Category: Advice / Suggestions

“Tips and Rules to Use in Writing Historical Fiction”
These are the lecture notes I used at Missouri State in W. D. Blackmon’s class and at the Creamery Arts Center. Have any of you written...
“Tips and Rules to Use in Writing Historical Fiction”
Book Festivals: Why Authors Should Spend the Money to Travel to Book Festivals”
Book festivals are a tradition I’m thinking a lot about lately. By the end of the year I will have taken Some Kinds of Love: Stories to...
Book Festivals: Why Authors Should Spend the Money to Travel to Book Festivals”
“Cutting Down”
If you write flash fiction with any regularity, you need to master the art of reduction. You’ve finished your story, which weighs in at...
“Cutting Down”
“Being Away from What You Write: What Does Distance Do to Fiction’s Sense of Place?”
In Dr. Brooks Blevins’s class in Ozarks Literature and History, the first question a student asked struck at the heart of what I am...
“Being Away from What You Write: What Does Distance Do to Fiction’s Sense of Place?”
“On the Value of Publishing with a University Press”
This week, November 11-17, is University Press Week, a seven-day celebration of what university presses are, what they do, and what great...
“On the Value of Publishing with a University Press”
“Playing on the Ladder with Micro-Fiction”
It was a precocious high school freshman who introduced me to the adorable boxed set of flash fiction published by McSweeney’s, One...
“Playing on the Ladder with Micro-Fiction”
“Being a Reclusive Author in Today’s Publishing Industry”
Recently, I received the following comment from a writer: I have two questions regarding publishing and platform. I’m hoping you can...
“Being a Reclusive Author in Today’s Publishing Industry”
“Your No One is My Everyone: Some Thoughts on Publishing and the Sage Advice of Businessmen”
The first time I fully realized the value of what I do for a living, I was stricken with the stomach flu. Illness is the one excuse to stop...
“Your No One is My Everyone: Some Thoughts on Publishing and the Sage Advice of Businessmen”
Breaking into Freelance Independent Editing”
Recently, I received the following comment from a writer: Hi Victoria, I am a poet and the editor of a community journal of literature and...
Breaking into Freelance Independent Editing”
“Finding the Right Editor for You”
 Recently, I received the following question from a writer: Your remarks on Twitter seem to say that you love editing as much, if not...
“Finding the Right Editor for You”
“The Secret Uncertainties of a Writer”
You know something? The inner critic is mean. It loves to play on existing insecurities and drill into them as if debriding an open wound....
“The Secret Uncertainties of a Writer”
“Critiquing the Critique”
I’ve found the most difficult part of writing is in receiving meaningful critiques—hell, who am I fooling? My problem is in getting any...
“Critiquing the Critique”
Corner Post: The Window Between
When writing projects come to an end, step back and recharge.  Allow yourself to write short, incomplete things, the fragments that help...
Corner Post: The Window Between
“What’s Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch”
When my first novel was complete, I sent it to an academic press. (You could do that then.) The editor liked the book, but decided it would...
“What’s Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch”
“Where Do Ideas Come From?”
Someone posed that question on an online fiction writers forum. The thread went on for months. Responses included the following sources of...
“Where Do Ideas Come From?”
The Writer and Her Time
The Writer begins when she is young. She doesn’t want to waste time. Reading is wonderful but writing feels better. After she finishes...
The Writer and Her Time
“Giving your Setting a Little Character”
I read somewhere that you should treat the setting of your story like a character. Give it a strong identity, allow it to have mood swings,...
“Giving your Setting a Little Character”
A Writer’s Writer: Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking
Irish writer Colum McCann is best known for his National Book Award winning novel, Let the Great World Spin. Despite winning one of the...
A Writer’s Writer: Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking
Ask an Agent Series: Tracey Adams
Tracey Adams is the Co-Founder of Adams Literary. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked...
Ask an Agent Series: Tracey Adams
“Save Your Abandoned Art”
You are going to write a story so gripping that your readers will forget their problems and disappear inside your well-placed words. You...
“Save Your Abandoned Art”
“Stimulus and Response: Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty”
In fiction, stimulus and response work like a ping-pong game. They make you look at the line-by-line progression of a story. Stimulus is...
“Stimulus and Response: Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty”
“Time to Turn Your Flash to the Dark Side”
“Narrative,” writes Peter Abbott in The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative, “is present in every age, in every place, in every...
