Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories

By S.S. Van Dine, a pseudonym for art critic and detective novelist Willard Huntington Wright. First published in The American Magazine in September 1928.  The detective story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it…

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Sherman Alexie’s Top 10 Tips for Writers

Sherman Alexie is the author of 24 books including Reservation Blues which received an American Book Award in 1996. His first young adult fiction novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, has sold over…

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How to Write a Short Story: Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” – Kurt Vonnegut In this video, narrated by the author himself, Kurt Vonnegut shares eight insightful tips for writing a great…

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3 Writing Tips from Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of four novels: Prep, The Man of My Dreams,  American Wife and Sisterland. In an article in The Guardian last week, published in the wake of the controversy caused by…

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P.D. James’s Top 10 Writing Tips

P.D. James is one of Britain’s most popular crime writers. Born in 1920, she has published over 20 novels, many of which have been adapted for television. P.D. James was created Baroness James of Holland Park…

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