How to Write Natural Dialogue (with Examples)
Natural dialogue is essential to engaging readers. But writing dialog that sounds natural isn’t simple. So here are tips for learning to write good dialogue.
Bad Adverbs? Good Adverbs? How to Tell the Difference
Some claim all adverbs are bad adverbs. The truth is: some are. However, most times, it depends. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Using WAS and WERE Is Bad Writing Technique
I challenge you to use the James Wilber technique of stopping whenever you type the verbs ‘was’ or ‘were’ until you find a better way to communicate your idea.
Beta Reader Instructions
After you type those magic words (THE END) into your manuscript, you will want to have a few beta readers review it. Here are the instructions I give my beta readers.
Optimal Word Count for a Novel Manuscript
Whether you hope to get published the traditional way or plan to self-publish, the word count of your completed work is important. Here’s the scoop.
How to Overcome Writer’s Block – A Compendium of Solutions
I’ve compiled the best tips on overcoming writer’s block from all around the web. If your stuck, here are some great ideas to help you break through.
My Inside-Out Character Development Model
To develop realistic characters that engage readers, I use an inside-out character development model. Here is how it works.
Types of Foreshadowing (with Examples)
Foreshadowing is an essential ingredient in any good story. There are many ways authors foreshadow. Here are different types of foreshadowing with examples.
Is it All Right to Write Alright?
Is it all right for you to write alright? Here’s what you need to know to get it right.
How To Format Dialogue (includes examples)
New writers often struggle to properly format dialogue. The rules are strict and different than prose, but easily mastered. Here is what you need to know.
Choosing the Best Novel Writing Software
Novel writing software should speed the process of capturing your words, formatting your work for sharing and incorporating feedback. Here are my recommendations.
Novel Manuscript Format (with Examples)
Before sharing your novel, you need to get it into the proper manuscript format. Here is what you need to know.