Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.
By Peter Derk
Want to make a reader shiver? Here are a few tips.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Alex Behr
"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it.
By Jeff Noon
Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.
Sometimes our world and others overlap, like the center of a Venn diagram. These new worlds that still retain vestiges of our own offer a unique angle; they allow the author to make comparisons.
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.
When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
By Dana Fredsti
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.
In: Analysis, Character, Dissection, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.