Three Telling Quotes About 'Very' Substitute ‘damn' every time you're inclined to write ‘very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain 'Very' is the...
Georges Polti says that all stories boil down to just 36 dramatic situations and takeoffs of those situations. Somebody else out there added #37. If you're stuck for a situation, try this. A situation appears below randomly (in bold print). If yo...
25 Ways To Fuck With Your Characters (Or, "Building Conflict One Cruelty At A Time")
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.
Always opt for simple language over the complex—unless you're dealing with one of these arcane words. Think you could work one into your copy?
Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file your masterpiece, only to find your editor thinks it's two dozen "tinks" shy of publishable.
Fiction Writers Character Chart to help authors to get a better grip on building characters for their novels.
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The meaning and history of first names.
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The "Snowflake Method" is a novel-writing tool created by novelist/theoretical physicist Randy Ingermanson. While many novel-writing methods encourage a linear outline or skeleton for your novel, in the Snowflake Method you **begin with a short summa...
Calling all English speakers! These words are so cool they deserve to be reinstated to everyday use.
[Originally published April 10, 2012.] - - - WRITE EVERY DAY Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, ...
Ever feel stumped? Uninspired? Blank? These creative writing prompts will kick your muse into high gear so you can start writing again. Be creative and have fun!
When I get to the end of an edit, I generally make a list of the author's "favorite" words and phrases—words he or she used over and over without realizing it. It's quite instructive.