writing tips

  • What Writers Like You Wish They Knew, pt 2

    Last week I published the first part of this series — I’d asked a bunch of writers on my mailing list what they wish they knew before they started writing. I got a ton of fantastic responses, too many to include all of them, sadly — but I’ve picked 10 more to share with you. […]

  • What Writers Like You Wish They Knew, pt 1

    What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started writing? I posed that question to several thousand people on my mailing list recently and here are a few of the responses I’ve identified with the most. These are writers at all stages of their careers, from all kinds of backgrounds, ages, walks […]

  • Unleash Your Creativity by Limiting Yourself

    Recently I set out to write a new web series. But unlike most spec work that I do, this series is heading to production. That means it had some limitations, mostly the budget. It’s almost non-existent. That meant I was limited to very few characters (because characters translate to actors who translate into steep costs), […]

  • 5 Reasons You’re Still an Amateur Writer

    Amateur isn’t a bad word and being an amateur writer isn’t a bad thing. We all started there — technically it just means that you’re pursuing your work on an unpaid basis. Eventually, most of us, though, want to make the jump from amateur to pro. I think that can look like different things for different […]

  • You’re not Stephen King

    Yet. I think one day, you totally can be as great or even better. Here’s why I’m saying this to you right now. Someone stumbled on an article about common mistakes new writers make — mistakes that make it really easy for editors to toss you into the no pile — and she was incensed. I’ll […]

  • 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. […]