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3 Tips for Developing Solid Dialogue

Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer's disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story off the page,...

5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That's one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children's Books. Read more tips here.

Free Money

Yeah, you heard us. There are grants out there for writers of all stripes, if you know where to look. Now you do.

Ready for Takeoff?

This month launches the second year of Zine Scene. For those of you just aboard, let us take a moment to tell you what it's all about.

Waiting for DOLLAR$

Some leading writers organizations recommend against it, but many magazines don't pay writers until their work is published. Is it worth the risk? Editors and writers weigh in.

What Editors Won’t Tell You (But We Will)

There are some things you‘ll never read about in a publisher‘s writers‘ guidelines. You have to either hang around the editor‘s office and eavesdrop or find a friend who‘s able to extract the editor‘s deep, dark secrets. Luckily, you have the latter. We asked editors what they‘d say to writers if they could talk...

How to Write Successful Endings

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.