by Andrea Lundgren Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it’s nice to know that the characters you’ve read about succeed. When you’ve invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they’ve sought for so long, but… Read More How to Write an Ending That Fits Your Story
Hi all! There’s only two more days (almost one day now) left to participate in the current creative writing contest. I know there are many of you finishing up your story to submit tomorrow. Even if it’s not perfect, I encourage you to submit. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Keep in mind… Read More Two More Days For the Writing Contest!
by Meg Dowell Writing a lot and writing well at the same time? It’s not easy, but it’s possible. I know of writers and overall content creators who publish a new piece of content every day — and their work is usually good. But not always great. I also know of creators who… Read More How to Balance Quality with Quantity to Write More, Better
by Michael Mohr Finding your literary “voice” in writing is tough, no question. So much of it is organic, visceral, from within. What does that mean? Well, basically it means that you’re not likely to “find your voice” from an MFA class or from a writing seminar or from a writing conference or… Read More Finding Your (Literary) Voice
by Andrea Lundgren You can’t always tell who’s going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don’t read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won’t to another. But you can tell some things about your own… Read More What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers
by Ryan Lanz For some, writer’s block is a very real and forbidding thing. I personally know authors who treat this as a superstition that no amount of garlic and rabbit feet will save them from. There are countless blog posts on how to beat writer’s block–and yes, we’ll go over that too–although… Read More How to Defeat Your Writer’s Block
by Richard Risemberg If your work is to be produced by a trade publisher, the cover will be entirely out of your hands. This can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing: good, because it is by no means easy to design and produce a good cover; bad, because… Read More How People Judge a Book By Its Cover
by Yvonne Blackwood Your Ronnie Rabbit story is progressing nicely and you are loving his intricate moves. Then halfway into the tale, it dawns on you that the story cannot be all narration. There must be interactions between Ronnie and other animals—family members, friends, even enemies. The missing link is dialogue. Your anthropomorphic… Read More How to Write Children’s Picture Books: Enrich Your Story With Dialogue
by Lauren Sapala When writers first start out writing they tend to concentrate on all the wrong things. The big question always seems to be: Do I have talent? This is followed closely by: How do I get an agent? When I was a new writer I also agonized quite a bit over… Read More Real Writers Persist. Always.
by Ryan Lanz Dumping is rarely appreciated anywhere, and inside your novel is no different. When I started writing, I can remember feeling the urge to clue the reader in on every tidbit of information on a character/setting, including the culture, people, landscape, type of plants that grow there, every holiday, flavors of tea consumed, what… Read More How to Avoid Info-Dumps in Your Stories