Create Immersive Setting and Place in Just 5 Days

If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I...

A Surprising Trick to Write Vivid Description

Each October, the Van Cortlandt Manor, a few miles north of Manhattan, hosts the Great Pumpkin Blaze. We’ve never been able to get tickets—by the time we got around to thinking about autumn and Halloween, it was always sold out. This year we didn’t leave it to chance....

The Secret to Writing Great Description

There is a new series that I can’t recommend highly enough: Between the Lines, hosted by Kelly Corrigan. She interviewed 16 notable authors including Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, and Imbolo Mbue to find out what story means to them, why they are storytellers, and...

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