Are you buying for a writer this holiday season? Here's a guide to the gifts that will win you their love and respect.
Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.
Column by Meredith Borders
Always cherish your books not for what they are, but for what they say.
Farhad Manjoo's Slate piece, 'Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller', makes the claim that Amazon is the true supporter of literary culture--but by my measure, it is riddled with hollow arguments.
Column by Karina Wilson
Psychopaths - more common than you think, both IRL and in fiction. LURID looks at how religion and science have shaped the outlines of the ultimate villain, who's now become a hero to many.
Column by Craig Clevenger
Part of an ongoing series profiling some of the best independent bookstores in the country.
Column by John Jarzemsky
Are video games beginning to make us think differently about narrative? A look at historical trends in different mediums and narrative styles, and what that might mean for the future.
Column by Taylor Houston
Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.
Column by Cath Murphy
Been caught stealing? Here are five excuses NOT to use.
Column by Jason Van Horn
Many reader's were upset by the idea of a black Spiderman, but they got one anyway. His name's not Peter Parker, but Miles Morales could end up being a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was.