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Also on this page, you’ll find links to several articles I’ve written about various aspects of writing fiction. Originally published in The Writer magazine, they’re all available for free. You are welcome to repost them elsewhere, provided you credit me as the author and link back to this site.
If self-publishing appeals to you (and there are many reasons why it might), check out the self-publishing webinars I hold with fellow novelist Darren Greer.
More Stuff on Writing by William Kowalski
The articles linked on this page were originally published in The Writer magazine between 2005 and 2011. They are free to read and free to share. Please be mindful of copyright restrictions. They may be reprinted in part or in full, as long as William Kowalski is credited as the author and a link back to this page is included.
Returning To The Right Foot… Advice on plotting your story.
Using Conflict To Strengthen Stories… If your story feels like it’s falling flat, there’s probably not enough conflict.
How Aristotle Can Help You Become A Better Writer… So-called storytelling experts and writing gurus are trying to sell you tips and tricks that have been available for free for thousands of years. This piece explains what some of them are and how you can learn more about them for free.
Understanding Character Development…Use these tips to make your characters like real, flesh-and-blood people.
Set-Ups and Pay-Offs… Learn how to satisfy your readers’ expectations of your stories in ways that will keep them coming back for more.
When Is Your Novel Ready To Submit?… Learn about the importance of the final stages of editing.