How to Write a Great Story: A Roundup of Best Advice

great story roundup

Over the last five years, I’ve had the good fortune and privilege to feature storytelling advice from many bestselling authors, as well as editors and agents. Here’s a round-up of the best and most popular advice on writing craft and technique I’ve featured since 2011.

Developing Strong Story Concepts

Character Development

Plot and Structure

Point of View

Scene Building


What are your favorite writing craft & technique articles? Share in the comments.

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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Elizabeth Sims

Jane, I just saw this!! Honored to be in such estimable company! Hoping you’re having a great weekend.

Michael LaRocca

Thanks for such a timely roundup. I’ve got a rough draft from NaNoWriMo in need of major reworking. But I love the self-editing process most of all. It’s much easier than looking at the blank page. These articles will be quite helpful.

H Max

Marvelous compilation, JF. Thank you for curating this list.

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