Writing Short Stories & Essay Writing

Writing short stories, fiction and essays isn’t easy – in fact, the relative brevity of these pieces can make them even more challenging to create. Inside you’ll learn the best techniques for doing it well, and using those pieces as a springboard for lengthier works.

Passing Her Message On

One mother did not want the lessons and inspiration of her daughter's life to pass away. She published her story—using the words from her daughter's journals.

Put Punch On The Page

Learn how to turn a personal story, joke or unique anecdote into a page-turning success. Author Steven James guides you through six easy steps guaranteed to keep your story powerful.

8 Basic Writing Blunders

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

Journal Sharing: Your Thoughts

We asked questions about journal sharing, keeping an online diary, and issues of privacy. Reader feedback, submitted via e-mail, represent the various experiences of journal-keepers everywhere. A selection of responses appears below.

Advice on Preserving Your Journal

Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to preserve your life story, but choosing the wrong kind of paper can destroy your words before your descendents are ever able to read and enjoy them. Inveterate journal-keeper Megan Fitzpatrick explains.