In: PlotWe come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
In: StructureFrom to Spiralism to Martian poetry, not every idea finds a solid foothold in history or a wide audience.
In: PlotHaving 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.
In: DialogueDialogue is, in many ways, the heart of fiction. That's why it pays to get it right—or, at the very least, not wrong.
In: GrammarExclamation 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.
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: ResearchTen ideas for where to send your fiction in 2015.
In: ClicheSince it’s the season of generosity, I figured I would give the internet a present: Puritan sex.
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: ResearchAdvance your writing career right now! Hop to it—some tips and tricks.
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.