Writing for Adults

A weekly look at ways to improve your craft and further your writing education while writing for adult genres such as romance, mystery, thriller, horror, and adventure. To have these articles, hot markets accepting submissions, and cool writer resources delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter HERE.

10 Things That Make Editors Cringe by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Getting the Most Out of a Writer's Conference by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Okay, I’ve Finished My Revision. Now What? by Rita Reali
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We All Have a Story About a Trip That Didn’t Go As Planned Submit yours … perhaps you’ll win! by Rita Reali
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Who’s Ready to Do Some Literary Gardening? Taking the Pruning Shears to Your Manuscript to Lose the Verbiage* by Rita Reali
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Revision: An Overwhelming Project "How Do I Even Know Where to Start?!" by Rita Reali
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Revision: Your First Step to Fantastic Writing Do you know where to start? by Rita Reali
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What You Should Consider Before Writing About Your Life Online Questions to ask yourself before you put your stories out there. by Chaunie Brusie
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How to Get Started as a Travel Writer Tips for turning the dream into a reality by Chaunie Brusie
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8 Tips for Sourcing Your Articles Strategies for good research by Chaunie Brusie
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How to Turn Your Experiences into Stories Making stories about your life engaging for readers by Chaunie Brusie
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Character Development A Few Final Thoughts by Rita Reali
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Everyone’s Got a Story to Tell. What’s Yours? by Rita Reali
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Writing a Character Who Has Cancer This is NOT what we mean by "Kill Your Darlings" by Rita Reali
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Character Development, Part Deux Creating a Well-rounded Character Just Got More Fun! by Rita Reali
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Three Keys to Believable Three-dimensional Characters Know their names, their motivations, and their fears by Rita Reali
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Anatomy of a Score Sheet What are judges looking for? by Jamie K. Schimdt
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Predatory Contests 5 Ways to Spot a Fake by Jamie K. Schimdt
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Why Entering a Contest Helps YOU An Interview with ICL Contest Judge Nancy Coffelt
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Tweet Your Way to Representation No, seriously. by Jamie K. Schimdt
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Want Professional Feedback on Your Writing? Enter a Contest. by Jamie K. Schimdt
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How to Take Your Own Writer’s Retreat by Chaunie Brusie As a writer who works from home with four young children, there is one fantasy that constantly makes its way into my mind—and it has...
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7 Ways to Connect More with People as a Writer by Chaunie Brusie As a writer, do you ever feel a little, well, disconnected from the world? Are there ever entire days that pass before you...
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Tips for Using Scrivener for Story Development by Chaunie Brusie Like many writers, I am aspiring to write the next great American novel. Well, actually, that might be a slight exaggeration. ...
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To Outline or Not to Outline: That is The Question by Chaunie Brusie There are two types of writers in this world: the kind who outline and the kind who don’t. OK, so that may be a slight...
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Can You Write Science Fiction That Will Survive My Scoff-o-Meter? by Rita Reali I won’t mince words here. I always hated sci-fi. There. I’ve said it. I realize those are gasps of disbelief...
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How do I go about writing a memoir? by Rita Reali As an editor, I often get asked, “What’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?” In framing my answer, I sometimes reply, ...
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(Brow)beaten Into Submission? Submit only when your work is ready, not when your family or friends think you should. by Rita Reali Sometimes, the most well-meaning folks can do the greatest...
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The First Step to Getting Published … Submissions by Rita Reali Writing is a noble proposition, in and of itself. Published writing is something else entirely. And paid published...
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Idea Starters—Lo-Jack and High Tech By Andrea King Collier We’ve talked about many ways to use idea starters. Most of the time they don’t need to be based on fancy systems with lots of features. ...
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Idea Starters: Map Your Ideas by Andrea Collier An offshoot of mining for stories is mapping ideas. For me, it started as a way to think about and control how much money I make on my stories. ...
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Idea Starters: Mining Your Stash by Andrea Collier If you are like me, writing can be a series of stops and starts. It is all a part of the process. I have a ton of ideas that may have been...
