Why you should kick this instinctual writing habit—and what you should replace it with.
A lack of context and a meandering focus run a good idea into the ground.
How to ensure your every sentence packs just the punch it needs to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to get your story elements firing on all cylinders.
When and how to use your story's imaginary vocab—and when English can work just fine.
How your story's stars can shine through their words.
If they have to reread your story for it to make sense, they're still rereading it, right?