Richard Thomas

Storyville: Evaluating Your Work in Progress—As Author, Editor, and Reader

It's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.
Jay Wilburn

10 Things Wrong with All My First Drafts

No first draft is perfect. We all have bad habits and bad habits show up a lot. Here are 10 things Jay Wilburn seems to find in all his first drafts.
Lisa Bubert

How To Read Between The Lines of Your Rejections

What are those pesky rejection letters actually telling you?

How to Approach the Second Draft of Your Novel-in-Making

As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.

Revisiting Old Works-in-Progress: 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of It

Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Joshua Isard

Improve Your Stories By Eliminating Agendas

The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Repo Kempt

Tackling the Dreaded Rewrite

Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
James A. McLaughlin

Bearskin: A Fast Read 20 Years in the Making

The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
Justin Hunter

Don't Go Back: Avoid Spinning Your Wheels on Old Stories

While it's tempting to revisit old stories that never quite got off the ground, it can be harmful to your progress as a writer.
Fred Venturini

The Three Times Your Novel is Finished

Ask an author how long it took them to write a book, and the answer is always different. Here are three times a novel is finished, and how they each relate to author mindset.
Justin Hunter

The Second-Draft Slump: How to Get Through Edits

The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
Christoph Paul

The 12 Steps for Struggling Writers

If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your First Chapter Right Now

Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Edits to Improve Your Manuscript Right Now

A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Christoph Paul

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Christoph Paul

How to Take Edits 101

I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
Christoph Paul

The Food Pyramid for Writers

The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
Leah Rhyne

The Five Be's to Being a Better Beta Buddy

Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
Alex Segura

Open to Inspiration: How Your Own Family History Can Feed Your Fiction

Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: When to Be Conventional, and When to Be Weird

When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
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.