Putting An End To Plot Conveniences

Column by Jon Gingerich
December 21, 2011 (4) comments
Writers are often faced with the predicament of writing themselves into a plot corner. We know where our stories are supposed to go, but the plot becomes an impasse to resolution instead of a gateway.

That’s So Meta: Writing A Story About Writing A Story

Column by Taylor Houston
December 20, 2011 (24) comments
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.

The Wild West World of eBook Only Erotica (NSFW)

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 19, 2011 (25) comments
Is the eReader the new Internet when it comes to get-rich-quick porn?

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Should Writers Censor Their Work Because They Fear Agent Or Editor Rejection?'

Column by Erin Reel
December 19, 2011 (5) comments
Should writers censor their work because they fear agent or editor rejection? The Lit Coach and friends weigh in for the 6th Issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

Top Ten Comics That Should Be A TV Series

Column by Jason Van Horn
December 16, 2011 (18) comments
Ten comic books that should be turned into a television series, posthaste!

Buying Guide: How To Shop For A Writer This Holiday Season

Column by Rob Hart
December 16, 2011 (13) comments
Are you buying for a writer this holiday season? Here's a guide to the gifts that will win you their love and respect.

On Dialogue Tags: Why Anything Besides 'Said' And 'Asked' Is Lazy Writing

Column by Rob Hart
December 15, 2011 (35) comments
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.

A Reader’s Confession: I Dog-Ear My Books.

Column by Meredith Borders
December 15, 2011 (16) comments
Always cherish your books not for what they are, but for what they say.

Why Independent Bookstores Matter: A Rebuttal To Slate's Farhad Manjoo

Column by Rob Hart
December 14, 2011 (17) comments
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.

LURID: Bad to the Bone? (Part 2: Adults)

Column by Karina Wilson
December 14, 2011 (5) comments
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.