In: GrammarGrammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
In: ClicheSince it’s the season of generosity, I figured I would give the internet a present: Puritan sex.
By Robbie Blair
In: PoetryTanka poets have a unique way of perfectly freezing a moment in time, of turning a short impression into a story of five lines.
In: Word PlayHemingway, 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.
In: AbstractsAre you a tortoise or a hare? NaNoWriMo isn't the only writing marathon, and participating in different challenges can help you discover more about your own habits.
By Robbie Blair
In: PlotI go into several methods for outlining longer pieces, including free-write summary, skeletal summaries, "snowflake" summaries, visual outlines, and more.
In: VocabularyA 2013 poll showed that 28 percent of adults asked had not read a book in the past year. What are some of the reasons behind a continuing aversion to reading, and what can readers do to help?
In: AbstractsWho doesn’t love a good heist story? Markus Zusak may have popularized the idea in his YA novel, 'The Book Thief,' but literary theft isn’t exclusive to the realm of fiction.
By Leah Rhyne
In: ObjectsIn the second installment of So You Want To Write a Book, we talk about the actual mechanics of getting started. Where will you write? How will you format? What else should you do?
In: StructureGot your three acts, your hero's journey and your turning points sorted? Good. But, what's holding them all together? Take your screenplay to the next level by addressing the emotional spine.