The Writing Craft

How to Fix Passive Voice

How to Fix Passive Voice

March 7, 2017

Acquisition editors have eagle-eyes for both talent and for amateurs. They’re looking for stuff to buy and publish, and most are so overwhelmed with submissions, they’ve learned to quickly spot anything that allows them to set your piece aside. Sound cruel? They don’t want reject… [Continue reading below]

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Multiple main characters

3 Tips for Featuring Multiple Main Characters in Your Story

December 20, 2016

Writing a novel with multiple main characters  can seem insurmountable. Who’s on stage when, and what do you do with the others at the same time? When your top priority is crystal clarity for your reader, you must somehow weave different perspectives in a way… [Continue reading below]

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How to describe setting

How to Describe the Setting of a Story

December 6, 2016

One of the toughest nuts for any novelist to crack is where to start. How do I know? Well, two-thirds of my 192 published books are novels, so I’ve faced this dilemma nearly 130 times. Trust me, it doesn’t get easier. But there are common… [Continue reading below]

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11 best books on writing

The 12 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read

June 8, 2015

Regardless how many books I’ve written (nearly 200) and sold (over 70 million), I fear if I’m not learning, I’m stagnating. My late mother was a convincing example of one who never believed she had arrived. Mom was not only a piano teacher well into… [Continue reading below]

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Steven King Writing Tips

A Guest Blog from Stephen King—Yes, that Stephen King

May 11, 2015

Okay, let’s get a few things straight right from the top: This is going to be a very long post, but I’m not going to apologize for it because: 1—I need to brag about how I know Mr. King; 2—I promise it’ll be content-rich; 3—You’re… [Continue reading below]

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