepted.

By Liz Hudson | April 30th, 2020

What is an ISBN and do YOU need one?

**Guest Author** What is an ISBN number? Does your book need one? How do you go about acquiring one? These are crucial questions if you're thinking about heading down the self-publishing route. Debut author Roger Sash is here to answer those questions for you.

By Roger Sash | April 21st, 2020

Is self-publishing for you?

**Guest Author** Are you thinking about self-publishing? Nine-times self-published author Kristina Adams explains how she built her success in self-publishing and gives us a heads-up on some of the challenges you'll need to overcome as a self-published writer.

By Kristina Adams | April 14th, 2020

What do you know and how do you write about it?

Has anyone ever told you to 'write what you know'? The first time someone said that to me, I spent a good deal of time wondering exactly what I knew and worrying that my less than swashbuckling lifestyle wasn't interesting enough to write about. Then I figured out what it meant...

By Liz Hudson | April 12th, 2020

Self-Publishing: Should you go narrow or wide?

**Guest Author** Debut author Roger Sash walks us through some of the key choices you'll need to make if you decide to self-publish. Do you go for a wide market approach or a narrow one? Which platforms should you sell on? How do you decide?

By Roger Sash | April 7th, 2020

The Seeds of Inspiration: An Interview with Sam Reese

**Author Interview** Meet Sam Reese - award winning author and writing mentor extraordinaire. We talk writing best practice, inspiration, getting noticed and first time publishing...

By Liz Hudson | April 2nd, 2020

How to Build Your Readership (Whatever You Write)

**Guest Author** All writers need two fundamental things: material for people to read and readers! Nine-times published author Kristina Adams talks building a readership, connecting with your audience and selling your book / articles.

By Kristina Adams | March 31st, 2020

A message of support during COVID-19

The world is topsy-turvey at the moment; many of you are likely in quarantine, lockdown or self-isolation. We’ve been racking our brains to work out what we can do to support and cheer you up during these difficult times.

By Liz Hudson | March 27th, 2020

Block-Busting: Writing exercises for breaking writer's block (Part 2)

The second in our series of Block Busting techniques! Today's tips and tricks focus on letting you side-step writer's block without taking you too far away from your main project...

By Liz Hudson | March 16th, 2020

Are you letting story structure hold you back?

I’m definitely not saying that you shouldn’t structure your book by chapter! I’m also not saying that you should try to be experimental simply for the sake of appearing avante garde. This is the story of why I chucked my novel in the bin and how you can learn from my mistakes.

By Liz Hudson | March 6th, 2020

What is our goal with Plot Factory?

Why do we do what we do? What drives the decisions behind Plot Factory? This article describes what our goals and ambitions are with Plot Factory.

By Jeff Yeon | February 28th, 2020