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.
There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.
Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
In which Taylor revisits her 2012 article about autobiographical fiction and nearly twists herself into a knot trying to explain what the hell she actually meant, if anything...
It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.
Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.
Read this before you jump on a stage and launch into your best story.
If you want your characters to be as deep and nuanced as your narrative, here are three things you can do.
As writers, then, we want to ask our readers to do the right kind of work, the kind that helps them engage with our stories as much as possible.
Happy 260th Birthday to the man whose name is synonymous with “Go Look It Up!” (Which is the pre-cursor to today’s “Google It!”)
What is crosstalk, and how is it ruining your workshop?
Want to write a novel but don't know where to start? NaNoWriMo 2018 might be the perfect opportunity — here's 7 ways you can prepare for it now.
To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?
It’s important to develop the kind of personal character that’ll help us get through everything the writing life throws our way.
Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.
The story of how I fell into a hole with my writing career, and the strategy I developed to climb back out.
Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?
A guide to portraying emotions in your fiction.
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.
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.
Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
A look at when uncertainty can make fiction stronger.
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.
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.