Novel Resolutions for 2014

ARTICLE BY DONALD MAASS VIA WRITER UNBOXED On Sunday it rained heavily. Driving to Connecticut to visit my family was like swimming underwater. Our tinny little Zip car hydroplaned slowly up Interstate 95. The windshield wipers swung frantically back and forth, overwhelmed by the tire spray from an army of semis. My grip on the…

41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers

ARTICLE BY SUSAN J. MORRIS VIA OMNIVORACIOUS.COM Body language can transform a fight scene from mere hack-and-slash into a riveting clash of bodies and souls. It can make an otherwise yawn-inducing argument so intense you forget to breathe. And it can take the wooden performance of a cardboard character and bring it to vibrant, messy,…

The Only Kind of Sentence You Should Use in Your Fiction

ARTICLE BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS VIA IO9.COM People will advise you to write all sorts of sentences. Snappy sentences, lyrical sentences, Hemingway-esque short sentences, long Faulknerian sentences. But there’s really only one kind of sentence that actually works: a sentence that carries the reader forward from the previous sentence. This is harder than it sounds. I don’t…

NaNoWriMo: 10 Survival Tips

It’s nearly that time again—the time of year where the air has bite, the nights are cold, and NaNoWriMo warriors far and near dust off their keyboards and prepare to stare at the unforgiving blink of the computer cursor with dogged determination. Some approach National Novel Writing Month with an air of celebration; this is…