You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
By BH Shepherd
A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
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.
Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.
If you want your characters to be as deep and nuanced as your narrative, here are three things you can do.
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.
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.
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?
It’s important to develop the kind of personal character that’ll help us get through everything the writing life throws our way.
The story of how I fell into a hole with my writing career, and the strategy I developed to climb back out.
Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?
By Repo Kempt
A guide to portraying emotions in your fiction.
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.
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.
By Peter Derk
Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
By Bart Bishop
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
By Kat Hausler
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
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.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Jeff Noon
Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.