Emily Golus Books

Writing Helps

  • The critical error that can make writers miserable

    Dear writer-dreamers:

    I know a lot of writers—those who are just starting out, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between. I work with writers, go to conferences, connect with writers on Facebook, and attend writing conferences.

    I love this community, but I’ve noticed something that’s troubled me for a while.
    So many writers are setting themselves up to be miserable.
    This isn’t about a certain technique, or working habit, or anything on a surface level. The error goes much deeper—to … Continue reading

  • Story Tips: Writing believable dialogue in fantasy

    My dear storymakers,

    One of my writing friends is working on a fantasy novel set in a medieval-style world, and she wanted to know how she could make the characters’ dialogue sound more natural.

    The basic advice is to write dialogue the way people speak—but when you’re writing about people in a different world, planet, or time period than your own, there’s a lot more to think about.

    So how do you write realistic dialogue for an imaginary … Continue reading