“Time to Turn Your Flash to the Dark Side”
“Use POV To Close That Distance in a Flash”
I never fully grasped point-of-view until I read David Jauss’s amazing essay “From Long Shots To X-Rays: Distance and Point of View in...
“Use POV To Close That Distance in a Flash”
“How to Craft Compelling Characters”
The source and exact nature of the curious phenomena we refer to as characters remains something of a mystery, but the craft of...
“How to Craft Compelling Characters”
“Want to Make Your Dialogue Sparkle?”
Have you ever finished writing a scene of dialogue, re-read it and wondered why it doesn’t sparkle? Below is an example of such a...
“Want to Make Your Dialogue Sparkle?”
Ask an Agent Series: Caryn Wiseman
Caryn Wiseman is a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Caryn what she...
Ask an Agent Series: Caryn Wiseman
The Craft of Writing ‘Great’ Short Fiction
Don’t be fooled – writing great short fiction is no easy feat. Although, this form of writing is relatively brief compared with the...
The Craft of Writing ‘Great’ Short Fiction
“Making Your Scenes Work Harder”
When I started my novel, Cradlesnatch, I estimated it would be around 50,000 words, which is normal for a YA novel. However it’s...
“Making Your Scenes Work Harder”
“How to Improve Your Odds of Sticking to Your Writing Resolutions”
On the evening news not long ago a fitness guru offered three tips to improve your chances of sticking to your fitness goals in the New...
“How to Improve Your Odds of Sticking to Your Writing Resolutions”
What’s the Big Deal about Leading a Writers’ Workshop?
Well, I’ll tell you. It probably teaches you as much as it does the other participants. Perhaps more. I led a workshop Saturday for my...
What’s the Big Deal about Leading a Writers’ Workshop?
“Could Your Dialogue Be Doing More?”
Humans communicate by talking each other, it’s something we do all the time to tell each other things. So when it comes to writing...
“Could Your Dialogue Be Doing More?”
“Make the Impossible Look Real”
In his book, Writing the Break Out Novel, Donald Maass states: “take that which is improbable and make it look...
“Make the Impossible Look Real”
A Review of The Art of Character
The Art of Character by David Corbett (Pengin, 2013)   Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In...
A Review of The Art of Character
“Cutting Your First Draft”
Yesterday I reached the end of my second draft of Cradlesnatch. Three weeks ago the first draft stood at 92,000 words. Today the word...
“Cutting Your First Draft”
“Why You Should Battle the Proofreading Ogre and How to Manage the War”
Proofreading is so much more than reviewing text for errors. It is a masochistic activity that follows close on the heels of the euphoria...
“Why You Should Battle the Proofreading Ogre and How to Manage the War”
“Pages in the Hands of an Angry Editor”
Thanks Nathan Sturgis for the title of this week’s blog, and thanks Jonathan Edwards for the sermon that inspired...
“Pages in the Hands of an Angry Editor”
“Why I Love Literary Citizenship”
Much is being written lately on the topic of literary citizenship. Since this was the topic of my Master’s final research paper,...
“Why I Love Literary Citizenship”
“Ten Habits of Effective Writing Critiquers”
Creative writing workshops can be a place where writers help colleagues shape their written work so that it effectively communicates the...
“Ten Habits of Effective Writing Critiquers”
“Use Writing as an Excuse to Travel to Beautiful Places (and other Confessions of a Conference Monster)”
Up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the mornings were cold and the internet worked only after the sun came out and re-charged the cells...
“Use Writing as an Excuse to Travel to Beautiful Places (and other Confessions of a Conference Monster)”
“Writing a Fight Scene”
It’s been a long journey, but I’ve finally reached the last section of my novel, Cradlesnatch, and what I need to do now is...
“Writing a Fight Scene”
“Teaching Editing–A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way”
I’ve still got my editing cap on this week. After my tiny proofreading tantrum a couple of weeks ago and completing those two jobs for...
“Teaching Editing–A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way”
Corner Post: “Get a Rhythm”
First thing in the morning read something—a poem, half a story, an essay, a thesaurus entry.  Just get your mind immersed in words....
Corner Post: “Get a Rhythm”
“The Writer’s Brain on Data”
There is always another email to answer, another link to share, another picture to upload, another article to read, and always another...
“The Writer’s Brain on Data”
Ask an Editor Series: Hypertrophic Press
Lynsey Morandin is the Editor of Hypertrophic Press. Originally from Canada, Lynsey holds a degree and post-graduate certificate in book...
