You can write a great character sketch, a moving love scene, a thrilling chase, even a heart-clutching murder—but a good story needs more than those elements. It needs plot movement—articulated by pivot points.
Learning magic taught Michael Kardos several important lessons about performance and technique that have served him well when writing suspense.
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has earned some harsh criticism. So how did it sell so well and earn so much attention, despite the polarizing reviews? Can writers duplicate that kind of success with their own work?
In her nearly 10-year tenure as the former editor-in-chief and editorial director (and now editor-at-large) of Writer’s Digest, Jessica Strawser has interviewed hundreds of globally recognized authors, learning what she needed to write her 2017 debut novel, Almost Missed You. Now we turn the mic around to talk to Jessica about her...
Reimagining classic fiction has been a common practice among authors since the dawn of novel writing. Here, learn a few lessons from the masters about writing novels that incorporate elements of the classics.
Even if you’re focused on writing a novel, writing short stories can be a wonderful creativity tool to help you strengthen elements of your fiction, experiment with characters and simply stay loose.
Writers can work from just about anywhere, so why not work from everywhere? Meet some “digital nomads” who are making a living while exploring the world—and find out how you could become one of them.
Laura Oles discusses her considerations for transforming her favorite weekend getaway, Port Aransas, Tex., into a setting for her mystery novel.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova writes novels chronicling the fate of ordinary people who are diagnosed with extraordinary and often fatal neurological diseases.
The Third Act can make or break your screenplay. As films explore new territory in terms of plot and storytelling, the craft of writing them becomes more of a challenge.
It's great for fiction writers to experiment with unconventional devices and writing styles, but sometimes going off the beaten path can alienate your readers. Here are five approaches that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work.
Learn about two writing techniques inspired by screenwriters that you can employ when writing opening scenes for novels.
Stuck in an airport? Bored on a plane? Uninspired by the surroundings on a long car ride? Sounds like a great time to work on some writing exercises.
Richard Alther wrote his latest novel from the perspective of a woman. Here, he shares his observations on writing from the opposite gender's point of view.
Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will help you pen part two with finesse.
The NaNoWriMo team asked participants to share their favorite lines they wrote over the course of the month on Twitter, and the responses were excellent! Check out some of our favorites.
Horror and humor can create an indelible impression on audiences when they are combined well. Here are five tips for writing horror comedy.
Typical resources—histories, documentaries, Wikipedia, Google—can provide facts and figures, contribute context, but good historical fiction needs more. Here are eleven resources to shake loose the soul of your setting so it can sparkle on the page.
There’s much more to a great police procedural than just getting the procedures right. Here, Carrie Smith shares her secrets.
Can you become a good fiction writer? It's a prudent question to ask before diving in. Try this three-step test to see if you're ready to take the plunge.
Today’s female reader is pressed for time, demanding as hell, and both scared and excited about the future. If you want to craft a dynamic literary heroine, you must speak to that.
When a story isn't working, you may be able to save your character by stripping away everything else and rebuilding using sturdier, more developed bricks.
Are you stuck writing the middle of your novel? These tips from Gabriela Pereira's DIY MFA will help you add meat to those core bones of your narrative.
In order to write a complex, realistic hero you should get to know one. Luckily, they are all around us.