In: Abstracts, Character, Dialogue, Grammar, Literary Devices, Narrator, Objects, Phrases, Plot, POV, Research, Rewriting, Structure, Verbs, Voice, Word Play, Workshop
Chuck surprised us all with a new batch of essays for 2014 & 2015! There is no exact timeline on how these will roll out, so just keep an eye on the site.
Concrete, practical methods for improving your writing.
36 exclusive craft essays on writing you won't find anywhere else online. The knowledge here is equivalent to what you'd get in an MFA program.
By Repo Kempt
In: Word PlayA review of Sudowrite, fiction writing software that uses AI to generate content.
In: VoiceIt's important to leave room for the reader. Here are some ways you can do that.
By Jay Wilburn
In: CharacterWhy is so much evil in fiction so boring? How can you give those evil-doers a little life?
In: PoetryWe still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.
In: Literary DevicesWithholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.
In: CharacterThere’s a lot that goes into naming a character. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five factors you should consider.
By Jay Wilburn
In: Cliche1980 was over 40 years ago. 80s horror movies are now all classics or didn't stand the test of time. Either way, they can teach us a lot about good and bad writing.
In: RewritingNick Kolakowski's revised trio of novellas, now titled "Love & Bullets", is out from Shotgun Honey this month. He has some advice...
In: Literary DevicesWriters have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
In: ResearchNonfiction reading recommendations for witches, witchy writers, or writers writing about witches.
In: ResearchSome suggestions on the books writers should read every year.
In: StructureEndings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.
In: GrammarIn 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
In: PoetrySometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.