David James Keaton

Jack of Shrugtown

I read my first Jack Reacher book, and there were so many shrugs. Jack Reacher has come to shrug and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Justin Hunter

The Inauthenticity of a Fuckless World

People curse. If your stories don't curse too, how authentic are you being to the world you are creating?
Chuck Palahniuk

One Word Leads To The Next: Unconventional Conjunctive Devices

An essay that explores unconventional conjunctive devices and how they can link a story together, making it more like a song or piece of music.
Leah Dearborn

How to React When Someone Says They Don’t Read

A 2013 poll showed that 28 percent of adults asked had not read a book in the past year. What are some of the reasons behind a continuing aversion to reading, and what can readers do to help?
Jon Gingerich

Kill Those Modifiers!

The overuse of adjectives and adverbs can ruin sentences and flatten descriptive passages.
Joshua Chaplinsky

Etymological Evolution: 12 Words Altered By Historical Misuse

Does the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Jon Gingerich

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
Jon Gingerich

The Art Of The Rewrite

A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.
Taylor Houston

Strong Words: Pumping Up Your Writing With Better Vocabulary

Flexing your vocabulary muscle makes your writing better, stronger, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.