Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.
By Peter Derk
Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
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.
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
By Peter Derk
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
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.
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.
By Joshua Isard
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.