20 Warning Signs That Your Content Sucks by Jonathan Morrow 1. You think your content is “good enough” If you had to rate your content on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you give it? A 6? A 7? That’s what most bloggers say. But here’s the problem: you can’t really grade […]

Using twitter to mingle with your heroes

What New Grads Looking to Land a Gig Must Know By Allison Janney Published: June 29, 2010 Hey, new grads, looking for a job? If so, be sure to round out your resume-sending routine with some Twitter outreach. More than a micro-blogging outlet or hub for Justin Bieber groupies, it can help you reach potential […]

201-ways-to-arouse-your-creativity A guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering. Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. You fumble your way through, you get lost in it, […]

melissa broder If you told me five years ago that I’d have a book in the window at St. Mark’s Bookshop, I would have plotzed. I used to go to St. Mark’s and sit on the floor in the poetry section eating Jujyfruits, as if it was Grauman’s Chinese Theater. From big names like Ted Kooser […]

successful query sample

The 40th installment in this series is with agent Meredith Kaffel (Charlotte Sheedy Literary) and her author, Anastasia Hopcus, for her young adult paranormal novel, Shadow Hills, which came out July 13 from Egmont. School Library journal said this about the book: “Even characters with minimal roles are fleshed out via Hopcus’s rich use of […]

Five Rules of Exposition Exposition: Five Rules EXPOSITION: FIVE RULES One of the tricks is to have the exposition conveyed in a scene of conflict, so that a character is forced to sway things you want the audience to know. As, for example, if he is defending himself against somebody’s attack, his words or defense seem justified even […]

10 tips for great storytelling from a PowerPoint novelist 10 tips for great storytelling from a PowerPoint novelist Doug Kim 18 Aug 2010 9:00 AM Comments 1 People do astonishing things with PowerPoint, but author Jennifer Egan has brought PowerPoint into a whole new level: literature. She’s written a chapter of her latest novel, “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” (Knopf) entirely in […]

20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue

Paulo Campos at Yingle Yangle 20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue One of the biggest let-downs as a reader is weak dialogue in a story successful in every other way. I think, “people do not talk this way,” over and over. I read The Stand a few months ago. I enjoyed it so much […]

10 tips for naming characters

Name That Character: Top Ten Tips There are a plethora of movie character names that become everlasting brands in American culture: Rocky, Yoda, Forrest Gump, and Shrek to name a few. And when it comes to naming characters, you want to choose wisely, which is no easy task. Fiction Writing Chapter Two: Character Name Crisis! […]

Writer’s Vacation

Writer’s Vacation Posted by Shonna Slayton Published in Creativity I’m convinced that a writer takes a vacation quite differently than most people (photographers and other artists notwithstanding.) Planning: If at all possible, the writer will finagle an entire family vacation around the future setting of her next book. No matter if the book takes place […]