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.
A study of how Michael Chabon uses Suspense in literary fiction to keep the reader reading and to move the story forward.
Two readings: one book store, one bar. Which was better? Well, it depends on if you prefer alcohol or silence more.
A unique, compelling character must always possess the ability to confront — and ultimately confuse — readers’ expectations at every turn.
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.
A list of some of the best conversation-creating writers out there.
A few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.
Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are all said to be based on real people. Is using your boss or neighbor as a ready made character a stroke of genius, or a fast route to a lawsuit?
Choosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.
Why overwriting and needless instruction have a habit of killing a story every time.
Add depth to your writing with a Figurative Language Well.
Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.
Plots 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.