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.
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.
Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Unconventional protagonists make for great fiction—but beware the humble protagonist, who will hamstring your novel at every turn.
In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
We come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
A look at why morally gray characters are so compelling, using the Lannisters of Westeros as my primary examples. Beware: Spoilers abound!
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.
I'll read about them, but I won't take them up on dinner.
From to Spiralism to Martian poetry, not every idea finds a solid foothold in history or a wide audience.
By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.
When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Having some trouble with your novel WIP? Not sure how to connect the dots or how to fill out that character roster? I’m here to help.
Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.
Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Dialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.
Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed feedback and edits on reader submitted paragraphs.