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.
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.