Welcome to First Manuscript!
This website is a resource for creative writers with tips and advice for improving your writing skills and mastering the art of storytelling.
Whether you’re working on your first manuscript or your tenth, hopefully you’ll find new ideas or fresh insights to help you take your work to new levels.
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.