Capture your readers' interest at the very first paragraph.
Dean Koontz has kept a lot of people turning a lot of pages. How? Most would respond that his plots, characters and storytelling all contribute, and indeed they do. But a fourth element keeps those pages turning, an element all writers can learn from. Koontz explains to interviewer Brad Crawford about the power of...
Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing, and presenting characters and of handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. Here are some general thoughts all writers can benefit from.
Writing a bestselling, Oprah-endorsed novel doesn't necessarily prepare you for the world of children's literature, as Jacquelyn Mitchard discovered.
Exclusive interview with four-time Edgar Award nominee, Jeffery Deaver.
"In large measure, you do this work because you need to do it ... you're inventing material that makes your experience somehow both accessible to you and reasonable to you so that you understand where you have been in your life."
Author of The Writer''s Guide to Character TraitsProfessional psychologist and author, Dr. Linda Edelstein, speaks about the uses of psychology in current fiction and how writers build the characters we read-- From criminals to cult members and everyone else in between.
"I really feel that the only way you can sell something is to keep it out there. Every time I sent something out, when it came back rejected, I'd immediately send it again. I think of it like I do war shipsif you keep a war ship in port, you're not improving it. It...