False Starts, Dead Ends and Bad Beginnings: A Guide to Successful Storytelling Patterns

Column by Jon Gingerich
March 15, 2012 (2) comments
Why failing to establish clear narrative patterns or ignoring a story’s natural capacity to surprise can render an otherwise compelling work into an instant dud.

Getting It Right: Accuracy, Truth, and the Fudge Factor

Column by Ed Sikov
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.

No Thanks, Mr Franzen, I Like My Novels Difficult

Column by Phil Jourdan
March 14, 2012 (5) comments
Never mind Jonathan Franzen's rants on eBooks and Twitter. He poses a more serious threat: the decline of literary difficulty.

Saga: Brian K. Vaughan's Return To Comics

Column by Kelly Thompson
March 13, 2012 (1) comments
Brian K. Vaughan makes his triumphant return to monthly comics with Saga #1-- a 44-page, gorgeously illustrated space opera.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas
March 13, 2012 (14) comments
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.

Blue is For Boys, Orange Is For Girls

Column by Cath Murphy
March 12, 2012 (2) comments
The Orange long list, announced on March 8th, aims to promote women writers. But does it? And shouldn't female authors be ready to take on the men?

What Is Fantasy?

Column by Rajan Khanna
March 9, 2012 (8) comments
An introduction to the genre of Fantasy. Where do we draw the lines? And are those lines important? What constitutes good Fantasy? This post sets the stage and lays down a path for future columns.

Book Vs. Film: John Carter

Column by Jon Korn
March 9, 2012 (5) comments
Can Edgar Rice Burroughs' hundred-year-old classic stand up to a new 3D adaptation from the director of WALL-E? Does a white-ape poop in the mantalia groves? Jon Korn has some answers.

Drag it Out: How to Use Extended Metaphors for Maximum Effect

Column by Taylor Houston
March 8, 2012 (7) comments
A discussion of successful extended metaphors and how to create your own.

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

Column by Kelly Thompson
March 8, 2012 (6) comments
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"