We write what we know, but do we really know how we write? Indie author Doug Schwartz explains how to write like yourself.
Deus ex machina has a bad reputation. And not without reason. This highly contrived way of solving an unsolvable problem in a work of fiction is one of the hallmarks of sloppy writing. Still, as a plot device, deus ex machina isn’t 100% bad if you know how to use it correctly.
Writing a fake memoir is a treacherous, tricky business. But learning how it’s done is the best way to avoid being fooled by the next shocking but highly improbable bestselling tell-all.
In an ideal world, there would never be a deadline when you set out to write a story. But in the real world, time is of the essence.
In medias res is easy to do — too easy, in fact. The trick is, it’s hard to do well.