In: PlotThere is a symbiotic "formal" relationship between situation and scene. A clearly defined dramatic-situation enhances the tension of your scenes, and more scenes ensure deeper exploration of premise.
Ghostly Doppelgangers, Bell-Ringing Goblins, and More Cranky Old Rich Jerks: Get in the Holiday Spirit With Some Lesser Known Dickens
In: ThemeCan't get enough Dickens at Christmas time? Check out his lesser-known holiday-themed works.
In: Literary DevicesIncluding mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
In: ThemeIt's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
In: PoetryIs your brain getting flabby from too much science fiction writing? Shake up your writing routine by trying out one of the oldest forms in the book. That's right--write a sonnet!
In: CharacterCrafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
In: VocabularyDoes the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
In: Phrases8 frequently abused words or phrases that gum up your content. Stars of the show include "suddenly," "then," "is," "started," "very," "that," "like," and "in order to."
In: WorkshopIs technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?
By Erin Reel
In: Literary DevicesGet to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
In: VoiceOne the most widely misunderstood — yet crucial — skills a writer must learn is the ability to put specific actions on the page that transcend into larger, universal concepts.