The Craft of Writing

By ARHuelsenbeck | Some of the best articles about improving your craft. Writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, blogging, et al.

Quick, Down & Dirty Edits

by Lisa Carter, @LisaCarter27<p>So here’s the thing—<p>You’ve written this article/blog post/novel. And like writing mentors recommend, you allowed your …

Writing

How to write articles fast (that people actually want to read)

<i>“Work harder,”</i> they say.<p><i>“Make more content and 10X your life,”</i> they cry.<p><i>“But this stuff needs to be good, and I can’t keep up,”</i> you counter,</i> …

Emotions

Do you have the traits of these astonishingly successful authors?

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Wonder Woman

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Some of you <i>may</i> have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to …

Authors

USING CARS & CLOTHES TO WRITE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION by Sandra Tilley

Tweet“Show, don’t tell” are words imprinted on every struggling writer’s brain, but it’s not always clear how to do that. When I first read Sandra …

Clothing

How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life

I wrote at least a thousand words a day every day from the age of twelve on. — Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of WritingWhen I interviewed Julien …

Glenn Beck

Yes, You Have To: 6 Legitimate Reasons to Create a Book Outline

Writing a book is beyond hard. Those of us in the thick of the book writing process know that. Which means if there’s something that can make the …

Writing

Let Your Characters Speak: 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue

As an editor, I often come across books that tell a compelling story but are marred through unconvincing or monotonous dialogue.<p>Dialogue can be a …

Writing Books on my Bookshelf, Part I

<i>20 Master Plots and How to Build Them,</i> by Ronald B. Tobias. One of many books I ordered through the old <i>Writer’s Digest</i> book club.<p><i>The Art of Work</i> by …

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long …

Popular Fiction

Writing Op-Eds

According to an old Chinese curse, we are living in “interesting times,” which means many of us have the sudden urge to express ourselves about the …

Describing characters: How to describe faces imaginatively

Describing characters imaginatively is an essential skill when writing fiction. It helps readers to invest in your characters’ storylines and …

Writing

Guest Post: Be Your Character’s Therapist by Victoria Griffin

I started thinking, <i>Our characters don’t say what they mean</i> to each other<i>, but they should say it to us.</i><p>I’m playing with two different aspects of …

How to Rewrite, Revise, and Edit Your Novel, Part III

This is the third of a three-part series of articles. Part I is here; and Part II is here.<p><b>ROUND FOUR</b><p><b>Review your story’s time line.</b> Could all the …

How to Rewrite, Revise, and Edit Your Novel, Part II

This is the second of a three-part series of articles. Part I is here.<p><b>ROUND TWO</b><p><b>Identify each of your subplots.</b> Do they all have a complete arc …

How to Rewrite, Revise, and Edit Your Novel–Part I

First drafts are ugly.<p>They’re supposed to be ugly. The function of the first draft is just to get the words down. Much of the first draft will not …

Write Like Jazz

Author: Bob Hostetler Years ago, I was helping a friend brainstorm and outline a book, and at some point in the course of our conversation about …

Jazz

How to Make A Grand Opening

<b>Tina Ann Forkner</b><p>There is a lot of buzz around town about a new business that recently opened in my community. From what I hear, it’s already booming …

Writing

8 Tips on how to develop your writing voice

Josh Spector made a good point in his blog post when he said that you cannot possibly find your voice because it is not something that you <b>find</b> but …

Writing

Fixing the Broken Novel by Annette M. Irby

books on a shelf*<br>Your hostesses here at Seriously are grateful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of freedom this Memorial Day. We …

Nurturing the Write Mind

Something Keith Cronin mentioned in a comment a few months back struck me as incredibly insightful, and that impression has only deepened in the …

Mind

Not Getting Lit Mag Acceptance Letters? Here’s What To Do Next

If you’re like many writers who submit work for publication in literary journals, you’ve probably received plenty of “no thank-yous.” You may begin …

The 5-Draft Method To Writing A Best-Selling Book

Not long ago, a friend asked me to read his book. He’d written a rough draft and wasn’t sure what to do after that. After reading it, I explained how …

Guest Post: Preparing Your Synopsis: Questions – Format – Checklist…by Kathy Temean

A big ARHtistic License thank you to Kathy Temean for this well-thought-out process for writing a synopsis.<p><i>This illustration was created by Katherine</i> …

How to Write a Killer First Sentence

You’ve probably heard that the first sentence of your book is the most important sentence. Your first sentence can persuade an agent or a publisher …