A jerk main character and slow, run-on paragraphs drag this early sci-fi tale to a crawl.
A common fear among writers is that our characters will all sound the same.
Writing contests might look like a cheap way to get noticed—here's why that's fool's gold.
What you can glean from the things these stories did well—and a few things they didn't.
What’s this? Ariel has returned from the wilderness of freelance editing to grace our podcast yet again.
Ten tips and tricks for a word rep quick fix.
Five narrative tropes that your story would really do better without.
How to get your character's voice to really pop.
How lots of rambling and an uncertain focus turned this sci-fi opening into a slog.
The protagonist appeared in the doorway, dressed in a magnificent golden helm and with cerulean eyes shining fiercely.
How to know where your story should be narrated from—and what to know about the option you pick.
How to get fancy with mystery and metaphor—and when you're overdoing it.
Recently, I wrote about the lessons writers can learn from roleplaying games.
These potholes have tripped up many a draft—here's how to avoid them.
How to make your story's last impression strongest, in force and in quality.
The world-famous vampiric romance and its kinky fanfic cousin square off.
What your story can gain if you sit down for a chat with a GM.
This unorganized opening leaves readers dozing—except for the painful jolts of sexism.