How to apply critical analysis to your own writing.
Advice on how to be a good critique partner, no matter what the situation.
Applying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.
By Peter Derk
What is crosstalk, and how is it ruining your workshop?
If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
By Alex Behr
"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
By Troy Farah
Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.
Got a story that keeps getting turned down for publication? Here's how you can use industry rejection as a critical tool to improve your work.
A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.
Is technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?
Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
Volunteering for Wordstock keeps me sane. You should try it!
In: editing, fiction writing, Grammar, Plot, Revision, Rewriting, Storyville, Structure, Vocabulary, Workshop
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
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.