How do you choose the right word for the right situation? The most powerful words tend to be the shortest and, not coincidentally, the ones most basic to the English language. Words like kin, thanks and small, for instance, are deeply rooted in Old English before A.D. 1000, while words like...
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
by Raymond Obstfeld
Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress
To show or to tell isn't a battle of good versus evil, but the skilled storyteller knows how to play each to maximum effect.
Putting Your Internal Editor To Work
Try your hand at tightening this wordy example. Then, take a look at the winning edit.
Disarm these six difficult interview types to get the information you need.
Hook readers from the start with an intriguing question.
by James V. Smith Jr, author of Fiction Writer's Brainstormer
The Premise of Your Story
How to choose a readable font (typeface) for printing out your manuscript from the morass of fonts that are available to computer users.
Shoplift articles from all around youincluding your own writing. Learn to purloin with the best of them, and keep your outbox and bank account full.
Whether you're writing a script, speech or novel, the first question is the same: What's your story about? Take the following quiz to answer this question.
Don't let your fiction get tossed in the wastebasket because the ending "didn't quite work." Follow Nancy Kress' advice for choosing a successful ending based on the style of your work.
"Person" in writing refers to how the viewpoint character will tell the story (fiction or nonfiction). Your choice affects not only the reader's experience, but also how you go about telling your tale. Here are some thoughts on the topic of person from the study materials of "Getting Started in Writing,"...
A few tips you can use to avoid the words that irk editors.
What do we mean by description? Rebecca McClanahan dispels some myths about the uses and goals of description.
While there is no formula for the perfect query letter, all successful queries share certain qualities. Take a look at these tips from the Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop from WritersOnlineWorkshops.com
Give your characters a story worth responding to and your dialogue will flow.
What is your story really about?
Bestselling writer Sharyn McCrumb's thoughts and advice on procrastination and how to escape it.
Writing in a specific point of view enables you to convey all the impressions and information you desire. Here are two exerices excerpted from Mastering Point of View.
Having trouble getting started with a piece of writing? Listen to the pump-priming ideas of some of today's hottest writers, as told to Anne Collette.
Getting To "The End"
For National Book Award winner Alice McDermott