The Importance of Small Details in Fiction Writing
Small, concrete details are usually the difference between a story that works and a story that fails, between a good piece of fiction writing and a great piece of fiction writing.
How Memory Loss Builds Suspense in The Buried Giant
The Buried Giant, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2015 foray into Arthurian-inspired fantasy, is not the first book you would think of as a suspenseful novel. But Jane K. Cleland's principles of building suspense with memory loss explain how the device heightens tensions in novels like this one.
The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots
In an excerpt from Damn Fine Story, Chuck Wendig shares the idea of plots and subplots being part of a larger story thread—and how they weave together.
Brainstorming for Story Ideas
In this excerpt from The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers.
Develop a Fascinating Premise for Your Mystery Novel
Where do ideas for the best mystery novels come from? Use targeted questions to craft a premise that will hook your readers from the first page. Bestselling author Hallie Ephron shares how to develop a fascinating premise for your mystery novel.