Philip Danze’s Conjuring Maud

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...

Tips for Creating Fictional Characters

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.

Learn to Master Your Stories

Ronald B. Tobias contends there are 20 master plots that are prevalent throughout literature. Tobias gives these points about the "Quest" plot.

Fiction Q&A

From 10 tips to "simultaneous" solutions to the truth about writing-your-family consequences, Nancy Kress answers readers' questions.

Mining Your Novel for Gold

Got an unsold novel languishing in a drawer? There's hope for it yet—here's how to pull short stories from those pages, which can get you published and ignite more interest in the novel itself.

Hold Them Back

Your fictional characters experience many emotions, but only one is absolutely essential to plot. Here's how to fuel your story with frustration.

Anatomy of a Bestseller

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.

3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks

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.

Olivia Goldsmith: Putting Women on Top

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.

Find the Passion

Emotional power is one of the most important components of a great story—and one of the most difficult to conjure. These five steps will help you to summon it, and make it work, every time.