Help! My Characters Are All Too Similar! 5 Tips to Make Them Distinct

  by Roz Morris   I’ve been asked this question twice recently–in a conversation on G+ and by a student at my Guardian masterclass the other week. In both cases, the writers had encouraging feedback from agents, but one crucial criticism: the characters all seemed too similar. And probably this wasn’t surprising because of their story… Read More Help! My Characters Are All Too Similar! 5 Tips to Make Them Distinct

3 Major Types of Rewrites, and the Big Mistake to Avoid with All of Them

  by Lauren Sapala   One of the first things a writer learns is about the power—and the challenge—of the rewrite. For those writers who assume that everything Ernest Hemingway wrote flowed perfectly out of his pen on the very first try, the illusion is shattered. The more experience a writer gains, the more they… Read More 3 Major Types of Rewrites, and the Big Mistake to Avoid with All of Them

How to Apply the Principles of Fast Learning to Become a Better Writer

  by Rafal Reyzer   You’ve heard that to become proficient at any specialized skill, you need at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. This view has been popularized by Malcolm Gladwell through his book The Outliers. The 10k rule has since been debunked, and we intuitively know that improvement doesn’t take so long. However,… Read More How to Apply the Principles of Fast Learning to Become a Better Writer