Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
More on the purposes of dialogue tags—use them to keep a story flowing.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Technology is part of a story’s setting. Remember to include technology, especially in contemporary stories, if you want setting and background to feel authentic.
The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?
A real-world example used to show the importance of checking sentences to make sure the subject you include is the one you intend for the sentence.
Give your readers a takeaway, something to remember you and your stories by once the book has been read.
Tips for using the sense elements to differentiate characters, enhance mood, and make stories feel real.
Use word choices to make your stories stand out, to involve readers in the fiction. Tips for twisting common words into memorable passages.