Gabino Iglesias

Writing Tips From the Don Winslow Universe

Certain writers demand to be read, and doing so is a class to all who do. Don Winslow is one of them.
Cina Pelayo

Donald Maas and The Emotional Craft of Fiction Writing

Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Gabino Iglesias

What Reviewing Nonfiction Taught Me About Writing Fiction

Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
Max Booth III

5 Unconventional Methods of Writing a Story

Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.
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

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.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Tips to Help You Write Believable Dialogue

Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.
Justin Hunter

5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Screenplay

Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Turning a Phrase: How to Write Historical Dialogue

When 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.
Susan DeFreitas

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue

Dialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Putting Your Life in Your Fiction

Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
Christopher Shultz

Want To Be A Better Writer? Take Acting Classes

From basic games to complex script analysis, actors have a thing or two to teach writers.
Chuck Palahniuk

Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs

You've always heard the maxim, "Show, don't tell..." but almost no writing teacher ever explains... How. Discover how to strengthen your prose by unpacking abstract and static verbs into descriptive action.
Robbie Blair

6 Ways You're Botching Your Dialogue

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Want to improve your dialogue skills? This article looks at the mistakes writers commonly make.
Robbie Blair

Do or Dialect: 6 Tips for Building a Believable Voice

Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Taylor Houston

Talk It Out: How To Punctuate Dialogue In Your Prose

Quotations marks, italics, em dashes, or none of the above: these are a few different ways to punctuate dialogue in your prose.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Dialogue

What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Kimberly Turner

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Sex

How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Jon Gingerich

The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.