Fiction writer Douglas W. Millikin offers an honest and insightful essay about the biggest myths writers face about their profession.
Writers may desire advice on how to better balance their writing lives and be productive, but few prescriptives are one size fits all.
How do you balance work on your art with work on yourself?
Understand the 7 sins of memory, and how to use these sins to convey greater meaning and truth in your stories.
Author Barbara Baig discusses word choice and how it affects tone, voice, and clarity.
If you want to write realistic dialogue, resist the temptation to follow a very logical “call and response” structure.
Brooke McIntyre of Inked Voices explains what to look for in a critique group and how to find the best writing critique group for you.
The personal essay can provide an artful account of earned insight often more useful than years of therapeutic work.
As a teenager, I looked on my mother’s files with disdain and, later, with pity. How sad, I thought, to just move papers about and never really do the things you want to do. How tragic, to lock up a life in a box.
If you can’t portray someone you know personally in a positive fashion, you will probably lose this friend and/or be sued for libel.
More writing does not necessarily equal better-quality writing, nor does faster writing lead to faster achievement of your goals.
Rejection is rarely personal—but it still hurts. So what do you do?
A specific and daily moment of self-reflection can revolutionize your writing by offering you a clear picture of your mental state, anxieties, and fears.
To inspire other people to engage in something that you’re concerned about, you have to avoid getting caught in the trap of writing with an agenda.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
Do you have a project that confuses you, or feels dangerous? That’s what you should write says Mark Wisniewski.
For me, the hardest thing about being online is remembering what I think and the “why” that I’m working for. The multiplicity of voices can make you forget your center.
Why you should ensure you have as many stories on submission as possible.
At conferences, I’m often asked by writers if they “have what it takes” to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: “Do I have talent?”
Fiction writer Rowena Macdonald says she finds writing dialogue much easier than constructing a plot.