Here is our list of articles we suggest everyone read–at least once. Some more experienced writers will recognize these strategies right away. Newer writers may have never heard of Deep POV or show versus tell. If you’ve thought of joining the Fiction Workshop, it might be advantageous to familiarize yourself with the concepts presented here. You will hear them from us, over and over, ad infinitum.

BEFORE YOU START WRITING

So…You Want to Write a Story — Rhonda Kay

The Importance of Story — Rhonda Kay

Show Versus Tell In Writing Fiction — K.M. Weiland

Visuals in Writing — Tiny Paleo Kitchen

5 Common Writing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur — Justin McLachlan

 

MECHANICS OF FICTION

Simple Tips to Polish Your Writing–How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Hone Your Skills — Michelle Sutton

The Writer (Series) — Smackit

Dialogue

That’s What She Said: The Use of Dialogue Tags — TinyPaleoKitchen

How To Format Dialogue — Dax MacGregor

On Dialogue Tags — Rob Hart

POV

The Eye of the Beholder: Different POVs in Writing — TinyPaleoKitchen

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Limited POV — TinyPaleoKitchen

How To Write In Deep POV — Kristen Kieffer

The Difference Between Omniscient POV and Headhopping

Openings

Hook, Line and Sinker–Story Openings (Part 1) — ThinkNZombie

Hook, Line and Sinker–Story Openings (Part 2) — ThinkNZombie

How Not To Start A Story — JA Konrath

Characters

Character Arcs — Rebecca Rasmussen

Forms

The Key to Writing Tight Flash Fiction — Rebecca Rasmussen

Flash Writing: An Introduction to the Short, Short Form — Jessica Kluthe

Thirteen Tips for Writing Flash Fiction — Denise Ganley

 

MECHANICS OF POETRY

Top Five Ways to Make Your Poems Fly — Damian Jay Clay

Poetry Editing 101 – Session One: Respecting the Process — Damian Jay Clay

Poetry Editing 101 – Session Two: Resolving Emotional Abstractions — Damian Jay Clay

 

GRAMMAR AND STYLE

Comma Rules from The Punctuation Guide (See other pages on this site for great info on other forms of punctuation)

Title Case Converter — A tool for checking capitalization style for titles

Numbers In Fiction — Beth Hill

Forget the Hot Glue Gun. Get the Scissors — TinyPaleoKitchen (Comma splices)

Adverbs: Do You Really Need Them — TinyPaleoKitchen

 

PUBLISHING AND MARKETING

Writing Tips – things I’ve learned on my writing journey about sales and marketing — Michelle Sutton

Images and Copyright Issues

Ethics in Publishing — The Writers’ Block