Column by Margo Orlando Littell
Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Column by Justin Hunter
While it's tempting to revisit old stories that never quite got off the ground, it can be harmful to your progress as a writer.
Column by Susan DeFreitas
A high-quality critique group can help you level up as a writer in a big way——just be aware that there are some things they generally can’t do.
Column by Justin Hunter
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
Column by Eric Beetner February 19, 2018
Eric Beetner on how to increase your writing output.
Column by Repo Kempt August 28, 2017
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Column by Christoph Paul August 15, 2017
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Column by Christoph Paul
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
Column by Annie Neugebauer June 7, 2017
What does trust have to do with writing? Well, unfortunately for those with trust issues, pretty much everything. Love it or hate it, it permeates every facet of the gig.
Column by Richard Thomas February 22, 2017
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
Column by Riki Cleveland February 8, 2017
If your first drafts are more unfit for public consumption than you’d really like, try these tips for a cleaner, more organized initial pass.
Column by Leah Rhyne October 26, 2016
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
Column by Raine Winters
Because everyone can assist in this whole "writing hobby thing."
Interview by Max Booth III
Max chats with Scott Adlerberg about how genre can potentially limit writers.
Column by Riki Cleveland October 7, 2015
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
Column by Susan DeFreitas June 4, 2015
Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.
Column by Gayle Towell December 16, 2014
This column explores the art of revision by giving detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.
Column by Leah Rhyne November 25, 2014
In this, the final installment of So You Want To Write A Book, we talk about THE END!
Column by Gayle Towell November 13, 2014
This column explores the art of editing by giving detailed edits to reader-submitted excerpts.
Column by Gayle Towell October 16, 2014
This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.
Column by Gayle Towell September 16, 2014
This column explores the art of editing by carefully analyzing paragraphs submitted by readers.
Column by Susan DeFreitas September 10, 2014
Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again.
Column by Emma McMorran Clark July 23, 2014
Sometimes the best way to tackle a revision is to just start over.