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15 Science-Fiction And Fantasy Books For Fans Of N.K. Jemisin, Because You Can Only Re-Read 'The Fifth Season' So Many Times

If you love fantasy and science fiction books, you already love N.K. Jemisin, reigning queen of all things speculative. She made history as the first …

MASTER LIST of Physical Descriptions!

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to describe individual facial features, faces in general, bodies, and even hair. I’m hoping this …

Hair

How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

If you’re a fiction writer, you’re always looking for ways to improve your craft. There are so many aspects to focus on — what kind of detail to …

Writing

SEO - Freelance Writing Jobs | A Freelance Writing Community and Freelance Writing Jobs Resource

The path to success in an internet based industry requires an intimate knowledge of SEO. As a freelance writer, being familiar with SEO is an asset …

The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

10 Key Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Characters<p>Character Voice is as difficult to pin down as it is critical.<p>Plenty of writing advice …

Beyond Dialogue: Subtext Through Action, Description, and Silence

Films like <i>A Quiet Place</i> show ways to add subtext to your script beyond focusing on dialogue. Valerie Kalfrin examines how to express subtext through …

Creative writing: Three quick fixes to help students write better opening sentences

When students are working on a piece of creative writing, they will often waste far too long agonising over the perfect opening sentence.<p>This can be …

Infographic: Timeless tips to make you a better writer

Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight …

A Guide To Writing Fight Scenes

On social media, forums and Reddit of late I’ve seen quite a few people asking about writing fight scenes. So this week, with axes in hand, I thought …

6 Creative Ways to Strengthen Your Story Idea

Coming up with a story idea isn’t hard. Coming up with a story idea that hits it out of the park, fires on all cylinders, and has never been done …

Use a Placeholder in Your Writing to Keep From Getting Stuck

Sometimes the hardest part about writing isn’t finding ideas or knowing how to begin, it’s maintaining a flow so you actually finish what you …

LA Screenwriter LiveRead LA Partner to Announce Write/LA, A Premier International Screenwriting Competition

LA Screenwriter (la-screenwriter.com), a leading online resource for working and aspiring screenwriters, and LiveRead/LA (livereadla.com), a …

Freelance Writing Jobs Online: Leads & Legitimate Places to Find Work

With the growing necessity of small, medium, and large business to have a strong online presence, writing opportunities are on the rise. But as the …

Writing Tips: How to Craft Convincing Dialogue

As an English teacher, working with students to craft convincing dialogue is a key aspect of any creative writing unit. Dialogue should sound …

Dilemma: 4 Powerful Steps to Make Your Characters Choose

The Spring Writing Contest is coming soon!If you haven’t heard of them, the Write Practice’s seasonal writing contests are a great opportunity to get …

Creative Writing

Writing Tips: Using Figurative Language to Describe Setting

Bringing the setting to life in your reader’s mind is a vital element of writing. But how can we do this effectively?<p>We can use <b>sensory language</b> to …

The #1 Way To Give Your Characters A “Voice”

What’s really meant by the ubiquitous advice to “give each character a voice” when it comes to screenplay dialogue?<p>Here’s a good way to get to grips …

Writing Tips: How to Describe Setting using Touch

<i>Show, don’t tell.</i> That’s what every beginning writer is told. But how is this achieved? And what does it look like when it comes to <b>setting?</b><p>In terms …

How to Use Foreshadowing Like a Master Storyteller

Foreshadowing is a task writers have to approach with the same careful precision they use when threading a needle. It’s not always easy, but when …

Creative Writing

3 Simple Steps to Master the Rule of Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell is one of the classic adages about writing. But what does it really mean? Ross Brown explains how what the character does defines …

Screenwriting

First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.<p><b>How do writers craft</b> …

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.

Tweetstorm: Monica Beletsky on Writing a One-Hour TV Drama Script

“This is NOT a how-to. This is just what works for me.”<p>Twitter can be a gold mine for writers. Case in point, when pro writers generate a tweetstorm …

Screenwriting

First Draft: Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships Every Writer Should Target in 2018

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.What are the best …

Filmmaking

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing

<b>by Grant Faulkner</b>When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting …

Writing

Plot twist ideas: 7 examples and tips for twists

A good plot twist adds intrigue, suspense or surprise to a novel. Plot twists are particularly popular in suspense-heavy novels such as murder …

Books

4 Bland Character Problems and How to Fix Them

I’m working through a revision, and one of my main problems is the protagonist. My editor and a beta reader both suggested amping up her emotional …

Creative Writing

This 2 Minute Read Will Make You Write Better Forever

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” <br>― Maya Angelou<p>The following 4 tips took me 3 years of writing to collect, but …

Josh Henkin

I direct Brooklyn College's Fiction MFA, and recently Michael Cunningham spoke to our students about how to build a story out of a character. Who is …

10 Things About Screenwriting: Vol. 4

Some observations about the craft I’ve come up with over the years.<p>Voices in your mind may say, “Your story is no good. Writing is too hard. You …