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.
Make Freytag's Pyramid work for you, not the other way around.
A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript involves blood.
Research is important, but you don't want to become a researcher. Learn how to research as a writer instead of writing as a researcher.
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.
"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action.
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
Want to make a reader shiver? Here are a few tips.
Why is the new Microsoft Word trying to boss me around?
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.