Ask an Editor Series: Hypertrophic Press
“6 Quick Proofreading Tips”
What a busy week! We had National Grammar Day on March 4, and today, March 8, is National Proofreading Day. For someone like...
“6 Quick Proofreading Tips”
Corner Post: “Getting Through the Dark Hours”
The thing about novel writing is that the old cliché about rolling with the punches is absolutely true.  Flash fiction and short stories...
Corner Post: “Getting Through the Dark Hours”
“How To Show Your Character On The Page”
When my first novel, Fury, went out to publishers it received several rejections giving similar feedback. They couldn’t connect...
“How To Show Your Character On The Page”
“Looking at the Big Picture – Are Your Character Motivations Working?”
Sometimes when you’re editing, you can find yourself spending so much time focusing on the line by line detail that you lose track of...
“Looking at the Big Picture – Are Your Character Motivations Working?”
A Review of 6 Books on the Craft of Fiction
Here’s the skinny on six of the “how-to” books for fiction writers in my bookcase – three on fiction generally and...
A Review of 6 Books on the Craft of Fiction
Becoming a Freelance Independent Editor: For Young Writers”
I was contacted by a high school student interested in becoming a freelance independent editor. She sent me a list of interview questions...
Becoming a Freelance Independent Editor: For Young Writers”
Ask an Editor Series: Tara Masih
For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Tara about The Best Small Fictions 2015, her advice for aspiring editors, as well as...
Ask an Editor Series: Tara Masih
A Review of Two Books on Revision Techniques
My bookcase holds two books that deal with revising and editing fiction: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and...
A Review of Two Books on Revision Techniques
“The Art of the Book Review”
I just got off the phone with my friend, L. Marie, who recently created a blog, “Thoughts about writing and life.”...
“The Art of the Book Review”
Ask an Agent Series: Felicia Eth
Felicia Eth is a literary agent at Felicia Eth Literary Representation. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Felicia...
Ask an Agent Series: Felicia Eth
“Seven Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference”
If you have never been to a writers’ conference, you are missing great opportunities.  You don’t need to be a writer to...
“Seven Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference”
An Interview with Alan Rinzler
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Alan Rinzler, who has had a long and successful career as an acquisitions editor and executive...
An Interview with Alan Rinzler
“Creating Memorable Characters”
Before you begin your new story, take a little time to create fresh new characters that are your own. Using someone else's...
“Creating Memorable Characters”
What’s the Big Deal about Your Inner Critic?
Well, I’ll tell you: she’s taking up space in your head that could be put to better use. And thanks to Robert Dugoni, I learned to tell...
What’s the Big Deal about Your Inner Critic?
Ask an Agent Series: Reiko Davis
Reiko Davis is a literary agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Reiko...
Ask an Agent Series: Reiko Davis
“Pick Up a Baton and Orchestrate Your Characters!
Are your characters earning their place in your fiction? When they appear on the page do they make your story move? If you said...
“Pick Up a Baton and Orchestrate Your Characters!
“Is It Possible to Teach Editing?”
I’m working on my syllabi for my fall classes. It’s always an interesting challenge. I like to use a white board–I can erase easily!...
“Is It Possible to Teach Editing?”
Eight Reasons to Consider Pursuing an MFA
  Okay, in advance, I confess. I have an MFA. You may detect a bit of bias in favour of MFAs in what follows.  So be it. Here are...
Eight Reasons to Consider Pursuing an MFA
Corner Post: “The Intangibles”
  In my last essay, I talked about the practical side to creating a writing life—balancing money, time, and place. This month I want...
Corner Post: “The Intangibles”
Write Now: “Extending and Advancing”
Once again, Improvisational Theatre waves its hand from the back row – “Miss, miss!” “Yes Impro, do you have...
Write Now: “Extending and Advancing”
What’s the Big Deal about Public Readings of Your Writing?
Well, I’ll tell you: dry mouth, sweaty armpits, and the urge to call for your Mom. And the reason, of course, is that you are taking the...
What’s the Big Deal about Public Readings of Your Writing?
Ask an Agent Series: Deborah Schneider
Deborah Schneider is a partner at Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents Inc. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked...
Ask an Agent Series: Deborah Schneider
Ask an Agent Series: Claire Anderson-Wheeler
Claire Anderson-Wheeler is a literary agent at Regal Literary. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Claire what she...
