Poetry Fun-0-1: America the Beautiful

Column by Brian McGackin
July 17, 2014 (1) comments
O say does that star-spangled poem yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 2 — Why You Should Love Lawyers

Column by Jessica Meddows
Lawyers have a bad reputation. Ed talked about why you should hate them, now I explain why you should love them.

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 1 — Why Lawyers Suck

Column by Ed Sikov
July 16, 2014 (3) comments
Lawyers are supposed to protect writers from lawsuits, but really they just get in the way.

On Research: The World is Full of Experts

Column by Ben H. Winters
July 15, 2014 (2) comments
The author of 'The Last Policeman' trilogy extolls the virtues of going out into the real world for your research.

LURID: Barbecue Season - Cannibalism for Connoisseurs

Column by Karina Wilson
It's barbecue season. What exactly IS that sizzling on your neighbor's grill?

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Three

Column by Gayle Towell
July 14, 2014 (3) comments
This monthly column explores writing craft by offering detailed edits of paragraphs submitted by readers.

5 Essential Brain Hacks for Fiction

Column by Susan DeFreitas
July 11, 2014 (6) comments
Neuroscience reveals a lot about how evolution shaped our brains. It can also show us how to suck our readers in from page one and keep them turning the pages. Why? Because science.

Take Your Characters Out to Lunch: 5 Development Exercises

Column by Leah Dearborn
July 11, 2014 (1) comments
Like going on a date, character exercises are part of the process of getting to know another person better (in this case, an imaginary person).

Writing Lessons from the Dead: Kurt Vonnegut

Column by Max Booth III
July 10, 2014 (3) comments
Kurt Vonnegut checks into Max's hotel and refuses to put out his cigarette.

Book vs. Film vs. Mini-series: 'Rosemary's Baby'

Column by Christopher Shultz
July 9, 2014 (3) comments
Rosemary got pregnant. Again. This time, on TV! How does this new incarnation fare against its big screen predecessor, and the novel that started it all?