By Jay Wilburn
Pantsers are the wild and wooly improvisational artists of the writing world. Here are some tools and approaches that can help them develop their stories without giving up their preferred style.
Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
By Gabriel Hart
Those who prescribe to a set system might be condemned to repeat mediocrity.
By Jay Wilburn
After ghostwriting many romance novels, Jay Wilburn learned some lessons that helped with writing stories in other genres.
Finding the right amount of information to include in a story can be a difficult task for any writer.
Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.
The word existential may have, in some contexts, devolved into an epithet for things that seem deep or important, but that’s not really what it means.
Tips and trick for writing a compelling novel synopsis.
Will this article finally bring Sports Twitter and Writer Twitter together? Will the Dolphins draft Tua? Can writers really learn writing tips from watching the NFL Draft?
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Jeff Noon
Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.
Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
In: American Psycho, Character, Death, Jack Ketchum, John Steinbeck, Narrator, Plot, Storyville, Theme
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'