Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns

An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Dead Bodies

This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
Repo Kempt

5 Tips on Researching Legal Jargon for Writers

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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Six Dark Contemporary Films That Can Inspire Your Fiction

Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The DOs and DONTs of Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Advice on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign from someone who's done it.
Rob Hart

Finding Story Inspiration in Strip Clubs

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.
Melissa F. Olson

Writing the Unknown Setting: 8 Tips on Conducting a Research Trip for your WIP

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.
Leah Dearborn

12 Productive Ways to be Unproductive

Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
Christopher Shultz

In Defense of (and Against) 'Write What You Know'

It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
George Cotronis

DIY Book Covers for the Self Publishing-Inclined Part 2

You've learned how to combine stock images to create vaguely interesting book covers. Time to learn some easy typography tricks.
George Cotronis

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing

Sometimes you'd rather read about writing than write. That's okay, we got you covered.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Shifting Sympathies

Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advance Your Writing Career—NOW!

Advance your writing career right now! Hop to it—some tips and tricks.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Avoiding Tropes in Horror

What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made of SCIENCE: Cloning

Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!

On Weed: Should Writers Write While High?

Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want to Write A Book: Part 0 — Ready, Set, Don't Go Yet

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.
Leah Dearborn

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction

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.
Leah Dearborn

The Curious, Poetic Lives of the Rossetti Siblings

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.