After being published in 31 countries our bestselling author concludes that, comparatively, Americans severely lack literary passion.
Literary or commercial? How your fiction is perceived will affect how it is packaged, marketed and, ultimately, read by an audience.
Just because something has a woman in it doesn't mean it's feminist.
Philip Danze has been a copy editor for Fairchild Publications for more than 30 years and is a member of the New York Press Club. His first book, Conjuring Maud (GreyCore Press, October), is a novel chronicling one young man's adventurous affair with a fictionalized version of 19th century British explorer...
Craft characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations and power the plot from beginning to end. Kress, award-winning author and Writer's Digest columnist, reveals the fundamentals of creating characters that keep readers spellbound.
Our new columnist, a veteran of the bestseller lists, talks about toilets that double as nightstands and other book-tour horrors.
Ronald B. Tobias contends there are 20 master plots that are prevalent throughout literature. Tobias gives these points about the "Quest" plot.
Author Russell Banks points out to interviewer Paula Deimling the importance of communicating character point of view in fiction.
Plot is a crucial element in successfully writing fiction. Here are four tips excerpted from The Novelist's Essential Guide to Creating Plot to make sure your scene gives off the right intense impression.
From 10 tips to "simultaneous" solutions to the truth about writing-your-family consequences, Nancy Kress answers readers' questions.
Our bestselling author shows how research and interviews can make up for writers who've led drama-free lives.
Immersed in the story
Got an unsold novel languishing in a drawer? There's hope for it yethere's how to pull short stories from those pages, which can get you published and ignite more interest in the novel itself.
Learn three ways to take your fiction scenes from the boring to the best-seller list.
Your fictional characters experience many emotions, but only one is absolutely essential to plot. Here's how to fuel your story with frustration.
All of us experience failure and rejection. But often, those are the two things that push us to succeed.
What do the novels Life of Pi, Bridget Jones's Diary and The Rule of Four have in common? You might be surprised. Learn how to apply the techniques and traits they share to your own writing.
Fiction Tips You Can't Do Without
Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can't resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques.
Readers are also less likely to pick up or continue reading a story that they feel "drags." Here is some advice on how you can prevent your story from falling behind.
None of today's top writers can attest to the benefits of not giving up more than Olivia Goldsmith. Goldsmith's novel The First Wives Club was rejected 27 times before being published and made into a movie.
You can sharpen your genre-writing skills as a work-for-hire novelist.
Emotional power is one of the most important components of a great storyand one of the most difficult to conjure. These five steps will help you to summon it, and make it work, every time.
Why bad things should happen to good plots: Creating problems for your characters keeps your plot moving and your readers entertained.