Unconventional protagonists make for great fiction—but beware the humble protagonist, who will hamstring your novel at every turn.
In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
We come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
A look at why morally gray characters are so compelling, using the Lannisters of Westeros as my primary examples. Beware: Spoilers abound!
Giving up on a piece of writing seems counterintuitive. We’re told from an early age that if we just keep trying, one day we’ll succeed. But sometimes effort just isn’t enough.
I'll read about them, but I won't take them up on dinner.
From to Spiralism to Martian poetry, not every idea finds a solid foothold in history or a wide audience.
By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.
When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Having some trouble with your novel WIP? Not sure how to connect the dots or how to fill out that character roster? I’m here to help.
Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.
Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Dialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.
Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed feedback and edits on reader submitted paragraphs.
Ten ideas for where to send your fiction in 2015.
Since it’s the season of generosity, I figured I would give the internet a present: Puritan sex.
Relatability in your characters will help your work strike a chord with readers. This article explores ways that you can make your heroes, villains, and other characters more relatable.
Tanka poets have a unique way of perfectly freezing a moment in time, of turning a short impression into a story of five lines.
Advance your writing career right now! Hop to it—some tips and tricks.
This column explores the art of revision by giving detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.
Ursula K. Le Guin is best known for her sci-fi and fantasy, but part of what makes her work so remarkable is the deeply realistic way it handles the nuanced intersections of character and culture.
Hemingway, famously, kept it short and sweet. But if you've got the gift of gab, like Nabokov and Marquez, you can stretch out with sentences that gallop, guffaw, and bulge with overstuffed wit.