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.
Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
There are many ways to tell a true story--here are just a few.
Books are not always innocent creations. Time and again, the written word has helped to both inflame and resolve human conflicts.
What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.
NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.
I dare you to scare me. 25 words. 2 sentences. Endless opportunity for horror and pre-Halloween fright.
Symbolism allows writers to get themselves off the page and lets their words do the talking.
What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.
Old Nick has left his stamp on literature ever since men began putting pen to paper. Whether literally or figuratively, nearly everyone has a demon or two waiting to jump onto the page.
What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Get another chance to win one of three copies we are giving away of Chuck Palahniuk's next book Doomed by writing a metaphor for Purgatory in 25 words or less.
There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.