The protagonist appeared in the doorway, dressed in a magnificent golden helm and with cerulean eyes shining fiercely.
How to get fancy with mystery and metaphor—and when you're overdoing it.
How to sharpen up your word craft no matter what tale you're telling.
How to get your readers into your protagonist's shoes without bogging them down with details.
Ariel, Chris, and Oren describe the difference between showing elaborate spectacle and simply telling what happens.
A lack of context and a meandering focus run a good idea into the ground.
Clunky dialogue and a lack of context bog down this spooky opening.
You don't need a guided missile, just a red pen and a careful eye.
Poor word choice and a comical villain hinder this fantastical story's opening.
A meandering, flair-over-substance approach spoils this Tolkienesque opening.
How to make your protagonist's feeling pop out of the page.
What to leave in and out when writing a character's appearance.
How to pump up your story's sensory details with a full dramatic punch.
How far you should zoom your story in—and when you should zoom out.
If they have to reread your story for it to make sense, they're still rereading it, right?