Essayist and professor Nell Boeschenstein discusses how establishing structure can liberate your writing.
Editor Gabriela Lessa explains how to use outlining to generate a strong voice for your characters.
Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.
Alex Limberg discusses attaining the perfect balance between dialogue and description in your fiction.
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. Learn the most common dangers of writing groups, and find out how to improve your group to give you more of what you need—and less of what you don’t.
You’ll find common myths and misconceptions about guns in thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction. These tropes are easy to trip over, so avoiding them will help your credibility.
Wondering how to sell your screenplay? Learn the most common paths to production for a first-time screenwriter.
Blogger Tania Strauss of NY Book Editors discusses whether you should outline your novel before beginning to write.
You’ve probably heard the adage that you must begin your novel with action—even if it’s not the main action of the book. While this rule is fairly well-accepted in fiction teaching circles, not everyone agrees with it.
When we talk about plot as separate from the characters, the symbols, the locales, the dialogue, and the philosophical introspection, what we are doing is privileging events over everything else. But nothing exists in a vacuum.
A step-by-step guide to finding literary agents, plus how to select the right agent for you and your work.
My website (JaneFriedman.com) has been named a 101 Best Website for Writers by Writer’s Digest.
What is crowdfunded publishing? Learn about the two types of models now prevalent, plus the major services you can choose from.
It’s nearly spring, and that means conference season is about to go into full swing! Here’s a list of online & offline events I’m involved in.
A traditionally published children’s author discusses how she’s launched a successful indie publishing effort in less than two years.
Writers flounder trying to figure out how to make their idea compelling enough to sustain a great novel. Here’s how to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
This is an introductory guide to the major self-publishing options available to authors today, and how to choose the right service for you.
Most novels have some amount of back story—because they rarely start from the beginning of a character’s life. However, writers tend to misuse it or include too much.
Giving away your work isn’t a problem if you’ve developed a strategy around it, and know how to turn new readers into fans.