Keep your audience reading by closing paragraphs and chapters with dramatic crescendos.
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.
Find out if you can use trademarks in your story, and discover the difference between copyright infringement and parody.
Publishers highly value those authors who know how to market their own work. Propose your ideas in a synopsis to gain that competitive edge.
For those in search of inspiration, fantasy or just-plain-fun, here's a stellar selection of must-see zines.
Pessimistic about the future of the printed word? A recent poll by trade magazine Publishers Weekly revealed that younger book buyers are more likely to buy a larger number of books. "It was previously believed that older people were the biggest book purchasers," say authors Marilyn Ross and Tom Ross in their book, Jump...
A writer's ability to describe his or her story's surroundings, to make their settings and characters spring alive in the mind of the reader, is critical to the success of any piece of fiction. Here are four tips from Monica Wood, author of Description to help you squeeze the right amount of flavor...
Improve your writing and expand your network of writing friends by joining a critique group you can attend from the comfort of your home.
When even C-list celebrities won't talk, it's time to resort to Plan B.
All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure.
Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it's been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren't so black and white any more.
To keep your finger on the pulse of your story's category, consider the benefits of these national writing associations.
Dish up good representation for your book by adding three key ingredients to that next query letter.
Need to get an insider's viewpoint on a specialty topic? You don't need no stinkin' expert. Immerse yourself in the subject at hand, then be your own insider. These three writers prove the efforts are well worth it.
Voice And Dialect
With all things electronic demanding our attention, with new media like e-books becoming more common and more sophisticated, is the ancient book dead. Hardly. Read why.
Do you really need an agent? Here's one writer's irreverent guide to flying solo.
Should you show your article to a source before publication? We asked about two dozen writers and editors if they'd ever done so; if so, what the circumstance and result were; and if not, why not.
Land more writing clients by taking advantage of the latest (and easiest) marketing tool.
Learn how to make the most of your conference experience by using these techniques to improve your networking skills!
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 relatives (from the...
What do we mean by description? Rebecca McClanahan dispels some myths about the uses and goals of description.
Pinpoint issues to resolve before getting involved in a co-authoring situation, and learn how to write under a pseudonym.
Use this checklist before you head out the door to your book signing.
The old rules don't apply anymore. So what's an author gotta do to get noticed around here?