First Manuscript is a resource for creative writers.
Novelist Dax MacGregor shares tips with examples for improving your writing, storytelling and getting published.
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.
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.
At one of my critique sessions, the leader said I had a “tin ear for dialogue.” Ouch. Here are steps I took to make my dialogue engaging.
William Strunk’s simple admonition, “Omit needless words,” had a profound impact on my journey to master the art of writing.
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.
There isn’t one standard format for manuscripts. There are guidelines with some room for interpretation. Here’s what you need to know.