By Peter Derk
Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
By Bart Bishop
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
By Kat Hausler
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
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.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Jeff Noon
Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
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.
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
By Peter Derk
Where have all the villains gone?
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
Prepare to wet your pants.
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.
By BH Shepherd
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
By Holly Kothe
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?
We dig deep into Stephen Falk's complicated FXX series.
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...
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.
By Leah Rhyne
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.