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.
By Robbie Blair
In: CharacterRelatability in your characters will help your work strike a chord with readers. This article explores ways that you can make your heroes, villains, and other characters more relatable.
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: CharacterUrsula K. Le Guin is best known for her sci-fi and fantasy, but part of what makes her work so remarkable is the deeply realistic way it handles the nuanced intersections of character and culture.
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.