By BH Shepherd
A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Part 4 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Part 3 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
In: Angela Slatter, Catherynne Valente, Jess Walters, Kelly Link, Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones, Theme, Vampires, Werewolves, zombies
Some horror tropes refuse to die. And that's a good thing.
Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.
Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.
In: Adam Troy Castro, Black Mirror, Dystopia, George Orwell, Harlan Ellison, Joanna Russ, Lucy A Snyder, Martin Amis, Ray Bradbury, Theme, Ursula K. Le Guin, Utopia
Some dystopian tales to remind us to be careful what we wish for-—Heaven on Earth is just the B-side to End of Days.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
By BH Shepherd
A look at the theme of storytelling throughout Quentin Tarantino's filmography.
How to write about love in your fiction.
By Leah Rhyne
In: A Song of Ice and Fire, Character, Comics, game of thrones, Jessica Jones, Literary Devices, Marvel, Rape, Theme
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
By Robbie Blair
If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
In: American Psycho, Character, Death, Jack Ketchum, John Steinbeck, Narrator, Plot, Storyville, Theme
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
Trade romance sales make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer book market, yet they carry a lot of negative associations. Does romance deserve a second chance?
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Jeff VanderMeer, Plot, Stephen King, Storyville, Structure, Theme, Voice
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.