In: RewritingYou've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?
By Suzy Vitello
In: Live ReadingSuzy Vitello, aka "the den mom," knows how to throw a great book party. After all, she was taught by the master of the literary festivus, Chuck Palahniuk. Need some ideas for your own launch? Read on.
In: StructureNo writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
In: GrammarIt's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.
In: POVPerspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
In: RewritingFocusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
By Cath Murphy
In: ThemeIf we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
In: ResearchProcrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
In: GrammarThe article in which I call out my Alma Mater for being stodgy ol’ hypocrites.
In: StructureIt's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
In: Live ReadingTips and advice for a pleasant convention experience.
In: DialogueWhen done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
In: ResearchIt's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
In: ClicheThe guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.