As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
Some lessons from two masters of the sentence.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”