Ask an Agent Series: Claire Anderson-Wheeler
“The Hard Work of Writing”
  “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I’ve been guilty of saying just that to...
“The Hard Work of Writing”
Ask an Editor Series: Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith is the Fiction Editor at Cincinnati Review. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Michael what he...
Ask an Editor Series: Michael Griffith
“What Is Your Daily Word Count?”
Many fiction writing experts advise writers to set a daily writing goal, usually 1,000 words per day. There are several benefits for...
“What Is Your Daily Word Count?”
Corner Post: “Gumption”
For me a writing life has always been determined by three things—money, time, and place.  And never have I had an abundance of all...
Corner Post: “Gumption”
Ask an Agent Series: Jill Kramer
Jill Kramer is a literary agent at Waterside Productions, Inc. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Jill what she...
Ask an Agent Series: Jill Kramer
“Lessons for the Genres”
As I examined my AWP conference loot, I pulled out a book called Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief by David Starkey. A gentleman at...
“Lessons for the Genres”
“Don’t Tell Me What to Think or How to Feel: Avoiding Didacticism”
In my last article, I touched upon the importance of subtlety of theme in effective writing. This can also be understood as the avoidance...
“Don’t Tell Me What to Think or How to Feel: Avoiding Didacticism”
“Finding Your Voice”
One of the most difficult, but essential, questions for beginning writers is this: how do I find my voice? Giving guidance about finding...
“Finding Your Voice”
“Fear as Fuel for Creativity”
“The writers we tend to universally admire, like Beckett, or Kafka, or TS Eliot, are not very prolific.” —John Updike Despite the...
“Fear as Fuel for Creativity”
Write Now: “Playful Collaboration”
I was intrigued by a tweet from Margaret Attwood: “Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman: It might seem rather unexpected, but there’s a...
Write Now: “Playful Collaboration”
The Writing Room: Why Go Back?
Rejection and the accompanying crushing disappointment is something writers likely face daily and shrug off without much reflection. It’s...
The Writing Room: Why Go Back?
Write Now: “Dear Diary”
For my current YA novel, Still Water, I’m using a “diary” structure. This has its pros and cons. Some pros: The...
Write Now: “Dear Diary”
Ask an Agent Series: Jennifer Flannery
Jennifer Flannery is the founder of Flannery Literary. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Jennifer what...
Ask an Agent Series: Jennifer Flannery
Corner Post: “Dirty Your Hands”
Tapping on a computer keyboard always reminds me of when I played the piano as a kid. Back then the tapping made music. Now, words. Both...
Corner Post: “Dirty Your Hands”
Write Now: “The Art of Rewriting”
Often when we talk about the “rewriting” stage of a manuscript, we’re really talking about editing and polishing. We take...
Write Now: “The Art of Rewriting”
“What Makes a Main Character?”
Readers remember compelling main characters. Who could forget Harry Potter? Scarlett O’Hara? Don Vito Corleone? Dorothy Gale? What is...
“What Makes a Main Character?”
A “Real Job”: The Legitimacy of Creative Writing
Over the course of my creative writing MFA, the topic of the work-writing balance has come up more than a few times. Some of my colleagues...
A “Real Job”: The Legitimacy of Creative Writing
“Conflicting Advice”
For most of my life, I’ve considered writing to be a solitary activity. When I began studying creative writing at university, I...
“Conflicting Advice”
“Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”
A writer is accustomed to solitude. Writing requires a certain amount of isolation in order for words to become stories, poems and essays....
“Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”
“Processing Feedback”
Here is what most writers forget. You are the boss of your own story. Not the other writers in your critique group. Not the famous author...
“Processing Feedback”
Corner Post: “When the Work Calls You To It”
A friend of mine told me this once. He is an artist and I was asking him about time, about finding, making time for art with everything...
Corner Post: “When the Work Calls You To It”
“The Reviews are In — And They Are Crafty”
A few weeks ago, I participated in a “boot camp” offered by Writer’s Digest, “Agent One-on-One: How to Craft Query Letters &...
“The Reviews are In — And They Are Crafty”
“Giving Your Tale a Twist”
In many ways, twist endings are the lifeblood of flash fiction, the sudden reversals that change everything. Flash fictions like this are...
