If your fiction seems to lack punch, perhaps the problem is not with your plot, but rather with your descriptions. Here are three tips taken from Monica Wood''s book Description to help you inject more life into your stories.
Use this planner to help build an intense plot to your story.
Copyright laws and fair use still got you confused? We asked WD legal eagle Howard Zaharoff, a lawyer in Waltham, Mass., to explain all those invisible boundaries concerning the fair use of song lyrics and literary works.
Should My Query Offer a Web Element?
Forget word-of-mouth publicity. Keeping your brand name from becoming a household name ensures your niche in the market.
At an increasing number of newspapers, traditional reporters are trading in their news desks for laptops and posting stories on the fly.
Getting To "The End"
Using Direct Quotes
Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff.
Want to earn more as a writer? Bob Bly, author of Write More, Sell More, offers tips. Here's one: "When supply outweighs demand, pay scales are low. That's why most article and book writers don't earn much money. When demand outweighs supply, writers can charge a premium. That's why specialists earn the big money....
What you look like may affect your book's promotions.
Serving Up the Best Site
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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.
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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.
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.