A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
A guide to turning your kids on to horror.
Whether your protagonist is a hotshot attorney walking into a murder trial or a convicted criminal awaiting his appeal, it’s important that you maintain your authority by using the correct jargon.
Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Advice on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign from someone who's done it.
By Rob Hart
If you want to get the feel for a town, strip clubs are a good place to start. Rob Hart shares his strip club experiences and how they've influenced his new novel, CITY OF ROSE.
What happens if you need to set a story in a place you've never seen? Melissa F. Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series, walks you through how to plan a location research trip.
Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
You've learned how to combine stock images to create vaguely interesting book covers. Time to learn some easy typography tricks.
Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.
In: Harlan Ellison, HWA, Jeff VanderMeer, List, Research, Robert McKee, screenwriting, Stephen King, Wonderbook
Sometimes you'd rather read about writing than write. That's okay, we got you covered.
Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Ten ideas for where to send your fiction in 2015.
Advance your writing career right now! Hop to it—some tips and tricks.
What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?
Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!
By Peter Derk
Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.
Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
By Leah Rhyne
In this, the first in a new series of columns about the mechanics of writing a book, we'll talk about the prep work that should occur before you even sit down at your computer/notebook/typewriter.
Sitting in a classroom or wandering through a sterile museum, we often feel estranged from history. But history is really about people, and that’s what makes it such fertile ground for writers.
Born to a literary scholar obsessed with the works of Dante, siblings Christina and Dante Rossetti would respectively become some of the most famous poets of the Victorian era.