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.
By Robbie Blair
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.
You are a writer— an artiste! A creator of beauty and meaning. A cultural commentator. A revolutionary! It's about damn time you wrote your manifesto!
Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Christmas comes early today! In this essay Chuck provides a grab-bag of incredibly useful ideas that don't require too much individual elaboration. From delineating the three types of speech, to simple maxims for the writing life.
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice