Amanda Bender

"Cursed": The Road to Redemption Starts with Strong Roots

The Weeping Monk is by far one of the most compelling characters in Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller's 'Cursed', and is a prime example of how to craft a redemption arc.
BH Shepherd

Why The Punisher Has No Place In The Police Department

A brief explanation of why it is inappropriate for police officers to incorporate the Punisher's symbol into their uniforms.
Margo Orlando Littell

Welcome the Characters Who Show Up Too Early and Stay Too Late

Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Autumn Christian

Conflict Without Violence: How to Add More Depth To Your Fiction

Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Turning Your Obsessions Into Fiction

Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
Joshua Isard

All Stories Are Existential

The word existential may have, in some contexts, devolved into an epithet for things that seem deep or important, but that’s not really what it means.
C.S. Humble

How to use Family Dynamics to Bring Your Characters To Life

For author C.S. Humble, one of the most reliable narrative materials to build a story with is family.
Christoph Paul

What Writers Can Learn From Watching The NFL Draft

Will this article finally bring Sports Twitter and Writer Twitter together? Will the Dolphins draft Tua? Can writers really learn writing tips from watching the NFL Draft?

Maybe: The Empathy-Building Writing Prompt

Want to write and live with empathy? Maybe there's a way.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Duality of Strong Emotions

Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.

Are Functional Relationships Ever Interesting In Fiction?

Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
Andrea J. Johnson

Craft A Cozy Mystery In Three Killer Steps

Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using Your Family to Tell Dark Stories

Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
Amanda Bender

Her Dark Materials: Raising Inner Demons To Craft Complex Villains

An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
Andrea J. Johnson

Tackling the Issue of Consent in Fiction

This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
Cina Pelayo

Donald Maas and The Emotional Craft of Fiction Writing

Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Gabino Iglesias

What Reviewing Nonfiction Taught Me About Writing Fiction

Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.

Tweak Those Boring, Stereotypical White Dude Characters

I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Stop Being Lazy and Write Different Types of Characters

Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
Andrea J. Johnson

13 Reasons Why Your Novel Sucks At Diversity

A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Cina Pelayo

The Top Three Things Your Character Needs

Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

So You Want to Write Women

Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Christopher Shultz

Is It Really Such A Bad Thing To Give The Audience What They Want?

Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.