The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.
There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.
Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.
Read this before you jump on a stage and launch into your best story.
Happy 260th Birthday to the man whose name is synonymous with “Go Look It Up!” (Which is the pre-cursor to today’s “Google It!”)
Want to write a novel but don't know where to start? NaNoWriMo 2018 might be the perfect opportunity — here's 7 ways you can prepare for it now.
To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?
Dialogue can make or break a novel. Here are some pointers to help you write better dialogue.
A guide to portraying emotions in your fiction.
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.