Keeping it Short by Becky Martinez

Nearly twenty years ago a friend of mine read some of my fiction work and said, “You should write short stories.” He thought they might be easier to get published. Going another step beyond that, he thought we should sell them ourselves on the internet. It seemed like...

Nail that First Line with Laura Drake

I’m going to be teaching a two week course here at Savvy Authors in August about Beginning Pages, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines. Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line. “An opening line should invite the reader to...

The Power of Description with Kerri-Leigh Grady

Think back to high school—I know, it’s a painful journey, but I promise we won’t stay long—and the books we were assigned to read, discuss, and evaluate. Think about the classics of American literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Aldous Huxley. Think back to the...