By Peter Derk
Start a dialog journal, fix up your dialog, write better characters, and basically rule the world.
I read my first Jack Reacher book, and there were so many shrugs. Jack Reacher has come to shrug and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum.
By Joshua Isard
Employ language that allows the audience to believe your characters believe what is happening.
An essay about why the vocation of writing can sometimes feel shameful, and how to own that shame and then eventually conquer it.
Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
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.
This verbal repetition can create a beat of bland time that lets your story breathe, or it can refresh previous plot points and trigger strong emotions. Steal this natural aspect of spoken rhetoric to enliven your prose.