“Giving Your Tale a Twist”
“The Digital Narrative”
Narrative nonfiction is tricky, full of emotional nuance and blatant subjectivity. Also, thanks to technology, we all write it all the...
“The Digital Narrative”
“Don’t Write Off the Comments of Workshop Readers—Even If They Are All Idiots”
In her article “Workshopping,” Stephanie Vanderlice sums up the phenomenon of the writing workshop in a four-word sentence: “Writer,...
“Don’t Write Off the Comments of Workshop Readers—Even If They Are All Idiots”
“Are You Ready to Write?”
You’ve decided to write your first novel. Congratulations. You can’t wait to sit down and write. You’ve come up with a...
“Are You Ready to Write?”
“Avoid the Bog: Save Revision for Later”
I spent this past weekend being an academic. While I’ve presented at plenty of writers conferences, this past weekend I gave a paper...
“Avoid the Bog: Save Revision for Later”
The Challenge Beyond Craft: Slot-Filling (Part II)
In Part I, I discussed the challenge of content, of filling each “slot” with something, and the overwhelming uncertainty associated...
The Challenge Beyond Craft: Slot-Filling (Part II)
“Instant Gratification: Sharing Your Creative Work”
Whenever I successfully complete a story, poem or creative work, my first impulse is that of a high school gossip with a secret: share it....
“Instant Gratification: Sharing Your Creative Work”
The Challenge Beyond Craft: Slot-Filling (Part 1 of 2)
A few weeks ago, in “Give Readers Something To Love,” I discussed the realities of your flash fiction submission being one of hundreds...
The Challenge Beyond Craft: Slot-Filling (Part 1 of 2)
“Hook the Skimmers”
Congratulations! An editor loves your prose. You’ve sold your story. Feel wonderful. You should. After the euphoria collapses, you...
“Hook the Skimmers”
“The Overly Sensitive Writer”
Anne Lamott recently wrote an article titled “Me, the overly sensitive child,” adapted from her book, Stitches: A Handbook on...
“The Overly Sensitive Writer”
“The Arc of the Story”
Read any popular novel and you are likely to find similarities in story structure. The classic story arc adheres to this structure:...
“The Arc of the Story”
Ask an Editor Series: Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan is the Editor-in-Chief of decomP magazine. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Jason what he typically...
Ask an Editor Series: Jason Jordan
Corner Post: Start a New Year Writing Cycle
In December I jot down what writing got done and what didn’t over the past 12 months.  Then I work on the house my wife and I...
Corner Post: Start a New Year Writing Cycle
“Giving Readers Something To Love”
If a flash has been workshopped, it has become accustomed to unique attention—that of a handful of writers giving it their...
“Giving Readers Something To Love”
Ask an Agent Series: Kimberley Cameron
Kimberley Cameron is the President at Kimberley Cameron & Associates, For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we...
Ask an Agent Series: Kimberley Cameron
“Location, Location, Location”
You're reading through the first draft of your story. You have an interesting protagonist, an engaging plot, and a terrific opening to...
“Location, Location, Location”
“Igniting Your Writing Core”
Sometimes our writing creativity can blaze up like a bonfire and other times it can sputter like a weak campfire. It may wane, flicker at...
“Igniting Your Writing Core”
Ask an Editor Series: Jim Hicks & Emily Wojcik
Jim Hicks is the Executive Editor of the Massachusetts Review, and director of the Graduate Program  in Comparative Literature at the...
Ask an Editor Series: Jim Hicks & Emily Wojcik
“How to Mine your Childhood for Story Gems and More”
If you were to write a recipe that, when fully cooked, would produce a complex result called you, what would the ingredients be? A while...
“How to Mine your Childhood for Story Gems and More”
Corner Post: “Questions of Risk”
Main characters need a stake in their story.  The answer rarely comes in the first drafts for me, but at some point, I halfway figure...
Corner Post: “Questions of Risk”
Ask an Agent Series: Laura Biagi
Laura Biagi joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively building her own client list, seeking adult...
Ask an Agent Series: Laura Biagi
“Why Write Fiction?”
Passion is the reason I write fiction. Why else would I do it? It’s one of the loneliest jobs in the world. The payoff is not...
“Why Write Fiction?”
The Process of Publishing: An Exercise
When I teach my editing class, I always like to begin early with an exercise. The entire class becomes a publishing company, and we...
The Process of Publishing: An Exercise
“Write It Out”
Clichés can be accurate portrayals of certain situations. The phrase “[S/he] threw me under the bus,” for instance, invites the image...
