In: ClicheWhere are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
In: RewritingA look at how accepting the crap you write during early drafts can both accelerate the writing process and feed your story.
In: ResearchNo idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.
Ghostly Doppelgangers, Bell-Ringing Goblins, and More Cranky Old Rich Jerks: Get in the Holiday Spirit With Some Lesser Known Dickens
In: ThemeCan't get enough Dickens at Christmas time? Check out his lesser-known holiday-themed works.
In: Literary DevicesIncluding mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
In: ThemeIt's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
In: PoetryIs your brain getting flabby from too much science fiction writing? Shake up your writing routine by trying out one of the oldest forms in the book. That's right--write a sonnet!
In: ResearchToday's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
In: CharacterCrafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
In: VocabularyDoes the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
In: Rewriting8 warning signs that you may want to throw your latest manuscript under the lawnmower.
In: Phrases8 frequently abused words or phrases that gum up your content. Stars of the show include "suddenly," "then," "is," "started," "very," "that," "like," and "in order to."
In: WorkshopIs technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?