Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
Using particular details brings your lie to life.
What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
One the most widely misunderstood — yet crucial — skills a writer must learn is the ability to put specific actions on the page that transcend into larger, universal concepts.
In: Character, Character, Craft, editing, Plot, Plot, POV, POV, Setting, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Voice, Voice
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
In: Craft, Dialogue, Discourse Analysis, Grammar, Grammar, Linguistics, List, Phrases, Sociolinguistics, Verbs, Voice, Word Play
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Writers stress themselves out over the idea of devising a unique, compelling voice in their writing. Here's why a lot of that anxiety is underserved.
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.
By Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.
How utilizing genre can enable you to write strong fiction.
Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
Where do you get your ideas? Turns out, you can get them just about anywhere. But the best stories tap into your personal experiences and emotional truths.
Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.
Christmas comes early today! In this essay Chuck provides a grab-bag of incredibly useful ideas that don't require too much individual elaboration. From delineating the three types of speech, to simple maxims for the writing life.
Maintaining action is paramount in fiction, but sooner or later we’ll need to deliver expository details for our stories to make sense. So, how do writers engage while providing character depth?
Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.