New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
The proofreading phase is when a book gets pretty--but the content edit is when you really bring the story home. Here's how to do it right.
Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Volunteering for Wordstock keeps me sane. You should try it!
Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Whether you are actually going back to school this fall, or you just need an excuse to go to the bookstore, we have compiled a list of the most well known style guides and how to use them.
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Take it back to your high school English class with a refresher on clause types.
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.
Writers stress themselves out over the idea of devising a unique, compelling voice in their writing. Here's why a lot of that anxiety is underserved.
Incorporate these principles to not only transition smoothly from scene to scene, but to add a new layer of metaphor for the manipulation of meaning and theme.
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
Give your baby the best possible chance out there in the world of publishing: here's an inside look at formatting issues that drive editors crazy.
In this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.
Two more comma rules that every writer should learn.
Harness The Dramatic Method For Character Action
Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
One of the biggest mistakes committed by both beginning and experienced writers is a failure to craft sentences that transmit information clearly, evenly, and with an emphasis on what’s important.
In the reviews of my first two novels, the issue of the unreliable narrator has been mentioned often. Whether this is meant as criticism, compliment, or some tangle of the two, the following problem remains whenever this point is raised: I don’t believe in the unreliable narrator.