Editing and revising: 7 tips from top authors and editors

Editing and revising are often seen as the ‘slog’ part of writing. Yet there is imagination…

REVIEW: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and…

What the best fantasy series teach us: 7 lessons

The best fantasy series offer many lessons in building magical worlds and fantastical escapades. Read 7…

DUELING REVIEW: The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale, Part III

Trigger warnings: Spoiler: Show childhood sexual abuse, orientalism, rape, racism. Note: I asked Janine to join…

Write with purpose: 7 ways to keep drafts focused

As in memorable music where each note feels carefully considered, many great books have a strong…

Generating ideas for stories: 7 fun ways

When you’re stumped, generating ideas for stories may turn out to be surprisingly easy. Try these…

World building tips: Writing engaging settings

World building tips often focus on fantastical genres such as fantasy and sci-fi, because they involve…

What makes a plot intriguing? 6 ideas

What makes a plot keep you turning pages? Plot has many moving parts. Incidents and elaborations,…

Your writing process: 7 habits for success

The writing process is often spoken about in near-mystical terms. Sit in the right chair, at…

How do you start a chapter in a novel? 10 examples

How do you start a chapter in a novel to hook your reader and structure your…