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By Rachel Sherman

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    • third person limited point of view Created: Thursday, November 10, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A definition of the literary term third person limited point of view for writers of short stories and novels. In third person limited, the narrator reveals the thoughts of only a single character.
    • second person point of view Created: Saturday, June 24, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A definition of the literary term second person point of view as defined for fiction writers.
    • figurative language (definition) Created: Friday, June 23, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A figurative language definition for creative writers, students, and teachers from About.com's guide to fiction writing.
    • How to Write a Short Story Created: Sunday, September 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      To write a short story successfully, a number of elements have to come into play. Read about each of these elements and learn how to employ them in your short stories." ite#if expr="$zTP='t3'" --> ...
    • Top Questions for Creating Believable Characters Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Creating complex, well-rounded characters takes time -- time spent thinking about how your characters look, where they're from, and what motivates them, for instance. The questions on this page pro...
    • Thoughts on the MFA Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Tips for choosing an MFA program in fiction writing.
    • third person omniscient point of view Created: Thursday, November 10, 2005 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      A definition of the literary term third person omniscient point of view as defined for fiction writers.
    • theme Created: Saturday, September 13, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      A theme is the central idea or ideas explored by a literary work. John Gardner puts it this way: "By theme here we mean not a message -- a word no good writer likes applied to his work -- but the g...
    • What Do Editors Mean by a "Short Bio"? Created: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      The idea of writing a “short bio” to go along with their submission to a literary journal can be daunting. This is what editors are looking for.
    • erotica Created: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Erotica is a genre of literature that includes sexually explicit details as a primary feature but does not aim exclusively at sexual arousal.
    • The Truth in Fiction Created: Saturday, April 05, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      How do you make fiction read like non-fiction? How can you make your fiction believable? Advice for writers.
    • All About Avi Created: Thursday, June 11, 2009 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
      Avi was born Edward Irving Wortis in 1937 in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. So where did the name "Avi" come from? And how did he become a writer?
    • Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
      Most writers have trouble with writer's block at some point in their careers. Fortunately, there are many ways to start writing again.
    • Creative Writing Prompts Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
      Need a starting point for your creative writing session? Try these creative writing prompts.
    • What You Need to Know about Hachette Book Group Created: Sunday, January 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
      Hachette Book Group imprints include Little, Brown and Company; Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books), and Orbit. Read our profile here.
    • Short Story Contest Deadlines Month by Month Created: Sunday, April 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
      Keep up with short story contest deadlines with these monthly calendars, and find information on fellowships and residencies.
    • Ten Short Story Ideas Created: Saturday, September 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      The hardest part about writing is finding original short story ideas. These exercises and prompts will give you a jumping-off point to get unstuck.
    • Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones Created: Saturday, June 11, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      Natalie Goldberg's classic 1986 text on writing, "Writing Down the Bones," has inspired millions of writers over the years.
    • How to Write (and Finish) a Novel Created: Monday, October 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      There are no hard and fast rules for getting from first draft to bookstore shelf, but these tips on how to write a novel will help you find your way.
    • Jasper Fforde: How I Write Created: Monday, August 18, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      Jasper Fforde, bestselling author of the Thursday Next series, explains how writing is like riding a jet ski.
    • Interview with Alicia Erian on "Towelhead" Created: Monday, November 07, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      Alicia Erian, highly acclaimed author of "Towelhead," talks about writing fiction.
    • Types of Figurative Language Created: Friday, March 20, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      Metaphor and simile are the two most common examples of figurative language, but figurative language also includes other types. Read more here.
    • Developing Your Writing Style Created: Thursday, August 17, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      Your writing style evolves naturally over time through reading and writing, but here is a list of things to keep in mind as you develop it.
    • Examples of Third Person Writing from Classic Fiction Created: Friday, August 01, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
      If you're still a little confused about what third person writing looks like in prose, learn from these classic fiction examples.
    • Know Your Theme Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
      A different way of examining theme in fiction and how knowing yours can improve your writing.
    • How to Write Faster Created: Sunday, March 25, 2012 Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012
      Tools, tips and techniques to write fiction faster than you ever have before.
    • What is a Writer's Platform Created: Sunday, March 18, 2012 Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012
      While writers are often told to build their platforms as soon as possible, it's not immediately obvious what that means. This article will run down the major components of a solid writer's platform..
    • How to Choose a Genre for Your Novels Created: Thursday, March 08, 2012 Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2012
      Advice for writers on when and how to choose a genre to write in.
    • Finding the time to write Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
      Every writer complains that they'd write more if they only had the time. This article tells writers how to find the time to write everyday.
    • Book Review of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Created: Sunday, February 26, 2012 Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012
      A review of Steven Pressfield's non-fiction book The War of Art, a must-read for anyone making a living as an artist.
    • How to get story ideas for writing fiction Created: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
      The truth about where great story ideas come from and how you can learn to generate more of them than you could ever use.
    • How to pitch your novel to an agent or publisher Created: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
      How to craft and deliver a killer pitch of your novel that will have them begging to read it.

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