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Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:26:03 +0000

 



What Is the Definition of Third Person...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A definition of the literary term third person omniscient point of view as defined for fiction writers.



Omniscient vs. Third Person Point of View

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A definition of the term third person point of view as it applies to the craft of fiction writing. Third person point of view may be limited or omniscient.



How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

What is the point of view of a story? As a writer, you must choose which point of view will allow you to develop your characters and grab readers.



Beginners Guide For How to Write Fiction

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Want to learn how to write better? If you have a willingness to work at it, you can learn to write anything, including fiction. Start by reviewing these basic components.



Best Tips for Writing Dialogue

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

These simple rules and pitfalls are good to keep in mind when writing dialogue that advances the action of the story and builds the characters.



Why Many Fiction Writers Still Don't Know How...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Nothing marks a novice fiction writer faster than improperly punctuated dialogue. Learn how to punctuate dialogue correctly with these rules and tips.



When Your Piece of Fiction's Narrator Doesn't...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

What is the third person limited point of view in fiction? Learn what a third person limited narrator can and can't do for your next work of fiction?



10 Questions for Creating Believable Fictional...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A great start to creating characters is by using character development questions to create complex, well-rounded characters for your fiction



Examples of Third-Person Narrative in Classic...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

If you're still a little confused about what third person writing looks like in prose, learn from these classic third person examples from fiction.



How to Rewrite Your Story in the Third Person

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

In a rut with the first person? This exercise will help you rewrite a story in the third person. Here are tips for how to write in third person.



What You Need to Know About Characters as a...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Round characters, flat characters, stock characters . . . learn about all the different kinds and what they mean for you as a writer and a reader.



Flat Characters in Fiction: Why Create Them?...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Few fiction writers attempt to develop every character in a story. So what is a flat character in fiction? Why would a writer create such a character?



Short Story Rules to (Mostly) Live By

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Are you having trouble writing a short story? Try implementing these rules! These pieces of advice will help you improve your skills in no time.



How to Submit Your Short Story to "The New...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, the magazine is one of the most venerated publishers of short fiction. Find out the best way to send New Yorker submissions.



The Beloved Role of Round Characters in Your...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Chances are good that the characters you've most loved in fiction are round characters. Learn how to recognize round characters in fiction.



Top 10 Rules for Mystery Writing

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

More than other genres, mystery genre writing tends to follow standard rules, making it both easier and harder for mystery writers. Here are some.



The Many Different Types of Fictional Characters

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How is micro-fiction like other fiction?

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Writing flash fiction: how to tell a short-short story



How to Get Your Short Stories Published

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Learn about publishing short stories in journals and magazines, from formatting your work to weathering rejection. It doesn't have to be daunting.



Have You Developed Your Characteristic...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Voice has two meanings in fiction: the author's own writing style and the characteristic speech of a first-person narrator. Discover the impact of voice.



Definition of Simultaneous Submission for...

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Enter these fiction contests now!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Info on fiction contests with upcoming deadlines including Writer's Digest, The Chautauqua Prize and Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Awards!



Metaphor Examples for Creative Writers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Metaphor examples are easy to find, both in literature and in everyday speech. These examples of both will help you make the most of this writing tool.



4 Reasons to Use the First Person Point of View...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The first person point of view is used in many classic novels. Learn about why, how, and when this literary technique is most effective in fiction.



What Is a Protagonist?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The protagonist is the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work, the character that the reader or audience empathizes with. The antagonist opposes the protagonist. In the most simple narratives, this boils down to bad guy vs. good guy: Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vadar.



How do I know if my novel idea is a good one?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

How do you know if your idea is novel worthy? Here are a few questions to help you develop your novel ideas.



Are You Sure Your Story Isn't Meant to Be a...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

How long are short stories? Should yours be a novel? These six signs will help you evaluate whether or not to expand your short story into a novel.



How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Literary...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Submitting creative writing for publication is not that different from applying for a job. Here how to format and write an author cover letter.



Definition of Print on Demand (POD) for Fiction...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Is Printing on Demand (POD) a good option for publishing your work?



Why the Second Person Point of View is Rarely...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Even gifted writers can have a hard time writing from the second person perspective. Learn why the second person point of view is rarely used in fiction.



6 Types of Figurative Language You Can Use in...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Metaphor and simile are the two most commonly used, but figurative language comes in many forms. Read about some of them here.



How to Pitch Your Novel to Agents and Publishers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Do you know what makes a good novel pitch? Here's how to craft and deliver a killer pitch of your novel that will have them begging to read it.



