How to Get Out of the Slush PileDawn Raffel
Here’s a literary puzzle: Inboxes all over the world are filled to virtually bursting, yet editors and agents frequently lament (in private)...
Playing With StatusJudy Sternlight
As an independent developmental editor who specializes in fiction, I help writers to fine-tune their novels. Sometimes a central character needs...
How to Start Your NovelDavid Gordon
Of course there is no one way. When it comes to writing, my motto is “whatever gets me to the next page,” but page one is often the hardest
Dialogue or Conversation?Jason Starr
I learned a lot about crime fiction writing in an odd place—the theater. While I was completing my MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College, I...
The Hidden Power in Each PerspectiveKathleen Alcott
Perhaps because it’s the narrative mode that most resembles our interior as people, first person narration is the natural impulse of many developing writers
Tips for Writing DialogueTeddy Wayne
There are three forms dialogue can take: summary (They talked all class about dialogue), indirect speech (And did they enjoy the stories about dialogue?
When Logic Met FictionTracy O’Neill
Students of logic and rhetoric will be familiar with the syllogistic formula: major premise, minor premise, conclusion. All wax melts
How to Write a Sex SceneRebecca Schiff
But what if I’m not filthy enough? you think. What if Bruce Springsteen is busy? Most sex scenes are read and forgotten
What a Nude Drawing Class Taught Me About POV in FictionPatricia Park
“For years I took the old creative writing adage of ‘show, don’t tell’ to heart. I’d detail every trip my characters took...
Notes on DialogueTracy O’Neill
At a certain point in their careers, most fiction writers, in their critiques of dialogue, cease to complain, ‘But no one would really say that!