The freedom of digital publishing is bringing back short fiction. If you're self-publishing, then ignore the comments about "most publisher"---just make your book description clear so your readers know what they are buying! What is the right length for *your* story?

Word count for various written works. Should you call it a short story or a novelette? What is a novela?

As writers we tend to fall back on the same descriptions of gestures and body language over and over again. This long list can help us shake it up!

(Descriptive) Many of us writers tend to fall back on the same descriptions of gestures and body language over and over again. This long list can help!

The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How to Fix It)

The Character Most Writers Get Wrong (And How to Fix It

CREATE COMPLEX CHARACTERS Here's an incredible tool for writers. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality tool that savvy writers use to create deeply complex and startlingly realistic characters.

10 Writing Mistakes That Kill Your First Chapter

By Marcy Kennedy ( I’m teaching at a writer’s conference this week, so instead of one of my in-depth posts, I thought I’d create a quick checklist for you. Here are 10 writing mistake.

Sometimes, you want to hide the bad guys in your story to fool your readers--and your characters! Click to learn 5 tricks for camouflaging your villain!

Sometimes, you want to hide the bad guys in your story to fool your readers--and your characters! Learn 5 tricks for camouflaging your villain!

That last one: finish something. Absolutely, doesn't matter what it is or how small it is, that feeling of knowing you've finished a project is great.

29 Ways to Stay Creative

29 Ways to Stay Creative. It might've been better titled 29 Ways to Improve Your Writing or something like that. creativity inspiring to me but they're still good ideas. Except i won't drink coffee

Weather. Describing an average day in the life of your character. Backstory. Voiceovers to the reader. Flashback. Dialogue. Prologue. Philosophy. Dreams. Geography. Chapter one. Alarm clock.

Bad ways to start a novel - Bad ways to start a novel

As a writer, creating characters is probably the most important thing you do. Get it wrong, and the story will be wrong no matter how well plotted. Here are 25 things to know.

25 Things About Creating Characters

I feel as if I, or someone I know, wrote these 25 things! "As a writer, creating characters is probably the most important thing you do. Get it wrong, and the story will be wrong no matter how well plotted. Here are 25 things to know.

Writers need to know how to write the beginning of a book so that it does the best possible job of selling their book to prospective agents and publishers.

How to Write the Beginning of a Book: 10 Things Your Beginning Should Do

How to Write the Beginning of a Book: 10 Things Your Beginning Should Do - Natasha Lester Author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Ov.

Great Rules of Writing: louise meyers how-to social media graphics

How Long is a Blog Post? Here's What's Working For Me

500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER aims to provide novelists, screenwriters and other flavors of penmonkey with an avalanche of writing tips and storytelling tricks.

500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER aims to provide novelists, screenwriters and other flavors of penmonkey with an avalanche of writing tips and storytelling tricks. (Warning: this is a very NSFW book of writing advice).

There are a couple of common writing mistakes that will instantly peg you as a novice to any agent or editor, but are really easy to fix if you know what they are.

5 Common Writing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur

5 Common Writing Mistakes There are a couple of common writing mistakes that will instantly peg you as a novice to any agent or editor, but are really easy to fix if you know what they are. Click through for writing tips to conquer those 5 common mistak

Simply Writing Lovely : HOW I: Come Up With My Character Names

This has a few good name generator websites! Simply Writing Lovely : HOW I: Come Up With My Character Names

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