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Chuck surprised us all with a new batch of essays for 2014 & 2015! There is no exact timeline on how these will roll out, so just keep an eye on the site.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
36 exclusive craft essays on writing you won't find anywhere else online. The knowledge here is equivalent to what you'd get in an MFA program.
Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet
A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.
Interested in experimenting with traditional form poetry but not sure where to start, or if you'll like it? Suggestions for poets who want to avoid rhyme, avoid meter, keep it quick, or just have fun.
A guide to researching and writing about autopsies in crime and horror fiction.
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?
A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
We dig deep into Stephen Falk's complicated FXX series.
An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
Music is a great way to remember specific details. When you take a closer look at the lyrics in certian songs, you can easily remember tricky grammar devices and spend less time looking things up.
Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
Does your bad guy know he's bad? Does she want to hurt people? Or is your bad guy one who thinks, "Hmm...I'm the good guy here."? Which is more compelling? An exploration of antagonists.
You've got a long road ahead of you. Here's how to persevere.