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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.
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.
You don’t want your expletives to be too dirty. I mean, the fun kind of dirty, yes, but dirty, lousy with grammar and punctuation mistakes? No fuckin’ way.
A guide to turning your kids on to horror.
The animated show 'Archer' is a grammar-lovers wet dream.
Whether your protagonist is a hotshot attorney walking into a murder trial or a convicted criminal awaiting his appeal, it’s important that you maintain your authority by using the correct jargon.
Or, Stuff That Makes You Look Wet Behind the Ears, Part Two: The Craft Edition.
Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Skilled writers perform a kind of optical illusion of the mind's eye, creating language that matches and expands upon our own real life experiences.
How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?