Your Story’s Opening Line: Look for the Mystery

Your Story’s Opening Line: Look for the Mystery

I stopped reading “The Chain of Awesomeness” by Jeff Somers (Writer’s Digest July/August 2016). I brought up my first chapter to see if my opening line held the mystery Somers said was more important than shock or coolness (even though they’re good too).My opening...

3 Resources You Need to Write a Readable Novel

“Most people have no idea of the gigantic capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” —Anthony Robbins We could drown in all the resources available to improve the writing of our novels. But we can...

A Fun Way to Liven Up Your Scene’s Dialog

“Find the “hook” or the zinger in every sentence, and have characters react to that.”        —Susan May Warren You want your dialog to be real, meaningful, and hold your readers’ interest. Here’s what Susan May Warren calls her “super-secret Susie hint to writing...