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First Manuscript is a resource for creative writers.

Novelist Dax MacGregor shares tips with examples for improving your writing, storytelling and getting published.

Start at the End

When my pantser ways led me to discard a month’s worth of writing, I experienced writer’s block. This is how I overcame it.

Pantser to Plotter

My brother wrote, “I’m a pantser. My guess is that you’re a plotter.” He was only partly right. Things aren’t always black or white.

Join a Critique Group

My brother recommended joining a critique group. It turned out to be the best writing tip I’ve ever received, not only did I finally receive quality feedback. I found friends who shared common goals.

Proper Manuscript Format

There isn’t one standard format for manuscripts. There are guidelines with some room for interpretation. Here’s what you need to know.

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