Writing well in a foreign language is always a challenge. So is including foreign language dialogue or phrases that you characters might use in your novel. They both require some intense preparation to do it right. This article by Roz Morris highlights some of the steps to take to pull it off.
Often the best advice on writing comes from other authors. Here is an excellent interview that gleans more than one juicy bit of advice.
I saw this very clearly in a story I was editing this week. It was a weak story that just meandered around with no place to go.
Do you know the difference between your character’s goal in the overall story and within individual scenes? Don’t endanger your book by mixing the two up.
Brilliantly straightforward fixes for common mistakes.
Paragraphs are just breaks in the text, right? Using them is about as intuitive as it gets, right? Maybe not. Learn to avoid eight nasty paragraph mistakes.
Why you shouldn’t beat yourself up for making these types of mistakes. It’s all part of being human.
The reason typos get through isn’t because we’re stupid or careless, it’s because what we’re doing is actually very smart.
Learn these techniques from a very experienced and successful writer.
So you want to get your book published? If you want people to actually read what you’ve written, you must master the art of ferocious self-editing. These days, anyone can get anything printed. It doesn’t even have to be good. If you have the money—and often not much—many companies will prin
Some excellent advice on secondary characters.
Working on a book with this POV now and thought this would be interesting to share.
Some handy and encouraging tips for both authors and editors alike from Jack Lyon of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Here is some excellent advice that you would normally have to go to a writers conference to get.
The first novel is definitely the hardest! You think you have internalized how a story works as a reader and then you discover there is so much to learn. In