What can a bad story teach us? Turns out, it's a lot.
By Joshua Isard
Everyday language is a way to understand different kinds of people. Diving in to those differences is vital.
Certain writers demand to be read, and doing so is a class to all who do. Don Winslow is one of them.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
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.
Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.
Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Jeff VanderMeer, Plot, Stephen King, Storyville, Structure, Theme, Voice
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
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.
Quotations marks, italics, em dashes, or none of the above: these are a few different ways to punctuate dialogue in your prose.
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
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.
The baddest of the prose villains, that one word that, when mis-used, can single-handedly wreck an entire page of fiction for me, if not the whole piece: As.
Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Smart actors use the stage business of peeling an apple or lighting a cigarette to create a layer of interest that dialogue alone can never convey. Learn to punctuate your dialogue with gesture and attribution to propel interest and achieve better pacing.
The temptation for new writers to answer every question raised in a fictional dialogue with a perfect, clever, instant response is very strong. Chuck demonstrates how this flattens the energy of a scene and what to do instead.