When agents ask for sample chapters, which chapters should you include? If your strongest chapters fall in the middle, is it OK if I send those? The answer is different for fiction and nonfiction.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript.
Wasting away your day is a terrible proposition for a writer. I found a remedy, though: keep a time log. Here's how to do it and increase your writing productivity.
Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
If you’re interested in co-authoring a novel with another writer, here are ten excellent tips from two writers who have successfully co-authored together.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
Creating characters for young adult novels can be a real challenge. Here are four crucial tips to help you get back into the shoes of your high-school self.
Three years ago I officially began writing a book. That’s when the lie began. As my first draft grew to 50,000 words, the book changed from being a memoir based on my experiences as a fire eater to a novel. I kiddingly say that this was because no one would care...
Purely comic fiction may not sell well, but many novels that tackle serious topics with flashes of humor (like The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and more) do spectacularly, for good reason.
With a few simple, inexpensive tricks, you can turn any area—no matter how small, and even if you write in a coffee shop or other public place—into a crucible for creativity.
Here are four smart, simple tips that should help writers navigate the murky waters of writing time-travel historical fiction.
As writers we are extremely tough on ourselves—whether it's our first book or 15th book. Here's how to deal with the constant layers of self-doubt and reassure yourself that you'll be OK.
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.
I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other week,...
A 30-day writing challenge requires productivity on demand! Let’s look at the five pillars of high performance and how applying its strategies can help you meet your November writing challenge.
Monsters are more than just things that bite. Let’s begin with a few basic assumptions about monsters, with examples from the classic Stephen King novella “The Mist.”
For hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here's one way the 30-day challenge can be a serious boost.
As a longtime nonfiction book and magazine editor, I’ve given notes on revising numerous manuscripts and articles. Here's what all writers should know.
How do you take your writing ideas, write a book and become a published author? Here are 5 ways you can help you make your writing dreams real that don't involve business plans.
No doubt about it: writing a novel isn’t easy. But use these lessons to help make it (slightly) easier.
If you are looking for a (new) publishing home, here are the top 10 things I think every writer should know about Amazon Publishing:
Let me be clear—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.
Here are 5 great takeaways on writing and illustrating children’s books from our Writer's Market Podcast with Debbie Ridpath Ohi. (Plus a link to listen to all the other great tips she has to offer writers and illustrators.)