'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.
Unearned sex scenes are hard to swallow. Here are five writers that get to the guts of what's at stake when we get naked.
Seems like "rhetoric" is always in the news lately. And it's never good. But why?
You want to edit your own writing. Here's how to get started.
One of your favorite literary characters takes on life's big questions.
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
The Star Wars prequels almost killed the Star Wars franchise and it wasn't just because of Hayden Christensen's acting. The toxic element was an overdose of backstory.
You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?
This FX TV series may not always concern itself with plot, but it always loves its characters. But how much is too much?
Suzy Vitello, aka "the den mom," knows how to throw a great book party. After all, she was taught by the master of the literary festivus, Chuck Palahniuk. Need some ideas for your own launch? Read on.
No writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
It's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.
If you want any chance of writing believable characters and stories worth reading, then being able to empathize with all of your characters must be your top priority.
Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
What happens if you need to set a story in a place you've never seen? Melissa F. Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series, walks you through how to plan a location research trip.
Perspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
'Mr. Robot' has transformed its parent network USA from sad loser to crowing superstar. How? With superb writing. Here's what we can learn from its success.
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.
Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
The article in which I call out my Alma Mater for being stodgy ol’ hypocrites.
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
These books could easily jump off the page and onto your screens.
Rape is a sensitive topic that deserve a complex portrayal, but major trends in media and fiction fail to reach that complexity—and often cause a lot of damage.