An open letter to Anne Sexton on her birthday.
A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
How to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.
Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
By Joshua Isard
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
By Peter Derk
Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
How to write about love in your fiction.
You want to sell your novel or land an agent? Well, you need an elevator pitch and synopsis to do so. Here's Elevator Pitch 101.
You want to write words, but you'd rather watch some TV and eat nachos. Don't, I'll help you get writing.
Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Are you a tortoise or a hare? NaNoWriMo isn't the only writing marathon, and participating in different challenges can help you discover more about your own habits.
Who doesn’t love a good heist story? Markus Zusak may have popularized the idea in his YA novel, 'The Book Thief,' but literary theft isn’t exclusive to the realm of fiction.
Differing studies have found that the average U.S. student spends between $600 and $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. What exactly makes textbooks so expensive?
Perhaps our fondness stems from that image in the collective cultural imagination: a man with his typewriter, clacking away in a lonely hotel room, bottle of cognac at his side.
Have you ever wished that Rivendell existed so that you could go there next spring break? Fictional realists argue that technically, it does.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
You've always heard the maxim, "Show, don't tell..." but almost no writing teacher ever explains... How. Discover how to strengthen your prose by unpacking abstract and static verbs into descriptive action.
Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
Why the best descriptions are the ones that are easily understood, yet leave a lasting impression on readers’ minds.