This train of thought is much tidier than a writer’s brain—thankfully.
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When it comes to dialogue, writers really do need to say what they mean and mean what they say. In other words, you’ve only got so many chances to use your characters’ conversations to their utmost advantage. Make them count.
Lesson the first for every writer everywhere: the first draft is almost always awful. But that’s okay. In fact, that works to your advantage.
Writing contests are great avenues for exposure and constructive criticism. So why do they make all us writers feel physically ill at the thought of entering?
In the literary world, every day is International Women’s Day, and every month is Women’s History Month. The real world just hasn’t caught up to speed with the lady bosses of lit—yet.
There are a million things that go into writing a novel. Here are twenty-seven of the handiest tips I’ve collected so far.
It’s not just fun to say; NaNoWriMo is a website, a nonprofit organization, a widespread writing community, and a challenge all rolled into one.
Fiction writing lends itself to an endless array of characters, from humans to mythical creatures: borrowed, created, or something in between.
Every writer creates their own type of outline. Or, sometimes they don’t.
Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski brings magic and even more drama to the height of the French Renaissance.
Sarayna’s Fate continues M. Dalto’s Empire saga with all of the magic, adventure and tension that readers have come to expect, but with a few twists they might never have seen coming.
The sequel to Unspoken, Uncaged offers an action-packed continuation of a story about magic, loyalty, wolves and war.
Writing romance (without sounding like a sap) doesn’t have to be an exercise in clichés. Learn to avoid this genre’s tired tropes, or at least how to use them to your advantage.
Blood and Brume by Maki Morris has all of the makings of a good ghost story, without excluding the struggles of the living along the way.
That’s right―Dressember now lasts all year long! The Dressember Foundation announced an extension of its campaign for all individual advocates this year. Instead of a month-long sprint to the finish line, we’ve got the option to spend the entire year drumming up support for this fantastic cause. As you might have guessed, I jumped on …
Wren Handman takes us on a journey of self-discovery, fairy magic, and teen angst in her latest book, In Restless Dreams.
The Infernal Machine by C.W. Snyder explores the concept of right and wrong, as well as the heavy burden of one’s past during a race to save humankind.
Showing vs. telling: both are key to establishing mood and tone, and creating an immersive storytelling experience.
A story of family, royalty, duty, and survival, Sons of Fire by Tracy Auerbach is a thrilling YA adventure read that combines reality and fantasy in unexpected ways.
Black and white is great for photography. In stories? Not so much. Painting your fictional characters in shades of grey is crucial.
Writing action sequences (without punching yourself or your audience in the face) is a delicate art.
Using her own journey to self-awareness and happiness as her guide, Goodrich weaves a tale of heartbreak, escapism, cross-cultural conversions, and second chances.
There is no right way to create and use character backstories, but with practice and revisions, you can find the happy medium between too much and not enough.
Annette Hess takes us to post-WWII Germany to follow the Frankfurt Trials and a young translator who must learn the difference between knowing and telling the truth.
Karina Sainz Borgo tells a story of resilience and humanity in battered and torn Venezuela.
Self-published author Thomas Gaffney explores the weird and the unexpected in this collection of short stories.
World-building is how we writers enable our paranoid, Type A control freak habits, and write stories our readers can really dive into.
The flat, unyielding fairy tale villain is dead. Find out how to make your bad guys leap off the page.
Whether for the sake of word count or story progression, it’s important to know when it’s time to kill your darlings, and kill them dead.
A children’s book from debut author Lisa Anne Curlin, Rose and Her Very Special Garden teaches nature lovers of all ages to stop and smell the roses.