Ask The Lit Coach: "How Much Is Too Much With Description?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
November 7, 2011 (3) comments
Erin Reel addresses the art of description and knowing when to go back and edit after your short pieces have been rejected by literary journals in this issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

"Shockaholic" by Carrie Fisher

Column by Meredith Borders
November 4, 2011 (1) comments
Carrie Fisher's latest memoir gives gossipy insight into the alien world of celebrity.

What The Hell Ever Happened To... Jeff Noon?

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
November 4, 2011 (10) comments
A column in which we try to dig up info on some of our favorite authors who we haven't heard from in a while.

Binge: My Love/Hate Relationship with NaNoWriMo

Column by Brandon Tietz
November 2, 2011 (13) comments
National Novel Writing Novel Month is upon us again. Many will participate, and some will complete the project, but is this really the best system for you?

Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

Column by Taylor Houston
November 1, 2011 (10) comments
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.

The Top 10 Scenes In Literature To Bring You Terrorsleep: Part 2

Column by Tina Estlin Page
October 31, 2011 (12) comments
Books that go bump in the night. The conclusion of the top 10 most terrifying scenes in literature.

LURID: Does King Deserve The Crown?

Column by Karina Wilson
October 31, 2011 (29) comments
LURID: vivid in shocking detail; sensational, horrible in savagery or violence, or a monthly guide to the merits of all those Bad Books you never want your co-workers to know you're reading.

From Silk Purses to Sows’ Ears

Column by Ed Sikov
October 28, 2011 (8) comments
When It Comes to Books Made Into Movies, Middlebrow Assumptions Are Invariably Stupid

Write Characters In A Representation-Free Zone

Column by Jon Gingerich
October 27, 2011 (6) comments
Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.

Using Social Networks To Build A Writing Brand, i.e. How To Whore Yourself On Twitter

Column by Rob Hart
October 26, 2011 (6) comments
Social networking is easy if you want to tell people what you had for dinner last night. When you're a writer building a brand, it requires a little more thought--and a lot more dedication.