New Book – Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

I’m excited to announce that the second book in The Storyteller’s Toolbox series is now available. Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises is packed with exercises that impart the tools and techniques of storytelling and then prompt you to study stories, practice writing stories, and further contemplate the craft of storytelling. About the Book The greatest storytellers…Read More

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It’s Writing Forward’s Ninth Anniversary. Let’s Celebrate with a Book Giveaway!

I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I launched Writing Forward. It’s been a fun and challenging adventure, and I’m looking forward to many more years of providing creative writing tips and ideas that motivate and inspire legions of fiction and nonfiction writers as well as poets. Lately, I’ve been hard at work creating…Read More


New Book: What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing

When I first got interested in fiction writing, I scoured bookstores for a simple, straightforward primer on storytelling. I wanted something that explained the various components of a story, and I found lots of excellent books — some on plotting, others on characters — but I never did find that primer I was looking for….Read More

Tips for writing horror stories

How to Write Better Horror Stories

Please welcome guest author P. Wish with an insightful post that features eight ways to write better horror stories. So you want to write better horror? The question is, how? This article breaks down the process into eight easy tips, focusing on how to find inspiration, the right setting, and support system for your work….Read More

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How to Get a Literary Agent and Self-Publish Simultaneously

Please welcome guest author Sarah Juckes with an article on publishing. You’ve been submitting to agents for a while now, and although you’ve had a couple of close calls, your book is still unpublished. At this point, it can feel like you’ve reached a fork in the road. Do you keep going down the agent…Read More

Learn how to write an author bio.

How to Write Your First Author Bio

Please welcome author Nicolas Frame with some good advice on writing your first author bio. It’s an invigorating feeling, receiving one’s first acceptance letter from an editor. We want your piece. Yay! Pop the champagne cork, and put a party hat on your cat. But at the end of that email, you’ll usually realize they…Read More

Writing Forward is Eight Years Old! Let’s Celebrate with a Book Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe Writing Forward is eight years old! Sometimes it feels like I just started this website yesterday. Other times, I feel like it’s been with me forever. One thing is certain: I’m looking forward to many more years of Writing Forward. Every year around this time, I take a look at this…Read More

Reconnect with your writing.

How to Rekindle Your Writing When You’ve Lost Touch

Please welcome guest author Ali Luke with some top-notch advice on how to reconnect with your writing when you’ve lost touch with it. Are you a writer who’s not currently writing? It happens to all of us at some point – often more than once. Life gets busy and priorities change. Perhaps you’ve gone from…Read More

the writer short film

The Writer: A Short Film

Today’s post is a special treat. It’s a short film called The Writer. As you have probably guessed, it’s a about a writer. There are only a handful of films about writers, but not nearly enough for those of us who labor at the craft of wordplay and storytelling. It’s always exciting when a new…Read More

writing dialect

Practical Advice for Writing Dialect

Please welcome guest author Alyssa Hollingsworth with tips on writing dialect. I’ll be honest: I’ve always been terrified of dialect because it’s easy to get wrong. But when done well, it can make a story shine. When you’re writing in first person, it is important to consider who your narrator is and how she or…Read More

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