Choosing the setting for a novel is a major decision. In an international thriller, location can even become one of main characters. Part of the escapism for readers is to be whisked into a romantic foreign city or thrown into an alien culture along with the protagonist. For the Judd Ryker thriller series, I...
Today is the last day to sign up for our 2nd Annual Mystery & Thriller Online Writing Conference, which puts your work in front of agents. Get details and register here.
Writing humor can be tricky. Use these tips to humor writing in your novel to make your readers laugh so hard milk squirts out their noses.
Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights. This guest post is by Steven James. James is the award-winning, bestselling author of 12 novels. He enjoys dark roast coffee and teaching storytelling around...
A battle scene in a novel can be a very powerful. Here is some novel writing advice about writing battle scenes.
While the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us.
When you've got an in idea your head, and you need to tell the story, where do you begin? Use this advice to write a science fiction novel.
BY JAMES SCOTT BELL Boost your story’s immunity to reader scrutiny with these fortifying nutrients.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
Every fiction writer has to write across gender lines. I should know. I’m a fantasy / science fiction writer, and though my stories are populated with vampires, robots, and space squids, there tend to be more than a few humans in the mix. Many of those humans end up being women. Unless you’re planning...
Hybrid publishing is an emerging area that occupies the middle ground between traditional and self-publishing and therefore includes many different publishing models— basically anything that is not self-publishing or traditional publishing. “Hybrid publishing” is not a term all publishers or authors in this space use; other terms that describe this type of publishing include...
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
Here are 5 great takeaways from our Writer's Market Podcast with literary agent Carly Watters. (Plus a link to listen to all the other great tips she has to offer writers.)
I learned from the Bard of Avon at least eight crucial and valuable writing lessons. They can help you too.
In this intensive and information-filled 90-minute live webinar, publishing industry expert Jane Friedman helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. Sign up now!
If a realistic, believable urban fantasy is more your jam, you have to accomplish something that sounds easier, but isn’t. Here are ways to do it.
A simple setting, but one that pulls readers in, makes them want to be part of your story and actually resonates in their soul. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
How can you—a grown-up (gasp!)—effectively write the middle-grade voice? Here's how.
Here are some of the sessions I'd make it a priority to see at the Writer's Digest Annual Conference in NYC, August 12-14--and why you should attend them.
During this new boot camp, starting July 19, literary agents will show you how to put together the best query letter, opening pages, and synopsis to hook the attention of Agents and Editors. As you learn what makes up an amazing submission package, 5 literary agents from Corvisiero Literary will tell you what agents...
Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer.
This Q&A takes a look at how to navigate the (sometimes treacherous) tides of the publishing industry.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice.
Being a writer in TV and film is difficult as is, but being a female writer throws and extra wrinkle in things. Here's how to find success in the challenging screenwriting world.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.