Great characters aren't just words: they're living, breathing people, as real as you or me. But where do they come from? How does one birth a character with depth and soul?
Have you ever wished that Rivendell existed so that you could go there next spring break? Fictional realists argue that technically, it does.
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
Songs are poems, too. Or, the article in which I mention Katy Perry, Yeezy, Ezra Pound, Dante, and Flight of the Concords.
Revered Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but not before years of contribution to the art of storytelling.
This column illustrates editing techniques by offering detailed edits to paragraphs submitted by the readers.
You're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!
Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
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!