Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel.
If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences...
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
Use anecdotes to deliver delicious features.
Living the dream in Bogota.
The Internet can make finding facts for articles fast and easybut be careful not to get caught in the Web. Here's how to get instant answers online.
A Tuesday With Mitch
Kathleen Gasperini, producer and editor of W.i.g. (Women in General), talks about her career.
A sure-fire way to ruin any writer's relationship with his or her editor is to turn in an article with factual inaccuracies, especially if those mistakes make it to print. Britta Waller offers writers 5 tips on how to avoid the embarrassment of submitting erroneous material to your publisher.
The Art Of The Anecdote
Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz talks about America's obsession with the Civil War and how he finds great stories by taking chances.
What to do when a blank page stares blankly back? Hold on tight while your mind unravels.
Go Back in Time
What do you do when you have more information than your allotted word count can handle? David Fryxell, the editorial director of Writer's Digest, tackles the problem of information overload. Here five tips to help lighten your load.
You may feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, with no compelling nonfiction topics to write about nearby. Marcia Yudkin, author of Writing About the World Around You, dispells that notion, and gives tips for researching the interesting ideas that surround you.
Condense and time the delivery of a character's history to intensify your reader's interest in your nonfiction story.
Caroline Alexander's nonfiction bestsellers are as gripping as any novel. The secret: Let the research carry you away.
Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such historical novels as Master Georgie and Every Man for Himself (about the Titanic). She has an intriguing way of researching, and of feeding her imagination.
Freelance copywriter has winning Web site
A writer makes the most of her grand prize from WD's Annual Writing Competition as she hits New York City for back-to-back agent meetings. Was it worth the trip? Come along and find out.
Step 1: Read this article. Step 2: Write effective stories that will teach anyone how to do anything.
Nonfiction writers give us their techniques and advice for writing.
Get your nonfiction book into the winner's circle by fine-tuning your passion and your business sense.
You can break into the high-paying business market if you know where to look and how to sell your skills.
Freelance writers need reliable information, but they often lack the resources and organizational skills of a publication's editorial research department. Jeffery Zbar outlines six tips to turning vast stockpiles of otherwise latent research data into powerful snippets for your stories or leads for future pieces.