Author: Emily Krempholtz

The query letter that got me FOUR offers of representation from literary agents—and why it worked

The query letter that got me FOUR offers of representation from literary agents—and why it worked

One of the best things I ever did for myself as a querying writer was get strategic about how I was writing my query letter—and it paid off with a query letter that REALLY worked. Read my query, which gained a whopping 47% request rate and yielded a total of four offers of representation!

How to Write Spicy Scenes That Sizzle Instead of Fizzle

How to Write Spicy Scenes That Sizzle Instead of Fizzle

Even great writers get stuck when it comes to writing a sex scene in their book. Writing spicy scenes is a skill, and we’ve all seen plenty of examples of spice that fizzles instead of sizzles. But what makes a spicy scene truly sexy and 

Quick Exercise for Building Character Relationship Dynamics

Quick Exercise for Building Character Relationship Dynamics

Check out the link at the end of this post for a free downloadable spreadsheet where you can complete this exercise with your own characters. The great thing about this exercise is that it works for any characters whose relationship is central to your story. 

Learn to Write Fight Scenes Like a Pro (And Why They’re Much Less About the Action Than You Think!)

Learn to Write Fight Scenes Like a Pro (And Why They’re Much Less About the Action Than You Think!)

Here’s a hot take: Your fight scenes are not nearly as much about the action as you think they are.  Fight scenes aren’t actually action sequences. They’re character sequences, and yes, I will die on this hill. Think about your favorite fight scenes in any 

Interview with Phil Svitek from 360 Creative Coach

Interview with Phil Svitek from 360 Creative Coach

Phil and I sat down yesterday and talked (with a lot of hand gestures on my part) about the craft of storytelling, the balance of wanting to make your project perfect and wanting to move on to the next big thing, killing your babies, loving your antagonist, and some of the challenges of being a creative in today’s world.

It’s Okay to Suck: The Art of the First Draft

It’s Okay to Suck: The Art of the First Draft

Your first draft is the worst your work is ever going to look. It’s only going to get better from here, but first you have to finish it.

Why Do I Need a Writing Coach?

Why Do I Need a Writing Coach?

What is a writing coach, and why do I need one? How can I find the perfect writing coach for me? Click to learn more.