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10 Tips for Effective Networking at a Writer’s Conference
Nervous about connecting with other writers and publishing professionals at your next writer's conference? John Peragine has 10 tips on how to network effectively and get the most out of your experience.
Embracing the Blank Page: Why All Writing is an Act of Courage
From writing sketch comedy to novels to telling true stories from his own life, William Kenower has found that all writing takes courage. Learn more about how to gather the courage to turn nothing into something.
What Binge-Watching 'Stranger Things' Taught Me About Storytelling
As fans eagerly await Season 3 of Netflix hit series Stranger Things, Scott Hildreth offers three storytelling lessons and editing goals writers can glean from the show.
7 Top Tips to Create a Cinematic Novel
Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic manuscript that's bound to catch the eye of agents and readers. Here are seven ways to take your eye for big screen story ideas and craft them into can't-miss novel ideas.
Top 5 Reasons Cruising is the Perfect Writing Vacation
Here are some reasons why cruising is a great way to spend a vacation that can lead to some excellent writing results.
Why Point of View Is So Important for Novel Writers
The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
How to Add Another Level to Your Novel with Footnotes
Footnotes seem to be a rather polarizing topic among the literary community, so let's talk about them—and what benefits exist.
Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More From Readers
Recognizing the subtle differences in writing emotion and writing feeling can help render both more powerfully on the page. Author David Corbett shares some key tips for how to evoke a reader's emotion.
How to Turn Elements of Your Novel Into a Masterpiece
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.
Female Protagonists in Crime Fiction: What You Need to Know
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.
How to Write Better Villains: 5 Ways to Get Into the Mind of a Psychopath
In Peter James’s latest 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 5 tips for how to get in the mind of a psychopath to be able to write one effectively.
7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story
Many writers who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways. K.M. Weiland's seven-step process to creating a flexible outline for any story can help you let loose and have fun in your first draft.
5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
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 of the 20th century in my fictionalized home-turf of Newport Beach, California. This is what I learned about writing historical fiction.