The 3 Most Important Elements of Fiction Writing

By Magdalena Ball Even highly celebrated and well-paid authors miss them. While almost all writers are clear on the importance of plot, there are other writing skills such as a strong narrative voice, good deep characterization, and relevant, subtle scenery description that set a work of fiction apart, rendering it literary or great. In my … Read more

AWer New Releases!

Congratulations to AbsoluteWrite members Stacia Kane and K.A. Stewart on today’s release of their respective books! I’ve been waiting for the release of both of these books with great anticipation, for what seems like months. Stacia Kane‘s new book Unholy Magic is book 2 of the Downside Ghosts series. You can read an excerpt on … Read more

Writing Mysteries, 2nd Ed. A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America

Review by Ellen Zuckerman Writing Mysteries 2nd Ed. Sue Grafton, Ed. with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman Writer’s Digest Books April, 2002 [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Writing a novel is a long distance run of the imagination…Writers need all the help they can get, wherever they can get it . . . ” (George … Read more

Paranormal Roundtable on Suvudu!

Need a remedy for the late-winter blahs? Suvudu announced they’ve got your cure. They’ll be hosting a live round-table discussion of Paranormal and Urban Fantasy. See the website for details: On February 17 (at 4pm EST), we’re bringing in some of the hottest voices in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy for a round-table discussion and … Read more

My Father’s Models

By James D. Macdonald My father, W. Douglas Macdonald, was a chemical engineer and an electrical engineer. Most of his life he worked for building materials companies, including Glidden Paint, US Plywood, and Eucatex. He died entirely too young—at 72, of congestive heart failure secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; that is to say, smoking … Read more

Why I Write Commercial Fiction

By Steve Fey I’ve always liked to write stuff. In elementary school I made up some awful bit of drivel about a baseball team, which is now lost to posterity. Posterity should send me a thank-you note. By junior high school, now known in most places as middle school, I was skipping doing my homework … Read more

Tips for Avoiding Total Disaster as a Novelist

By Kris Saknussemm The problem with “should” advice is that it’s either something you already know, i.e., your diet should include more fruit and vegetables than cheeseburgers and martinis—or it’s something really difficult (like consuming more fruit and vegetables than cheeseburgers and martinis). Based on my own stumbling, fumbling experience, I offer the following list of things … Read more