Submitting to a Literary Journal? Use These...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Not sure what to write for the short bio in your cover letter to a literary journal? These samples from published writers will get you started.



How to Recognize and Create an Unreliable...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Not all fictional narrators are trustworthy -- and that's a good thing! Learn about how writers use unreliable narrators in fiction writing.



Francine Prose Shows What Writers Learn through...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer instructs writers in the art of close reading, showing them how it can help them improve their own work.



There Is Such a Thing as Too Much Figurative...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Understanding the definition of figurative language is the first step to using it wisely. Learn why, how, and when figurative language should be used.



The Paris Review -- How to Submit to The Paris...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Founded in 1953 in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review has become a legend among literary people.



A Breakdown of Theme for Creative Writers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Theme is at the heart of all good fiction. But what is a theme in literature? Learn how themes can be presented through fiction and how to use them.



Tips For Writing Action Scenes

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Action scenes aren't just for espionage or fantasy novels: almost every story will have some sequences in which the characters are doing things.



Publishing Company Profiles

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

When you're ready to publish your novel, you'll want to start with the big publishing companies: Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, etc. Learn a little bit about each one before you start this process.



What Is a Dynamic Character?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A major character in a work of fiction who encounters conflict and is changed by it



THE JOURNAL, published by OSU, is looking for...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The Journal, published by the Ohio State University, publishes exciting, challenging writing, without giving the impression that writers are the core audience. If you care about language and can still deliver a well-crafted plot, consider The Journal for your work.



mystery novel

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A definition of the term mystery novel, the characteristics of mystery novels and the rules of the genre.



What Is the Definition of a 'Static Character'?

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How to Write (and Actually Finish) Your Novel

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

There are no hard and fast rules for getting from first draft to bookstore shelf, but these tips for writing a novel will help you find your way.



An Example of Action Writing

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

In action writing, the pacing of your writing is part of what conveys the action. What does this mean? Find out with this example.



A new - paying! - lit mag wants your genre-defy...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

New lit mag The Indianola Review wants to pay you for your genre-defying fiction!



What Makes a Person a Writer?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

What are the habits of a successful writer?



Where do writers get ideas for stories?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Where do great story ideas come from? Try these exercises and see how to get story ideas for your fiction writing including character sketches.



Top 10 Best Small Literary Magazines and Journals

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Looking to start submitting your fiction to literary magazines, but unsure of where to begin? These ten journals are prefect for beginning the process. All are well-respected, but also open to work by new authors.



22 Facts to Help You Understand Jane Austen

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Try this writing exercise to improve your...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Does your fiction tend to get bogged down in back story? This exercise will help you learn to create forward-moving fiction.



Tips to Keep in Mind While Developing Your...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Your writing style evolves naturally over time through reading and writing, but here is a list of things to keep in mind as you develop writing styles.



10 Ways to Discover New Ideas for Your Short...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The hardest part about writing is finding original ideas. These exercises and short story prompts will give you a jumping-off point to get unstuck.



Upcoming Writing Awards!

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Awards for Fiction - Late-March 2015



Are You a Detective or Mystery Writer?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

What is a detective or mystery story? How are detective stories different from true crime and other genres?



What is genre fiction?

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What is genre writing? What is the difference between genre and literary genre?



Realistic Dialogue Writing Tips and Examples

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

How can you make your dialogue believable in your fiction? Here's a guide to devlopeing realistic dialogue for your characters.



Alliteration Examples

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Examples can help you make use of a literary technique in your own work. These examples of alliteration have been compiled to help you do just that.



Month by Month Deadlines for the Various Short...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Keep up with short story contest deadlines with these monthly calendars, and find information on fellowships and residencies.



10 Practical Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Most writers have trouble with writer's block at some point in their careers. Fortunately, there are many ways to start writing again.



How to Give Better Feedback to Your Peers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

How can we give constructive creative writing critiques to our peers?



Enter these writing contests now!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Mid-Late April Fiction Contests including deadlines and entry fees for SIXFOLD, DIAGRAM, GLIMMERTRAIN, REDIVIDER and others.



What is it that stops writers from actually...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Why the novel we have inside us sometimes stays there.



From Inspiration to Publication: Best Books for...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

What creative writing books should every writer have on his or her shelf? From the Artist's Way to Stephen King's On Writing, here are the best resources.



How to Find the Right Literary Agent for You

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Finding a literary agent can be one of the hardest steps in getting your book published. This how-to breaks the process into manageable tasks.



