3 Ways to Show, Not Tell

by Jennifer Harris You’ve heard it a hundred times, if not a thousand: show, don’t tell. But do you know what that really means? Almost every writer struggles with this concept at one point in their writing career. But once you learn the difference, and put it into practice, you’ll be amazed at how quickly […]

What Do the Best Writers Do?

…That Other Writers Don’t? by Joel Klettke [Editor’s note: While this is specifically for non-fiction writers, don’t miss the golden nuggets here that will smooth the paths for fiction writers.] As someone who both writes and manages a writing team, I’ve often wondered why some writers need very little editing or coaching while others need […]

Description Now and Then

Sophie Dawson A while back on a forum there was a question about narrative description. The posting author mentioned how in today’s novels the descriptions were not nearly as detailed as in the past. He wondered why. Now I’ve never really been a show stopper but my post ended the thread pretty abruptly. What had […]

What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of discovery in some people or […]

How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript

by Jennifer Harris The Big Picture – Part 1 Big picture editing—also called developmental editing or the revision stage—can be an overwhelming task, especially if this is your first novel. The big picture edit is where you will start molding your raw material into a polished finished novel. This is the stage of editing where […]

Motivation of Your Characters

by Randy Ingermanson [Editor’s note: If you are not getting Randy’s ezine, I do recommend you do. It is packed with lots of thought-provoking writing, organizing, and marketing advice plus it’s plain common sense stuff.] 3) Craft: How to Measure Motivation Practically everything in fiction eventually comes down to your characters’ motivations. The lead character […]