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 Jan 17, 2017
Every writer has them: stories you wrote and then forgot about, stories you could never quite get a handle on and have put away, or ones that got rejected into shameful exile at the bottom of the desk drawer. These are almost always worth another look, and with some tweaking they might turn into gems. Here’s how to breathe life back into an old story.
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?
Andrew Knighton Nov 22, 2016
Self-editing is a tricky business. You need to do it to better understand how you write and to create something others will want to read. But noticing the flaws in your own work is difficult. Here are some tricks you can use to improve your editing once you’ve mastered the fundamentals.
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.
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 Nov 15, 2016
Let's talk about your health. Every occupation has its hazards, and for writers, the list can be varied: from arthritis (Martina Cole) and spinal injuries that can make sitting down a real pain in the ass (Stephen King), to debilitating addiction (Hemingway). Are you as healthy as you could be?
Author's note: The internet makes for a terrible doctor. Consult yours if you've been experiencing health issues of absolutely any kind. The intent of this article is not to diagnose, but simply to alert you to the kind of symptoms for which you should be on the lookout.