Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.
Everything you need to know about the vacuum of space, its effects on the human body, and SCIENCE!
The Oxford comma has been a highly divisive issue within the literary community for many years. But how did it come to be this way, and is one side actually correct?
We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Print was supposed to die with the new millennium, but a number of digital publications have recently opted to go against the grain and begin production of hard copy editions.
How "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
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?
Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
I'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
New year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
A screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.
From basic games to complex script analysis, actors have a thing or two to teach writers.
What does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.
Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.
Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.