In: VoiceWriters 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.
By Dave Reuss
In: GrammarGive 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: ResearchIn this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.
In: GrammarTwo more comma rules that every writer should learn.
In: Literary DevicesFiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
In: PhrasesOne 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.
By Joshua Mohr
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.
In: Live ReadingTwo readings: one book store, one bar. Which was better? Well, it depends on if you prefer alcohol or silence more.
In: DialogueA list of some of the best conversation-creating writers out there.
In: NarratorA few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.
By Cath Murphy
By Cath Murphy
In: Literary DevicesWhy overwriting and needless instruction have a habit of killing a story every time.
By Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.
In: ThemePlots shouldn't unfold with cause-and-effect insomuch as careful repetitions of symbolism and theme. Here's one way you can do this without forcing the story to wear symbolism on it sleeve.