Much of writing advice boils down to: add more conflict. But don’t forget how happy lives can involve compromise and complication as well.
The advantages of walking are well-known and long-heralded. Likewise delightful, the urban perambulatory habits of the flâneur. Less heralded perhaps are the practical creative benefits of stretching one’s legs with neither exercise nor aimlessless in mind.
Write about the things you can’t forget, the things that keep you up at night.
In the literary fiction world, it’s often taken as an article of faith that writing is an intrinsically important activity to be engaged in. Is it?
A couple weeks ago, I advised young writers to have patience—with themselves, with the publishing process, and with their development. Writer Gabe Herron recently wrote an essay for Glimmer Train that echoes that theme as well. He says: Time is the main thing. There never seems to be enough of it, especially once you’ve gone […]
The first secret of comedy writing is perhaps its most important.
What young people need to know about writing and publishing.
Learn what it means to see and read the world in terms of narrative design.
I’m often asked: How can I be so productive? Or how does one balance creative work and other life demands? Here’s the most truthful answer I have.
For every 45 minutes that you write, do 15 minutes of something else. But there’s one catch.
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.