Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.
Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
We all know genres aren't male or female, but if they all ended up in a bar fight, would poetry be the manliest?
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Honest, real advice for making it through your first book tour.
Prepare to wet your pants.
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.
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.
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet
A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.
Interested in experimenting with traditional form poetry but not sure where to start, or if you'll like it? Suggestions for poets who want to avoid rhyme, avoid meter, keep it quick, or just have fun.
A guide to researching and writing about autopsies in crime and horror fiction.
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?