Should I Use a Prologue for My Book?

Should I Use a Prologue for My Book?

The use of prologues is one of those discussion points -- along with "plot v. pants" and cliffhangers -- that can divide a roomful of writers in an instant. Fans of the technique will tell you that a well-written prologue is essential for certain types of books, while...

Why Are Cliffhangers Bad?

Why Are Cliffhangers Bad?

One of the most common frustrations expressed by fans of fiction in TV, movies, and books is the proliferation of the cliffhanger. When a story seems like it's building to a satisfactory ending and then just STOPS, the reader or viewer is first jolted out of his...

Daily Writing Prompt #7

Daily Writing Prompt #7

You call an 800 number for technical support for a new piece of electronic equipment that you bought, and an associate named George helps you out. That night, your sleep is disturbed by the feeling that someone is watching you. Startled, you sit up in bed and see a...

Know Your Purpose — Quick Writing Tip

Know Your Purpose — Quick Writing Tip

Have you ever gone to a meeting that had no agenda? Unless you’ve never been to any meeting, then the answer is almost surely, “Yes.” How productive was that meeting? How inspiring was it? “Not very” is likely being generous in answering these questions, right? The...

6 Quick Tips on Avoiding Writer’s Burnout

6 Quick Tips on Avoiding Writer’s Burnout

No matter how enthusiastic you are about your career, you can’t work all the time or your health and personal relationships suffer. That’s why we have weekends and hobbies. But what happens when your hobby starts to take over all your free time and causing you stress?...

Do You Need a Specific Education to Be a Writer?

Do You Need a Specific Education to Be a Writer?

There are no specific educational requirements for becoming a professional writer. The rules of grammar and punctuation that you learned in high school will give you the basic skills you need to start honing your craft. However, particular types of writing jobs at...

Daily Writing Prompt #6

Daily Writing Prompt #6

You wake up on Saturday morning to find you're alone in your bed. You get up and head downstairs where your wife and kids are already having breakfast. When they see you, they all start screaming and your wife calls the police. None of your family knows who you...