Get too focused on any one instrument at play in your story, and you may lose sight of the harmony inherent in truly great fiction. Here’s how to compose the elements of your novel into a masterpiece.
Literary agent Irene Goodman shares some insider do’s and don’ts about what to do after you attend a writing conference and how to get the most out of your experience.
If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five...
BY VICTORIA PATTERSON The Peerless Four, based on the historical precedent of the first women allowed to compete in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in track and field on a trial basis, was a departure from my previous story collection and novel, Drift and This Vacant Paradise, both set at the end...
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
Outlines based on set pieces and dramatic scenes, for instance, can cause your book to feel like a hopscotch of mandatory moments. But an outline of antagonism could help even pantsers.
For every way our first drafts fail, they get us farther down the road to success. Here's what you can learn from your first draft.
No doubt about it: writing a novel isn’t easy. But use these lessons to help make it (slightly) easier.
A battle scene in a novel can be a very powerful. Here is some novel writing advice about writing battle scenes.
While the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
Every fiction writer has to write across gender lines. I should know. I’m a fantasy / science fiction writer, and though my stories are populated with vampires, robots, and space squids, there tend to be more than a few humans in the mix. Many of those humans end up being women....
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
I learned from the Bard of Avon at least eight crucial and valuable writing lessons. They can help you too.
A simple setting, but one that pulls readers in, makes them want to be part of your story and actually resonates in their soul. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.
Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced and engaging character conversations.
I envy pantsers, I really do. But for those of us who need to plot, I have tips on how to do that while still having fun with the month-long writing crazy of NaNoWriMo.
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.