Leah Rhyne

What To Do When Your Book Jumps the Shark

Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
Beth Lewis (credit: Andrew Mason)

How to Persevere in Your Writing

You've got a long road ahead of you. Here's how to persevere.
George Cotronis

Self-Editing For Dummies

You want to edit your own writing. Here's how to get started.
Brandon Tietz

NaNoWriMo Hangover: 8 Steps to Recovery

You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?
Riki Cleveland

Polishing the All-Important First Fives

Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.

10 Reasons To Draft 10 Times

Ever tried drafting a piece 10 times? Maybe you should. Maybe you need to.
Susan DeFreitas

Long Story Short: 10 Tips for Trimming an Overly Long Novel Down to Size

Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want to Edit A Book Part 3: The Paper Project

There comes a time in every author's life where they get to see their book on paper...and then they tear it up, write all over it, and do it all over again. I'm there now. Let's talk about it.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 2: The Dreadful First Rewrite

In this installment of So You Want To Edit A Book, we talk about the first, dreadful rewrite - how I do it, what I try to fix, where I mess up, and what I intentionally leave for later.
Karina Wilson

Five Ways Scrivener Can Help Your Work In Progress

Why Scrivener? What can it do for your writing? Go beyond the "click here" tutorials and consider how this software can improve your work habits and the quality of your content.
Robbie Blair

The Brick by Brick Method of Writing

I explore a central lesson I learned from writing my thesis: A "brick-by-brick" writing approach that makes projects more manageable, less stressful, and easier to complete.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want To Edit A Book Part 1: The Dramatic First Read Through

Last fall, we (maybe) wrote a book together. Now I'm editing mine, and I'll walk you through my process, a step at a time. Hopefully I've got something to share that'll be helpful to YOU!
Leah Dearborn

Giving Up the Ghost: How to Bury Dead Writing

Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Eight

This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed feedback and edits on reader submitted paragraphs.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Seven

This column explores the art of revision by giving detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Six

This column explores the art of editing by giving detailed edits to reader-submitted excerpts.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Five

This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Four

This column explores the art of editing by carefully analyzing paragraphs submitted by readers.
Susan DeFreitas

Six Tips for Troubleshooting the Novel

Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again.
Emma McMorran Clark

Play It Again, Sam: Tackling the Rewrite

Sometimes the best way to tackle a revision is to just start over.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Three

This monthly column explores writing craft by offering detailed edits of paragraphs submitted by readers.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Two

This monthly column explores writing craft by offering detailed edits of paragraphs submitted by readers.
Gayle Towell

Edit My Paragraph!

This column illustrates editing techniques by offering detailed edits to paragraphs submitted by the readers.
Christine J. Schmidt

How To Break Up With Your First Draft

You're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!
Kelly Thompson

5 Reasons A Good Writing Group Can Save You

What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.