Do a slow read of your writing. Have you chosen your words well? Is your mind jumping ahead because the text is perfected or because you could cut it and lose nothing? If you don't want to read those words, will anyone else?

Read more

Open a book you love to a random page and read one sentence. Can you hear the author's voice? Does it evoke an emotion? Does it draw you in? Now open your own work. How does it fare?

Read more

Writing enough prose to fill a book is one thing, but weaving it all together into a story with a strong arc, purpose, and impact is another entirely. Here are some lessons that might help you in your writing process — whether your own book is an “accident” or not.

Read more

Humans are highly visual creatures, and this holds true when we are reading. We don’t see the images in the book, we form them in our minds. Pack in brilliant imagery and your readers will enjoy and remember your book.

Read more

Visualizing how your words will present on the page as you write your book can make you aware of what you need to create the piece you're envisioning and devise strategies to get there.

Read more

Rhythm in writing is a bit harder to define than other elements of the writing craft, but the cadence of your story can go a long way toward pulling your readers in and making the experience enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you find your groove.

Read more

Words take on their full meaning in the context of sentences, paragraphs, and your entire story. It starts with the first line of your book, as each bit of information sets the stage for what follows.

Read more