July 5th, 2017

Using Memories of Summers Past for This Summer’s Writing

Who doesn’t have fond memories of childhood summers? Sure, you may remember that time you got a blistering sunburn, but I bet you had fun getting it. 

I’m coming down to the last edits for my debut book. And I’m digging deep to make my characters memorable. I’ve discovered myself thinking a lot about the […]

June 30th, 2017

The Not-So-Funny Truth about Writing Humor

Susan Donovan

Do you think I’m sexy?

        No, this is not Susan

Well? Do you? This is not some rhetorical Rod Stewart question. I’m totally serious.

Do you think I’m sexy?

Perhaps not. So let’s move on to the next question.

June 21st, 2017

5 Things The Family Roadtrip Taught Me About Editing

Many of my fellow writing parents tell me that the summer school break is a menace to their writing schedule. There’s no denying that it’s a challenge that takes juggling and creativity. I’ve already completed the first road trip of the summer, and here are the five benefits I’ve found (so far).

1. The importance […]

June 19th, 2017

The Art and Craft of Developing Characters

Aimie K. Runyan

As an author of historical fiction, my work must—almost by definition—begin with a concept. Am I going to write a gritty saga about the women who flew as combat pilots for Russia in the Second World War (I did and it was great fun)? Am I going to write a sweeping […]

June 16th, 2017

The Art of the Chapter

Greer Macallister

A few years ago, if you’d asked me about the building blocks of great novels, I would have yammered on endlessly about sentences. They can’t be too long or too short or all the same; they can’t be so complex or descriptive that they get in the way of the story; they […]