In: Abstracts, Character, Dialogue, Grammar, Literary Devices, Narrator, Objects, Phrases, Plot, POV, Research, Rewriting, Structure, Verbs, Voice, Word Play, Workshop
Chuck surprised us all with a new batch of essays for 2014 & 2015! There is no exact timeline on how these will roll out, so just keep an eye on the site.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
36 exclusive craft essays on writing you won't find anywhere else online. The knowledge here is equivalent to what you'd get in an MFA program.
In: StructureNo writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
In: GrammarIt's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.
In: POVPerspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
In: RewritingFocusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
By Cath Murphy
In: ThemeIf we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
In: ResearchProcrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
In: GrammarThe article in which I call out my Alma Mater for being stodgy ol’ hypocrites.
In: StructureIt's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
In: Live ReadingTips and advice for a pleasant convention experience.
In: DialogueWhen done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
In: ResearchIt's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
In: ClicheThe guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.