It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.
In: Bret Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Jack Ketchum, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, List, Research, Stephen Graham Jones, Stephen King, Storyville
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
By Dana Fredsti
Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
In: Analysis, Character, Dissection, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.
Today's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
In: Hunter S. Thompson, Immersion journalism, John Howard Griffin, List, Nellie Bly, Research, Sudhir Venkatesh, Ted Conover, Tobias Schneebaum
New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
In this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.
In: Book Day, Cervantes, Research, Shakespeare, UNESCO, Vladimir Nabokov, William Wordsworth, World Book and Copyright Day
Books are the best! So let's celebrate them today--a day marked by literary history!
Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.
Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
By Ed Sikov
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
By Rob Hart
The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.