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Fiction Writing Advice from Famous Authors: 20 Pieces of Brilliant Insight

The world is full of people who want to give writing advice, but not everyone's qualified. The only people who truly understand writers and the writing life are writers themselves. We’ve compiled twenty quotes from famous authors with some of the very best advice on living the writing life, the craft itself, and the only way [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|1 Comment

How to Be Mean to Your Characters: Understanding Narrative Conflict

It ain’t easy being mean. You’ve spent a lot of time developing a character your readers will care about, and you’ve grown fond of that character, too. But, in the name of good fiction, you’re going to have to make her suffer. That's narrative conflict. Storytelling is about conflict. If your character isn’t struggling, you’re [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

When Feedback Hurts: How to Handle Criticism as a Writer

For some of us, hearing criticism or seeing those red marks on our drafts indicating places where we may need to make changes is like hearing our newborn baby is ugly. How can you make receiving feedback easier and more productive? Here's how to handle criticism without getting disheartened. Why Does Criticism Hurt? You pour [...]

By | September 5th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

What Does “Show, Don’t Tell” Mean?

“Show, don’t tell.” Every fiction writer has heard the phrase ad nauseam. It’s handed down from seasoned scribes to newbies with seriousness and reverence. We’re told it’s the key to writing stories that come alive rather than fall flat. Most fiction writers have at least a basic understanding of what “show, don’t tell” means, but [...]

By | August 29th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

How to Use Power Verbs to Amp Up Your Writing

Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is . . . the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Powerful language fills your writing with energy, which impresses agents, editors, and readers. Here’s how to use power verbs to make an impact. 10 Examples of Power Verbs [...]

By | August 22nd, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing|2 Comments

Pacing in Writing – 7 Ways to Keep Your Story Moving

Pacing in writing is the key to creating stories your readers can’t put down. Think of how many times you’ve heard someone comment on a book they’ve abandoned by saying “I tried to get through it, but it was just so slow” or “It just raced along, but it didn’t have any substance.” What is [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|Editing|1 Comment