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Where to Find Great Ideas by Andrea Collier The Hunt for Good Ideas Last week, we talked about having a system in place to keep your ideas organized, now it’s time to dig deep into where...
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Organizing Your Ideas by Guest Blogger Andrea Collier As we start a new year, we also often face the big scary thing—a blank page of a new project. If you’re lucky, you already have an idea for...
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Five Steps to Reprinting Song Lyrics Without Getting Sued by Rita Reali Some years ago, an aspiring novelist told me his main character had a penchant for speaking in song lyrics. I found...
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A Self-Publishing Primer by Rita Reali You’ve done your outline, carefully completed extensive research, and fleshed out your protagonist, antagonist, and assorted minor characters. You’ve...
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Method to My Madness, Part 2 by Rita Reali Last week I touched on how I began writing fiction—and how my first two characters (Gary and Michaela) dropped in on me, unannounced, in freshman...
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The Method to My Madness—Sort Of  (Or How—and Why—I Do What I Do) by Rita Reali I often get asked about my process. How do you write your novels? Where do you begin? How do you keep going? And...
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Profile of a Successful Freelance Writer by Chaunie Brusie Today our guest blogger, Chaunie Brusie, is profiling successful freelance writer and mother of three, Mary Sauer. Mary has been...
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How to Break into Freelance Writing by Chaunie Brusie Not too long ago, I was burning with jealousy whenever I would come across a writer’s byline. “Why her?” I would think, “how did she...
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Creating a Writing Schedule That Works by Chaunie Brusie You sit down to your computer, the entire world literally at your fingertips, your hot cup of coffee next to you, determined to crank...
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How to write from home with kids By Chaunie Brusie I’m about to tell you something that may shock you, titillate you, maybe even horrify you, but it is my truth and I am willing to speak...
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Putting It All Together by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about voice, tone, and humor. We’ve also discussed viewpoint. But how do we make it all work seamlessly? And can you use the same tools...
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Whose Story is it Anyway… Viewpoint  by Andrea Collier When I start a story, I visualize myself in a room full of people. I pace the room. I look at the people and I try to guess the best...
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Interjecting Humor in Your Work by Andrea Collier Out of all the style tools we describe in this series on tone and voice, interjecting humor is probably the most difficult to pull off well. ...
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Finding the Right Tone for Your Story by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about “voice” now it is time to meet its twin sister, “tone.” If you are writing for publication, or for a specific...
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Training Your Writer’s Voice to Come Out to Play by Andrea Collier When I first started writing in earnest I would mimic the authors that I admired. I studied how they put words on the page. ...
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Why Wait? Six Ways to Gear Up for NaNoWriMo Now! by Rita Reali It’s coming! Are you ready? You’re probably asking, “What’s coming?” Why, National Novel Writing Month, of course. It rolls...
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Comma Long With Me and Celebrate Punctuation Day by Rita Reali It’s like they created a day just for folks like me, people who are (admittedly or not) obsessed with punctuation… proper...
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Two Celebrations That Go Hand in Hand: Authors Day and Stress Awareness Day by Rita Reali If you’re a writer, chances are you know a thing or three about stress. And that’s a good thing. No, ...
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September’s a Month for Literary Celebrations by Rita Reali This month we celebrate a hat trick of days of particular note: September 6th is Read A Book Day. September 7th is Buy A Book Day. ...
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Do All Novels Need To Be About Young People? by Jeff Vasishta A look at 7 recent successful novels where the main protagonists were Middle-Aged In writing courses you’ll hear professors...
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Pop culture - Why it's so important in fiction today and how to weave it into your writing (without dating your work) by Jeff Vasishta As a journalist I’m sent a lot of novels and choosing...
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by Jeff Vasishta Waiting for inspiration to strike could take a lifetime. Here are 7 ways to jumpstart your writing without having to wait around. Songwriters are known for using personal...
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by Jeff Vasishta A newspaper headline serves one purpose–to make you want to read the article beneath it. The opening sentence in a novel tries to do something similar. It should make you want to...
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