Revision is your chance to add humor and entertainment value—in any genre. Here’s how to do it.
Wasting away your day is a terrible proposition for a writer. I found a remedy, though: keep a time log. Here's how to do it and increase your writing productivity.
If you’re interested in co-authoring a novel with another writer, here are ten excellent tips from two writers who have successfully co-authored together.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
By Kris Radish The lone woman looked terrified. She sat with her shoulders hunched and her face down as if she were trying to turn her body into a tent where she could hide. I remember standing off to one side and looking at her—really looking at her. She was clearly uncomfortable being in...
Creating characters for young adult novels can be a real challenge. Here are four crucial tips to help you get back into the shoes of your high-school self.
Three years ago I officially began writing a book. That’s when the lie began. As my first draft grew to 50,000 words, the book changed from being a memoir based on my experiences as a fire eater to a novel. I kiddingly say that this was because no one would care about a fire...
Purely comic fiction may not sell well, but many novels that tackle serious topics with flashes of humor (like The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and more) do spectacularly, for good reason.
With a few simple, inexpensive tricks, you can turn any area—no matter how small, and even if you write in a coffee shop or other public place—into a crucible for creativity.
Here are four smart, simple tips that should help writers navigate the murky waters of writing time-travel historical fiction.
Where do fictional characters come from, and, more important, how do you build one from scratch? For some writers, characters whisper in their ears or appear in their dreams; for others, building a character requires as much effort and forethought as constructing a house. Though the method will vary for every writer, there’s no...
As writers we are extremely tough on ourselves—whether it's our first book or 15th book. Here's how to deal with the constant layers of self-doubt and reassure yourself that you'll be OK.
Outlines based on set pieces and dramatic scenes, for instance, can cause your book to feel like a hopscotch of mandatory moments. But an outline of antagonism could help even pantsers.
For every way our first drafts fail, they get us farther down the road to success. Here's what you can learn from your first draft.
A 30-day writing challenge requires productivity on demand! Let’s look at the five pillars of high performance and how applying its strategies can help you meet your November writing challenge.
For hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here's one way the 30-day challenge can be a serious boost.
As a longtime nonfiction book and magazine editor, I’ve given notes on revising numerous manuscripts and articles. Here's what all writers should know.
Wattpad is proving out a publishing model that could well be the standard in years to come. Here's what all writers need to know about Wattpad.
How do you take your writing ideas, write a book and become a published author? Here are 5 ways you can help you make your writing dreams real that don't involve business plans.
If you are looking for a (new) publishing home, here are the top 10 things I think every writer should know about Amazon Publishing:
Let me be clear—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.
My fascination with all things supernatural started at an alarmingly early age. I remember staying up way past my bedtime, huddled under my comforter, glued to the pages of a Christopher Pike novel. Scavenger Hunt was my favorite. As I aged, my thirst for edgier plots took me, naturally, to Stephen King. Christine scared...
If you regard your writing career as a business, you should be planning your novel at the drawing board to make it appealing to filmmakers. Here's how.
Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today.
Promotion can be the most daunting and confusing part of the publishing process. From building a website, to navigating social media, to booking events, there are many facets that make up a successful book promotion campaign. But where do you start? Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity and author of Your Book, Your Brand:...