Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
Some lessons from two masters of the sentence.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
Make it your New Year's Resolution to find and read more books through the literary world's secret weapon: podcasts.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.