Write Better Dialogue

A big complaint I’ve seen in the reviews for a lot of books is that the dialogue seems unrealistic (for any number of reasons) and therefore takes away from the pleasure of reading the story. I remember having this same thought years ago when I actually had the time to consume mass market paperbacks by […]

Short Story Manuscript Format

Great visual aid for when you are preparing your story for submission to online magazines or agents. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html It probably translates to novel-length manuscripts as well, so I thought I would post this little gem I just stumbled across.

Hank Buckley Gets a Chapter

Meet Hank. In my horror novel, Hello Darkness, Hank is a mild-mannered, God-fearing hardware store owner in the small town of Falling Rock. Hank is not one of the book’s main characters and is only mentioned a few times (and seen once) before his moment in the spotlight. So why does he get even a […]