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…

Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror

ESSAY BY JACK KETCHUM VIA LITREACTOR I wrote a book a while back called The Girl Next Door which opened with the line, “You think you know about pain?” Personally I’m no expert so far–knock on wood–though as a kid I had my share of broken bones and various other less than delightful body-surprises over the years: a…

So, You Just Had Your Book Published

BY CHUCK WENDIG VIA TERRIBLEMINDS.COM So, you just had your book published. And you want to know what’s going to happen now. Here is — roughly, potentially, maybe — one scenario. For a variable amount of time, let’s call it a week, you’re going to be flying high. Hell, flying high doesn’t even cover it. You’re going to be…