Make Your Characters More Interesting With Lies

Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
Bart Bishop

The Two Lukes: Comparing and Contrasting 'Dark Empire' and 'The Last Jedi'

A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
Kat Hausler

Write Who You Don’t Know?

'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Trey R. Barker

The Birth of Jace Salome

Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Jeff Noon

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Christine J. Schmidt

These 4 Popular Reading Spots Are Actually Awful

Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Fred Venturini

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
K. Tempest Bradford

Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms

Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
BH Shepherd

What 'Westworld' Can Teach Us About Writers

What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
Holly Kothe

The Mini-Guide To Writing Sex For Your Genre

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?
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Forrest Gump'

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...
Leah Dearborn

Buy Your Villain a Birthday Present: 5 More Development Exercises

Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Max Booth III

What 'Stranger Things' Can Teach Us About Characterization

Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
Leah Rhyne

I Am So Evil - The Problem With Devilish Bad Guys

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.