Leah Dearborn

Magical Thinking and Santa Claus: How Holidays Help Create Writers

Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Evolution

Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Leah Dearborn

Remember To Wear Pants: Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo with Your Dignity Intact

NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Zombies

What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
Erin Reel

Books on Writing: What Authors, Agents and Editors Read

What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Speed Of Light

What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
Jessica Meddows

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Kimberly Turner

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Do You Know When Your Story is Done?

It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 8 Tips For Growing Your Brand

Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets

Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Why Write Short Stories At All?

Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Dana Fredsti

On Writer's Constipation, The Sophomore Slump and Zombies

Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.