Column by Rob W. Hart January 5, 2012 (30) comments
Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.
Column by Jon Gingerich January 4, 2012 (5) comments
Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Column by Jon Gingerich December 29, 2011 (2) comments
Does a character have to “change” during the course of a story? Do they have to evolve? Or can they continue behaving the same as always, even at the end of the narrative?
Column by Brandon Tietz December 27, 2011 (5) comments
Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.
Column by Jon Gingerich December 21, 2011 (4) comments
Writers are often faced with the predicament of writing themselves into a plot corner. We know where our stories are supposed to go, but the plot becomes an impasse to resolution instead of a gateway.
Column by Taylor Houston December 20, 2011 (21) comments
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.
Column by Rob W. Hart December 15, 2011 (31) comments
Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.
Column by Taylor Houston December 12, 2011 (5) comments
Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.
Column by Jon Gingerich December 7, 2011 (10) comments
A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.
Column by Richard Thomas December 5, 2011 (10) comments
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Column by Taylor Houston December 1, 2011 (2) comments
Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.
Column by Jon Gingerich November 25, 2011 (6) comments
Maintaining action is paramount in fiction, but sooner or later we’ll need to deliver expository details for our stories to make sense. So, how do writers engage while providing character depth?
Column by Jon Gingerich November 9, 2011 (13) comments
A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.
Column by Richard Thomas November 8, 2011 (9) comments
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Column by Taylor Houston November 1, 2011 (10) comments
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.
Column by Jon Gingerich October 27, 2011 (6) comments
Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.
Column by Christopher Bram October 26, 2011 (5) comments
Three Things the Author of "Gods and Monsters" Learned by Listening to His Students.
Column by Taylor Houston October 25, 2011 (7) comments
A Discussion of Non-linear Narrative Structure
Column by Richard Thomas October 19, 2011 (38) comments
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Column by Taylor Houston October 17, 2011 (5) comments
The ending is the most important part, and as a writer you should want to write a spectacular ending because, hey, you did a heck-of-a-lot of work on the beginning and middle parts.
Column by Taylor Houston October 13, 2011 (6) comments
How to Generate plot ideas for your NaNoWriMo novel.
Column by Jon Gingerich October 12, 2011 (3) comments
A list of the different modes of point of view, with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen October 11, 2011 (8) comments
A submissions calendar is a smart idea, but it helps to know where to submit and who's accepting each month. In this column we break it all down for you, one month at a time.
Column by Jon Gingerich October 5, 2011 (7) comments
Stories start from a default position of cliché: readers go into stories with expectations, and if too many are fulfilled the spell is broken. So, how do writers engage when the odds are against them?