Fiction writing lends itself to an endless array of characters, from humans to mythical creatures: borrowed, created, or something in between.
Every writer creates their own type of outline. Or, sometimes they don’t.
Writing romance (without sounding like a sap) doesn’t have to be an exercise in clichés. Learn to avoid this genre’s tired tropes, or at least how to use them to your advantage.
Showing vs. telling: both are key to establishing mood and tone, and creating an immersive storytelling experience.
Black and white is great for photography. In stories? Not so much. Painting your fictional characters in shades of grey is crucial.
Writing action sequences (without punching yourself or your audience in the face) is a delicate art.
There is no right way to create and use character backstories, but with practice and revisions, you can find the happy medium between too much and not enough.
World-building is how we writers enable our paranoid, Type A control freak habits, and write stories our readers can really dive into.
The flat, unyielding fairy tale villain is dead. Find out how to make your bad guys leap off the page.
Whether for the sake of word count or story progression, it’s important to know when it’s time to kill your darlings, and kill them dead.