The Edible Complex: Food-based tips for research and editing

Column by Roy Christopher
Eating and writing sometimes feel inextricably linked. Here are three food-based tips for research and editing.
Paul J. Garth

An Interview with Crime Fiction Author/Editor Paul J. Garth

Interview by Gabriel Hart August 24, 2022
Gabriel Hart interviews Paul J. Garth, author of the novella 'Low White Plain' (Down and Out Books).

I Fell In Love With Reading My Work Out Loud - To Others

Column by Karis Rogerson August 11, 2022
Reading work aloud is a tried-and-true tip for revising, but what about doing it in front of others? A case for reading your WIPs aloud in a safe space.

My Plan To Shape Up A 700-Page Manuscript In Less Than a Year

Column by Peter Derk July 20, 2022
If you've got a huge manuscript weighing you down, let's break it down, edit it, and get it finished.

Sudowrite: An AI Fiction Writing Software Review

Column by Repo Kempt May 9, 2022
A review of Sudowrite, fiction writing software that uses AI to generate content.

Revisiting a Work You’ve Already Published: Things to Keep in Mind

Column by Nick Kolakowski November 24, 2021
Nick Kolakowski's revised trio of novellas, now titled "Love & Bullets", is out from Shotgun Honey this month. He has some advice...
Curating Horror: An Interview with Ellen Datlow

Curating Horror: An Interview with Ellen Datlow

Interview by Sadie Hartmann
What can we expect from the desk of the most knowledgeable editor in horror for this year's spooky season?

Storyville: Evaluating Your Work in Progress—As Author, Editor, and Reader

Column by Richard Thomas
It's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.

10 Things I Learned Editing an Anthology in Three Weeks

Column by Gabino Iglesias
I had an idea. About a month later, it was a book packed with stories by some amazing writers. Here are the things I learned while making it happen.

10 Things Wrong with All My First Drafts

Column by Jay Wilburn January 15, 2021
No first draft is perfect. We all have bad habits and bad habits show up a lot. Here are 10 things Jay Wilburn seems to find in all his first drafts.

Why NaNoWriMo is a Terrible Idea, But I Keep Doing it Anyway

Column by Jay Wilburn
NaNoWriMo is a challenge that helps people power through to complete a novel in the month of November. It can also be very discouraging for many writers. Why does Jay Wilburn keep trying it?
Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview: Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview by Gabriel Hart October 1, 2020
Veteran crime fiction editor Jim Thomsen talks genre, cliches, and why editing matters.

Ten Editing Tricks that Will Make Your Writing Better

Column by Gabino Iglesias September 23, 2020
After the writing comes the editing, and that's where a lot of writers struggle. Here are ten tricks to help you improve your process.

Storyville: Advanced Writing Workshop Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Column by Richard Thomas
Applying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.

What Tools Do You Use to Edit Your Manuscripts?

Column by Cina Pelayo June 15, 2020
Do you use any editing softwares to perfect your writing? Here is a sampling of tools available.

Welcome the Characters Who Show Up Too Early and Stay Too Late

Column by Margo Orlando Littell
Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.

What Does It Really Take to Get a Book Published?

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Publishing a book is a bucket-list item for a whole lot of us. But what does it actually take to get published?

How to Approach the Second Draft of Your Novel-in-Making

Column by Emmanuel Nataf August 15, 2019
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.

Revisiting Old Works-in-Progress: 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of It

Column by Emmanuel Nataf July 17, 2019
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.

Writing Horror Using All Five Senses

Column by Repo Kempt April 22, 2019
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.

Tackling the Dreaded Rewrite

Column by Repo Kempt March 13, 2019
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.

A Non-Snarky Guide to Getting Your NaNoWriMo Draft into Shape

Column by Annie Neugebauer
NaNoWriMo-ers, congratulations! You survived November! Whether you “won” or just wrote more than usual, you now have an at least partially-completed manuscript waiting for you. So… What now?

What Playing Pickleball Taught Me About Writing

Column by Christoph Paul August 27, 2018
What a new sport taught me about my craft.

Lost Films Anthology: Embrace the Ugly

Column by Max Booth III
Everybody knows at least one haunted film.

The Three Times Your Novel is Finished

Column by Fred Venturini
Ask an author how long it took them to write a book, and the answer is always different. Here are three times a novel is finished, and how they each relate to author mindset.