The cliché "start your novel with action" has a flaw—and it's a major one: What good is the action if it isn't grounded in context that’s important to the story or draws you to the main character? It's much, much better to start your story with tension, like a character conflict or a character who's not getting what he wants. This gives the reader a reason to feel connected.
Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)
Gaslighting can work its way into the backstory of a character, but it can also be misused. Here, author Emma Barry discusses gaslighting in romance.
Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels
Author and veteran Brad Taylor discusses the research that led to his new thriller novel, The Devil’s Ransom.
How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage
As co-writing partners who fully embody the stories they tell in their writing process, authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka share how role-playing helps their writing, and their marriage.