You may not know it, but there are many rules that govern when you should spell out a number and when you should use the numerals. Here are a few of them.
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.
Is your dramatic structure intact? Study Freytag's Triangle to see if it is.
A nerdy confessional where I go back through some tabletop RPG experiences that taught me valuable storytelling truths.
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?
It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.
Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
Want to improve your dialogue skills? This article looks at the mistakes writers commonly make.
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Got a story that keeps getting turned down for publication? Here's how you can use industry rejection as a critical tool to improve your work.
Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Do You feel Compelled to Capitalize every other Word? If so, you are an OverCapitalizer. There is help—read on...
Young writers shouldn't be afraid to challenge the conventions of storytelling if they have a plot-driven reason for doing so.
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Let the debates begin! Three books that made me want to be a better writer and better person, and three books that made me want to gouge my eyes out.
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Quotations marks, italics, em dashes, or none of the above: these are a few different ways to punctuate dialogue in your prose.
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.