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...
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel.
Karin Fuller's "Magic" took first place in the Romance category of the 2008 Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here.
William Rausch's "Falling Leaves" is the grand-prize winner of the 2008 Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read more about Rausch and other category winners, click here.
With Jessica Page Morrell's Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you'll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists.
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.
You Can Write a Romance combines the skills of award-winning author Rita Clay Estrada and renowned instructor Rita Gallagher, the esteemed "First Ladies" of the Romance Writers of America. Together, they''ll show you how to take your story from idea to completed manuscript to signed book deal even if you''ve never tried to...
"I can't explain it, but I know if a scene is right or wrong. I know it. It's a visual thingit's how the words look on the page, it's how the sentences sound.
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
Telling the story is the most important element when Nora Roberts begins a new romance novel.
If you stay true to your voice, this successful romance writer says, you'll find those rules aren't etched in stone.
Just a sampling of the many opportunities that exist for you the romance writer.
Is chick lit on the way out? Don't bet your Blahniks. Instead, the genre has branched out into surprising new arenas, offering great opportunities for aspiring novelistsand even nonfiction writers.
A sampling of the contests available for you, the romance writer
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
by Jerry B. Jenkins
"I think, if (Empire Settings) does well, it will be a case study in what it is about the commercial publishing industry in New York that makes it tick and that makes it catch things and miss things."
The building blocks of effective prose are simpler than you think.
Now that the erotica trend is climaxing, writersand readersare wondering what constitutes erotica and what that label really means.