By Peter Derk
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
By Cina Pelayo
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
By Cina Pelayo
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
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.