The fact that we have no idea how much blood the average human has or how much we can lose and still function or even what the process of losing blood looks like has allowed for some pretty insane fiction both written and on the screen.
Make a conscious choice about the books you read.
POV is often touted as the vehicle through which your story is told. Is your character narrating? Is there a third-party narrator who’s monitoring one character’s thoughts/reactions? POV does this, but the way it does this means the difference between a report and a story.
You’ve heard of stretching the creative muscle—the hypothetical muscle that keeps you putting fresh ideas on the page. But what about the other more literal muscles involved in the creative process?
Editors are trained to look for repetitions and redundancies. And no, they are not the same thing. How to tell the difference, and when to use each in your writing.
Why you should write for anthologies, especially as a new author.
You've edited your book for the thousandth time. Here's why you need to read the whole thing from start to finish.
Authors have long hired professional editors to help whip manuscripts into shape. And now, authors are turning to professionals for the important beta reading step. Here are four reasons why.
Telling a story—delivering a narrative—is just as important in creative nonfiction, academic writing, marketing writing, business writing, and any other kind of technical writing, as it is in fiction.
Weapons can really amp up fight scenes, but make sure you're using them right in your story to keep readers turning pages.