In: PlotThere is a symbiotic "formal" relationship between situation and scene. A clearly defined dramatic-situation enhances the tension of your scenes, and more scenes ensure deeper exploration of premise.
Ghostly Doppelgangers, Bell-Ringing Goblins, and More Cranky Old Rich Jerks: Get in the Holiday Spirit With Some Lesser Known Dickens
In: ThemeCan't get enough Dickens at Christmas time? Check out his lesser-known holiday-themed works.
In: Literary DevicesIncluding mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
In: ThemeIt's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
In: PoetryIs your brain getting flabby from too much science fiction writing? Shake up your writing routine by trying out one of the oldest forms in the book. That's right--write a sonnet!
In: ResearchToday's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
In: CharacterCrafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
In: VocabularyDoes the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
In: Rewriting8 warning signs that you may want to throw your latest manuscript under the lawnmower.
In: Phrases8 frequently abused words or phrases that gum up your content. Stars of the show include "suddenly," "then," "is," "started," "very," "that," "like," and "in order to."
In: WorkshopIs technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?
By Erin Reel
In: RewritingWriters have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.
In: Literary DevicesGet to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
In: VoiceOne the most widely misunderstood — yet crucial — skills a writer must learn is the ability to put specific actions on the page that transcend into larger, universal concepts.
In: ResearchNew rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
By Rob Hart