Places for Writers to Write!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Want to write in an office-like environment without renting an office? Try a writers' room!



What Is Style for Creative Writers?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Definition of the word. Fiction Writing.



What Is an Allusion?

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

An allusion definition for creative writers, students, and teachers from this guide to fiction writing.



point of view

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Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

While some writers have absorbed or were born with a sense of how to tell a story effectively, most study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how to successfully construct a narrative. Here's what to keep in mind.



chapbook

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Though a chapbook may not count as a



Using the Dictionary to Discover Writing Prompt

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The dictionary is a wealth of story ideas and writing prompts. This exercise will guide you through the process of unlocking this tool.



climax

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Definition of the literary term climax as it relates to a work of fiction.



Get Better at Writing By Knowing Your Theme

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

A different way of examining theme in fiction and how knowing yours can improve your writing. Learn about the central idea through the Home Alone theme.



epistolary novel

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Find the definition of the literary term



Funding Opportunities for Writers with Fall...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

When you're trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. Here you'll find the major funding opportunities available for writers in December. Page 3.



story

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

The definition of story, as a literary term, is the full sequence of events as we imagine them to have taken place, in their natural order and duration.



Erotic Fiction Defined (and Wanted): Publish...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Curious about erotic fiction? Find out more about the genre and where to get your erotica published!



Use Freewriting to Jump-Start Your Fiction!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Freewriting is one of the best tools for generating short story ideas. It is a simple writing exercise that can be done anywhere and requires a minimum of time. The only thing free writing does require, in fact, is a pen and paper. Even the willingness to let go is provided by the exercise.



How to Use Everyday Metaphors and Similes in...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Metaphors and similes are used in everyday speech, and they can be an important part of your fiction.



What Is Your Writing Genre? Here's How to Choose.

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Looking for the right genre for your fiction? Read this to guide to choosing novel genres for your book like a western or hard-boiled crime story.



Fiction Writing Vocabulary: Stock Character

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Stock characters draw from widely known cultural types for their characteristics and mannerisms, and are often used in parody. Every culture has its own set of stock characters.



Okey Panky, Cherry Tree, Firewords Quarterly,...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Four new literary magazines await great fiction. A number of new literary magazines pop up every year. Here are a few that look especially interesting!



All About The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Since 1992, The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron's guide to achieving a more creative life, has helped countless artists and writers to overcome creative block.



Upcoming contest deadlines! Enter now!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Info on four mid-August fiction contests including Indiana Review and the Brighthorse Book Prize.



Submit now for these writing awards!

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Send your fiction to these writing contests!



Creative Writing Prompts

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Need a starting point for your creative writing session? Try these 10 creative writing prompts.



Young adult author Eliot Schrefer on publishing...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

YA Author Eliot Schrefer on publishing, genre, and writing about animals.



Fiction Writer Bud Smith on finding inspiration...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Writer Bud Smith describes writing his newest novel on his lunch breaks, the values of Twitter, and finding art in the mundane.



Spaces for Urban Writers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Since the Writers Room opened in Manhattan in 1978 to provide urban writers with a place to write, a number of similar spaces have opened up around the U.S. and abroad. Though it doesn't guarantee the proverbial room of one's own, it does offer a cubicle and some community.



Questions to ask and thoughts to consider when...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

How to hire a professional to edit your manuscript



Open Submission Dates and Guideline info for...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Glimmer Train pays writers for their fiction! Here's how to submit your work!



How to Use Photographs as Writing Prompts

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Pictures, and especially photographs, carry with them implicit narratives, making them ideal writing prompts. Learn more about creative writing images.



McSweeney's -- How to Submit Stories to...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

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Definition of Sentimentality for Creative Writers

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Sentimentality comes up as an issue for nearly every writer at some point. In attempting to convey strong emotions, it's easy to go too far and make your reader feel manipulated instead of moved. How do writers learn to differentiate between sentiment and sentimentality?



Here's How to Create Your Own Metaphors

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Spending just a little time on metaphors and similes can make for better writing. These metaphor exercises are designed for poets and fiction writers.



How to write a "short bio" for an editor or...

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

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How to Use Metaphors Correctly

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

When used correctly, metaphors are effective writing tools, but metaphors can bomb when used incorrectly. Here's how to avoid cliche metaphors.



The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist

2016-08-23T11:26:03Z

Thomas McCormack, the former CEO of St. Martin's Press and author of The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist, shares publishing stories and advice for editors. Page 2.