Leah Dearborn

The Machine With a Soul: Typewriters In the Past, Present, and Future

Perhaps our fondness stems from that image in the collective cultural imagination: a man with his typewriter, clacking away in a lonely hotel room, bottle of cognac at his side.
Leah Dearborn

Believing In the Nonexistent: An Introduction to Fictional Realism

Have you ever wished that Rivendell existed so that you could go there next spring break? Fictional realists argue that technically, it does.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Chuck Palahniuk

Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs

You've always heard the maxim, "Show, don't tell..." but almost no writing teacher ever explains... How. Discover how to strengthen your prose by unpacking abstract and static verbs into descriptive action.
Stephen Graham Jones

Ten Obvious Truths About Fiction

Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Powerful Descriptions

Why the best descriptions are the ones that are easily understood, yet leave a lasting impression on readers’ minds.
Chuck Palahniuk

Beware the ‘Thesis Statement’

In: Abstracts
Abstract and summarizing lead statements feel natural to journalism and academic writing, but will suck the life from your fiction. Learn to unpack and rearrange these abstractions for greater effect.