How to ensure your every sentence packs just the punch it needs to.
Moby Dick on one end, 39 Clues on the other—the choice is yours.
Clunky dialogue and a lack of context bog down this spooky opening.
How to experiment with this oft-maligned but intriguing perspective.
You don't need a guided missile, just a red pen and a careful eye.
How to tell what's causing your writers block so that you can get past it.
Ariel joins Chris and Oren for a discussion about perspective and point of view.
Poor word choice and a comical villain hinder this fantastical story's opening.
The pros and cons of shorter stories—and how to tell what length is right for you.
A meandering, flair-over-substance approach spoils this Tolkienesque opening.
Try these tricks for spicing up your sentences.
How to make your protagonist's feeling pop out of the page.
How your characters' conversations can pump up the drama.
How to craft your conversations to sound realistic on the page.
How to keep your tags important while making them invisible.
Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss the difficulties that come with revising a story based on feedback.
What to leave in and out when writing a character's appearance.
How to start your short story-writing with a strong idea in mind.
How to spot the biggest potential pitfalls for your story.