A touch of comedy is useful for any story. It humanises characters and creates variety in even the darkest of horror. In noir or romance, it adds to the appeal of lead characters. In the age of The Avengers and Ant Man, it’s practically mandatory for an action story.
Annoying an editor is the fastest route to manuscript rejection. These ten tips, which I've learned from years of interaction with writer friends and editors, will get you on editors’ good side and hopefully land you a lot of sales.
Editing your own work, whether it's headed off to another editor or about to see the light as a self-published project, is a tricky process. Here are a few tricks to help you fight back—let me know if they work for you!
Every writer faces this contradiction, sooner or later: you need escalating conflict to drive the story forward, but intense conflict also drives your characters apart when you need them to stick together.
Villains are a dime a dozen, but good villains—the ones that stick in your mind—are just as hard to write as good heroes, no matter your genre. The best villains are never purely evil, or evil just because. That complexity is the key to creating a bad guy who stands out.