L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

by Amanda Patterson Many writers struggle with plotting. In this post, What Is A Plot?, we define a plot and tell you how to use it in a story. What Is A Plot? A plot is a series of events that make up a story. Plots have beginnings, middles, and endings. The first quarter of your …

Continue reading

Here’s a list of everything you should ask about when negotiating a publishing contract. Brian A. Klems Q: I would like to know what an author is to do if a publisher were to offer up a book contract to him or her when there is no agent involved? What’s negotiable? What’s not?— C. L. …

Continue reading

by Oliver Fox Have you ever tried to write a horror story and found the result wanting? In this post, we look at how the 3 pillars of horror can improve your horror story. It’s a difficult genre to do well. But why? All you have to do is create a monster and put it …

Continue reading

Here are a few lucky words that have been preserved in common English expressions. Mental Floss Image credit: miss_j / iStock / Getty Images Plus. English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started …

Continue reading

Katisha Smith Here at Book Riot, we are obviously into books. We love all books equally, but sometimes prefer a certain format when it comes to reading.  Some Rioters detest hardcover books. Others love mass market paperbacks. Of course, we know audiobooks are more than just a trend. Personally, I prefer reading ebooks because I …

Continue reading

Via The Guardian Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, AL Kennedy Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a …

Continue reading

One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Here’s how to help readers meet your main character. Les Edgerton One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers want …

Continue reading

No matter what sort of character name you’re pursuing, heed common sense and follow these seven tips to make sure you pick the best names possible for your story. Elizabeth Sims Choosing a character name for your novel is as pressure-filled as picking a name for a baby. It has to suit the character’s personality, …

Continue reading

In his fiction column from the January 1990 issue of Writer’s Digest, author Lawrence Block explores the reality behind the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Amy Jones A couple of years ago, two friends of mine, a man and woman I’d known for most of a decade, made the papers. They did so in …

Continue reading

Don’t feed the trolls. Quartz Olivia Goldhill Wildly inaccurate facts and spurious arguments are unavoidable features of social media. Yet no matter how infuriatingly wrong someone is, or just how much counter-evidence you have at your disposal, starting arguments on the internet rarely gets anyone to change their mind. Nearly a century-and-a-half ago, British philosopher …

Continue reading