writing

  • 5 Tips on Writing Serial Fiction

    The opportunities to tell ongoing stories — serial fiction — have never been better. Here are five tips to help you when finally jump in.

  • 5 Reasons Your Dialogue Isn’t Authentic

    I’ve been known to turn down an audition once I’ve seen the script. It’s not the story, usually I only have the barest sense of what the story is about anyway because I usually just get  a side — selected pages I’ll read for the audition only. What kills it for me is the dialogue. […]

  • 5 Warning Signs Your Story is Off To a Bad Start

    The start of your story is just so important. Just ask any editor or agent how long it takes them to reach a “no” on your submission—if they’re being honest, they’re gonna say it takes them just a few paragraphs. If they’re getting through a few pages before that no comes, it’s because your writing […]

  • 100+ Deadwood Phrases To Cut From Your Writing

    This list is evolving. Have suggestions? Leave a comment and I’ll update as we go. Making these small changes in your copy—be it fiction or non (news writers are so guilty of so many of these)—will lead to clarity and brevity, hallmarks of excellent writers. It won’t be easy at first. We use these phrases […]