“Write It Out”
“As Far As You Can Go”
Hopefully you’ve all read Lesley Glaister’s, As Far As You Can Go. I chose this as I’m going off on my own Australian adventure...
“As Far As You Can Go”
“TV Watching Does Not Waste Writers’ Time”
As writers, we probably won't feel guilty about watching primetime television shows if we've written eight straight hours and...
“TV Watching Does Not Waste Writers’ Time”
A Short Course in Short-Short Fiction
Short-shorts seem so simple. Also known by such names as sudden, flash or micro fiction, short-shorts are tight little tales packed into 1,...
A Short Course in Short-Short Fiction
Write Now: “Proofreading”
Proof-reading, say all the self-help books, is vital. A manuscript riddled with typos and grammatical errors conveys a lack of respect for...
Write Now: “Proofreading”
“7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction”
What is Flash Fiction? Flash forward to flash fiction, a form of fiction writing which is increasing in popularity day by day. Flash...
“7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction”
“Components of a Good Opening Scene”
In The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile, writer and former literary agent Noah Lukeman...
“Components of a Good Opening Scene”
Write Now: “Ideas”
In Neil Gaiman’s Sandman #17 ‘Calliope’, Morpheus punishes a writer by overwhelming him with ideas for stories. ‘They’re coming...
Write Now: “Ideas”
Ask an Agent Series: Jennifer Unter
Jennifer Unter founded The Unter Agency, LLC in 2008.For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Jennifer what she...
Ask an Agent Series: Jennifer Unter
“See Me”
Transparency is not art, but it is increasingly a part of life. There is no longer much of a choice when it comes to exposure. Writers,...
“See Me”
“Three Decisions to Make about Viewpoint in Fiction”
You have a fabulous idea for a short story, perhaps a novel. You have a rough outline — or not, but you know how the story is going...
“Three Decisions to Make about Viewpoint in Fiction”
“Learning How: Courses, Workshops and Tutors”
"Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues — which takes...
“Learning How: Courses, Workshops and Tutors”
Ask an Agent Series: Joelle Delbourgo
Joelle Delbourgo is the President at Joelle Delbourgo Associates. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked...
Ask an Agent Series: Joelle Delbourgo
Corner Post: “Stop Time”
What is your writing plan?  When I ask my students this question, some have the next ten years mapped out.  Some tell me plans...
Corner Post: “Stop Time”
Ask an Agent Series: Madeleine Clark
Madeleine Clark is an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Madeleine...
Ask an Agent Series: Madeleine Clark
Ask an Editor Series: Jason Cook
Jason Cook is the Founding Editor of Fiddleblack. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Jason what he typically looks...
Ask an Editor Series: Jason Cook
Write Now: “Realistic Dialogue”
I recently read a draft of a colleague’s story. I was thoroughly enjoying the tension, the mystery, the literary craft of the tale...
Write Now: “Realistic Dialogue”
“Creating a Masterpiece”
In the days when many professions were controlled by guilds, your masterpiece was not your best or most celebrated work.  It was your...
“Creating a Masterpiece”
Ask an Agent Series: Elizabeth Kaplan
Elizabeth Kaplan owns and runs The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency in New York. For the first installment of our Ask an Agent Series,...
Ask an Agent Series: Elizabeth Kaplan
Corner Post: “Develop a Second Sight”
When I was growing up, working on fences with my father and my brother, the corner post was the most important. It determined how tight our...
Corner Post: “Develop a Second Sight”
Ask an Editor Series: Grant Faulkner/Lynn Mundell
Grant Faulkner & Lynn Mundell are co-editors @ 100 Word Story. For the first installment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Lynn...
Ask an Editor Series: Grant Faulkner/Lynn Mundell
“The End”
… You don’t miraculously arrive at the ending. You have to have a sense of drama. And you discover the ending in the writing, or...
“The End”
“Budgeting Complication”
Google complication in literature and you will get a ton of results about just that: conversations about manipulating that part...
“Budgeting Complication”
“Who Matters”
I remember a rule from an undergraduate fiction workshop. Looking at my transcript, I must have learned it from Bret Lott. I worked with...
“Who Matters”
“Sweet Refrain”
I heard it twice this summer in Sewanee. The first time, it came from my fellow workshopper's flash fiction piece. The second time, it...
“Sweet Refrain”