Some tips on how the seasons can service your story.
Eating and writing sometimes feel inextricably linked. Here are three food-based tips for research and editing.
If you have a likable protagonist, does that make for a more appealing, layered, and satisfying experience?
An open letter to Anne Sexton on her birthday.
There are a lot of ways that poetry can not only strengthen your writing career and author brand, but also your bank account.
Influence can come from any medium, not just the one you are working in.
In order to truly hate, you must love first, so write your characters with this complex relationship in mind.
Pantsers are the wild and wooly improvisational artists of the writing world. Here are some tools and approaches that can help them develop their stories without giving up their preferred style.
So you have to write something. Maybe it's the first thing you've written since high school. Don't worry, it's not that hard. We'll get through it together.
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.
Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
Contemporary poetry recommendations from the first half of 2022.
Is “Jude the Obscure” really anyone’s favorite book? What does “The Mayor of Casterbridge” say to the 21st century reader?
What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
A review of Sudowrite, fiction writing software that uses AI to generate content.
It's important to leave room for the reader. Here are some ways you can do that.
While there are some writing conventions that are generally agreed upon, the subtle things that make a story good may be more intangible than we like to think.
Why is so much evil in fiction so boring? How can you give those evil-doers a little life?
How to set the baseline and then take your readers somewhere else entirely.
We 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.
Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
Withholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.
There’s a lot that goes into naming a character. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five factors you should consider.
A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.