Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.
by William Noble
Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.
by Chris Baty
How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong...
A veteran suspense-fiction author shares nine killer tricks to help you improve a genre that can be difficult to master.
by Simon Wood
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel.
A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building
Fred McGavran's "Look at the Dead Person" took first place in the Horror category of the 2008 Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here.
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell.
If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.
PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions.
Work one or all three of these important traits into your lead character and create a hero worthy of remembrance.
Hanh Hoang's haunting tale evokes a parental nightmareand lands her short short story on top of the heap.
These three characteristics are essential to bringing your protagonist to life.
Shelia Bender's use of bantus to spark your writing with imagery.
Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet give this advice to writers trying to create delightful twists in their stories.
"Hopefully, the interest in reality television will cause people to pick up the book, and hopefully it will be the story that keeps them reading and coming back for more."
Scare readers with the perfect setting and characters in your horror fiction.
Even though his name regularly appears on bestseller lists, Christopher Moore is still known as a cult writer. Find out how he lures fans by marrying the genres of humor and horror.
Tabitha King was writing way before
she married the master of horror, Stephen King. But her new novel,
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld