Even if you’re focused on writing a novel, writing short stories can be a wonderful creativity tool to help you strengthen elements of your fiction, experiment with characters and simply stay loose.
A reality violation occurs when something you’ve written is at odds with the way the world works—either the actual physical world (if you write realism), or the imaginary world (if you do world-building, as in sci-fi or fantasy). Here's how to detect and fix them.
When you're writing a self-help book, make sure to do your research. Here are five tips to help ensure that your nonfiction work holds up against a critical eye.
Looking to improve your writing? When Tim Knox's clients ask him how to become better writers, he offers these six get-started tips.
Typical resources—histories, documentaries, Wikipedia, Google—can provide facts and figures, contribute context, but good historical fiction needs more. Here are eleven resources to shake loose the soul of your setting so it can sparkle on the page.
How does a writer create a character unlike themselves and give it a living, breathing personality? I’ll walk through these six steps that worked for me--and perhaps they’ll work for you.
Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic manuscript that's bound to catch the eye of agents and readers. Here are seven ways to take your eye for big screen...
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
Award-winning author Barry Lancet shares five secrets he’s learned in his writing career about developing a character who can carry a series of novels.
The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Writing the historical novel brings several unique challenges. Tailoring these techniques to your historical novel will help you capture and hold your readers’ attention.
Persuasive characters keep a good story aloft and your readers involved. So where do you find these characters? How do you make them breathe? Here are specific tips to help you create characters that will win over readers.
Here are seven excellent pieces of advice for fiction writers from bestselling author Margaret Atwood.
Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life.
The rewrite is tougher than the draft. But the right rewrite strengthens your fiction into something that lasts to publication and gains a significant readership. Boost your novel-polishing skills with these seven strategies.
Recognizing the subtle differences in writing emotion and writing feeling can help render both more powerfully on the page.
If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five...
Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
For hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here's one way the 30-day challenge can be a serious boost.
How do you take your writing ideas, write a book and become a published author? Here are 5 ways you can help you make your writing dreams real that don't involve business plans.
A battle scene in a novel can be a very powerful. Here is some novel writing advice about writing battle scenes.
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice.