Writing Craft

editing tips filter words

Filter Out Filter Words To Improve Your Writing

Here’s one quick tip to instantly tighten your sentences and improve your writing overall. For real. Get rid of filter...

Why Tropes Are the Building Blocks of Great Stories

I happened upon this article recently, 7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction And Fantasy Needs To Stop Using. It’s a list...

urban fantasy and how to write it

How to Write Urban Fantasy – 6 Magical Tips (and an exploration of the genre)

I’m not sure when it was that I fell in love with urban fantasy. I think it was before it...

editing a first draft

What to Do With Your Nanowrimo Novel (an 8 step approach to taming that mess)

It’s approaching mid-February and the heady thrill that was November and Nanowrimo seems like a hundred years ago now. Maybe...

detail in writing

How Much Description Do You Need in Your Writing?

How much detail do you put into your fiction writing? How much detail should you put into your writing? This...

popular references in fiction writing

How to Write Pop Culture References in Fiction (and How Not to…)

Is it OK to reference pop culture in your fiction writing? Can you let your characters talk about music or...

split viewpoint examples from Margaret Atwood

Writing With Split Viewpoints: Lessons from Margaret Atwood (and others)

Writing with multiple character viewpoints. Should we?  Shouldn’t we? Why? Why Not? If we decide to create a cast of...

how to use writing prompts the right way

Stop Wasting Your Time With Writing Prompts (and Start Using Them The Right Way)

Writing prompts. Those little snips of inspiration, be they characters, dialogue exchanges, setting or situations that are meant to spur...

Kishōtenketsu

Kishōtenketsu: The Four Act Narrative (or Plot Without Conflict)

Think about narrative structures… We’ve got Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. We’ve got Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Folk Tale We’ve...

fixing bad writing

10 Reasons Why your Writing Sucks and What You Can Do To Make It Not

“My writing sucks!” You’ve said it. I’ve said it. Most writers have said it, even the good ones. Sometimes this...

narrative structure

Studying Character and Narrative Structure: The Morphology of the Folktale

Some of the most common Western narrative structures are derived from traditional forms like folktales, fairy tales and myths. We’ve...