The Scribophile Writing Blog
by Nina Munteanu • 18 comments
A great opening is a seductive tease, deliciously delivered; it promises an exotic ride that only you can fulfill.
Constructing a compelling beginning—often called a hook—is a common challenge for even established writers, and one of the most important parts of a story. The opening of a story should sweep the read...
by Dan Tricarico • 22 comments
You never forget your first time. . .publishing, of course!
Browsing the aisles of the public library one afternoon, I came upon a book called Writer’s Market. I was thirteen. When I realized what it was, the sky opened, thunder rumbled, and the angels sang...
by Laura Preble • 16 comments
When your characters talk, it's best to listen.
Have you ever been through a hedge maze? It’s one of those overgrown British-type things you see in Harry Potter movies, although the American brands don’t usually shift and reveal evil sorcerers. Whe...
by Justin C. Key • 2 comments
I just finished the first book from this horror vet. My thoughts.
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, and....John Saul? It's hard to admit that, as an avid horror fan and, even more importantly, horror writer, I hadn't read any John Saul. I must have hea...
by Nina Munteanu • 10 comments
Archetypes are found in nearly all forms of literature, with their motifs mostly rooted in folklore... and knowing them is a start to great writing.
The world of fairy tales and myth is peopled with recurring character types and relationships. Heroes on a quest, heralds and wise old men or women who provide them with “gifts” or motive, shady fello...
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