Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Two: Why Your Beta Readers Never Finished Your Novel

You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part One: Why No One Cares About Your Protagonist

Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
emmanuelnataf

10 Must-Know Tips For Outlining Your Novel

If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
Susan DeFreitas

Dialogue: The Number One Mistake Newbie Writers Make

There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.
Gabino Iglesias

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Religion in Your Fiction

Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.
Gabino Iglesias

Three Exercises for Improved Character Development

If you want your characters to be as deep and nuanced as your narrative, here are three things you can do.
Joshua Isard

Engage Your Readers By Putting Them To Work

As writers, then, we want to ask our readers to do the right kind of work, the kind that helps them engage with our stories as much as possible.
emmanuelnataf

7 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Right Now

Want to write a novel but don't know where to start? NaNoWriMo 2018 might be the perfect opportunity — here's 7 ways you can prepare for it now.
Nick Kolakowski

Folding Real-Life Detail into a Fictional Narrative

Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?
Joshua Isard

5 Essential Character Traits For Ourselves, Not Our Creations

It’s important to develop the kind of personal character that’ll help us get through everything the writing life throws our way.
Nathan Scalia

Taking the Stage: How Storytellers Saved My Ambition to Write

The story of how I fell into a hole with my writing career, and the strategy I developed to climb back out.
Joshua Isard

When To Utilize An Ensemble Cast and How To Do It Well

Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?
Repo Kempt

Writing Emotions Effectively

A guide to portraying emotions in your fiction.
James A. McLaughlin

Bearskin: A Fast Read 20 Years in the Making

The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Creating Tension in Your Fiction

How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.

Make Your Characters More Interesting With Lies

Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
Bart Bishop

The Two Lukes: Comparing and Contrasting 'Dark Empire' and 'The Last Jedi'

A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
Kat Hausler

Write Who You Don’t Know?

'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Trey R. Barker

The Birth of Jace Salome

Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Jeff Noon

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.