Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.
Secondary characters are vital for adding depth to stories. Few men, no matter how hard they may try, are islands unto themselves. This is true for fictional characters as well as real people. Explore the importance of secondary characters in fiction.
Plagiarism is an issue for writers and teachers and anyone with ties to the writing profession. A look at plagiarism—what it is and how to avoid it.
This is Part 2 of Defining Genre. Included here is a breakdown of the major fiction genres and sub-genres.
Fiction genres have conventions that allow readers to know what they can expect from a novel in the genre. An in-depth look at fiction genres, including reasons for writers to use genre conventions as they write. An article from the Writing Essentials.
An exploration of the omniscient POV. This is part three in a series on point of view.
Second of three articles on point of view. This is an examination of first, second, and third points of view in fiction.
Point of view is one of the basic elements of fiction. This is the first of three articles exploring point of view.
The major characters in your fiction need goals to see them through the story you’ve dropped them into. Make sure you’ve given them goals sufficient for the adventure.
Writers sometimes don’t know how to begin writing a new story, but you can begin anywhere, with any story element. You can begin at any point in the story.