Nathan Scalia

It's Made of SCIENCE: Cloning

Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!

On Weed: Should Writers Write While High?

Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want to Write A Book: Part 0 — Ready, Set, Don't Go Yet

In this, the first in a new series of columns about the mechanics of writing a book, we'll talk about the prep work that should occur before you even sit down at your computer/notebook/typewriter.
Leah Dearborn

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction

Sitting in a classroom or wandering through a sterile museum, we often feel estranged from history. But history is really about people, and that’s what makes it such fertile ground for writers.
Leah Dearborn

The Curious, Poetic Lives of the Rossetti Siblings

Born to a literary scholar obsessed with the works of Dante, siblings Christina and Dante Rossetti would respectively become some of the most famous poets of the Victorian era.

On Research: The World is Full of Experts

The author of 'The Last Policeman' trilogy extolls the virtues of going out into the real world for your research.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Put Together an Anthology

Tips and information about how to put together an anthology of short stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Putting Your Life in Your Fiction

Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Library Love: America’s Athenaeums

Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Vacuum Of Space

Everything you need to know about the vacuum of space, its effects on the human body, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Leah Dearborn

Is Print the Popular Kid Again?

Print was supposed to die with the new millennium, but a number of digital publications have recently opted to go against the grain and begin production of hard copy editions.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Book Review

Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Shock Totem, Shimmer, and The Dark

Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Magical Thinking and Santa Claus: How Holidays Help Create Writers

Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Evolution

Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Leah Dearborn

Remember To Wear Pants: Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo with Your Dignity Intact

NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Zombies

What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
Erin Reel

Books on Writing: What Authors, Agents and Editors Read

What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.