Storyville: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Column by Richard Thomas
February 16, 2012 (11) comments
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.

A Real Monster: Writing About People You Know

Column by Phil Jourdan
February 15, 2012 (8) comments
A warning to writers eager to turn their lives into material for a book — you have responsibilities to those whose lives you exploit.

What You Can Learn From Ronald Reagan: A Primer On Love Letters

Column by Taylor Houston
Give more than chocolate this V Day--try your hand at writing a love letter with a little help from the pros.

LURID: My Top 10 Bloody Valentines

Column by Karina Wilson
February 14, 2012 (4) comments
Happy ever after? How dull can you get?! Lurid's Top Ten pick of the bloodiest, most doomed, destructive and messed up relationships in literature. Happy Valentine's Day!

The Top 10 Fictional Antiheroes

Column by Meredith Borders
February 10, 2012 (23) comments
The antihero is complex and unknowable, and because of that, he is fascinating in ways a pure hero or villain could never be. Read on for ten of the greatest antiheroes in literature.

Behold! The Unfilmable: David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas'

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
February 10, 2012 (4) comments
Is it possible to make a successful film adaptation of David Mitchell's post modern masterpiece? We'll know soon enough.

The Myth of Writer’s Block

Column by Jon Gingerich
February 9, 2012 (10) comments
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.

Un-Building Blocks: What to Do When You Can’t Do It

Column by Ed Sikov
February 9, 2012 (9) comments
A humorous look at every writer's worst nightmare: writer's block.

Beyond the Zombie: Something Ominous is Missing from Horror Fiction

Column by Jack Joslin
February 8, 2012 (18) comments
An analysis of what's missing in our conception of "horror" — should we drop zombies and vampires and return to the essence of being terrified?

The Curse of the Second Novel: Four Ways Not To Fuck Up Book Number Two

Column by Cath Murphy
February 8, 2012 (1) comments
Writing a bad book after a great debut is so common it has a name: Second Novel Syndrome. Here are four reasons well known authors fell victim to the Curse of the Second Novel.