Victoria Grossack Feb 7, 2017
Readers expect engaging storytelling and may stop turning pages if you don’t give it to them. If you tend to hesitate in the creation of your story, here are some steps to take to make your stories bolder.
Alex J Coyne Dec 21, 2016
If there’s anything writers struggle with even more than beginnings, it is endings. Imagine you’ve captured your reader’s attention, kept her following you for the entire journey, and now all of your hard work comes down to one final scene that will make or break her reading experience. Yikes!
Here are some tips on approaching your story's ending.
Alex J Coyne Nov 29, 2016
Good characters are real. They’re made from flesh, blood, and ink. They've got families and histories, likes and dislikes. Even the girl behind the register who only says two lines in chapter seven might have a quirky turn of phrase.
If you’re looking to write good characters, you need to get under their skin first. Here's a few tricks to help you do just that.
Alex J Coyne Jul 26, 2016
Fiction, by nature, is all about making things up. But even fiction has to abide by some facts. Whenever you use an existing environment, things like lingo and location have to make sense to the reader, and the author is expected to get it right. Think about it: if you write about South Africa, a reader from SA would know that traffic lights are commonly called ‘robots’, and that ‘football’ isn’t always ‘soccer’.
Here’s why fiction needs fact—and how to keep it on target.
Victoria Grossack Jan 31, 2017
Hesitant writing plagues many would-be storytellers. Your sentences are supposed to lead your readers through a wonderful fictional experience – but who wants to follow a guide who is obviously insecure? This article won’t tell you what to write, but give you tips on how to write firm, confident sentences.
Andrew Knighton Dec 6, 2016
Landscape can be a great source of atmosphere and inspiration in a story. From the desert planet Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s Dune to the rolling hills and menacing mountains of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, it’s central to many memorable books.
So how can you use landscape to shape you stories and craft?
Bartholomew Klick Aug 22, 2016
Writing comics has made my long-form fiction better. It forces me to think in original ways, and to work creatively around the medium’s restrictions. I hope that sharing my experience here may help writers explore new voices and techniques.
Carol Ayer Jul 23, 2016
Hi, my name is Carol, and I have a confession to make. I am a pantser.
I know I'm not alone. You'll find us in the deep underbelly of the writing community. We are writers without a plan, with barely a clue of where our story is headed and what its main themes are. We write by the seat of our pants, in our carefree but eventually crazy-making fashion.