By Peter Derk
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.
By Peter Derk
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.
In: ThemeIt’s easy to view these aesthetics as trends of small consequence, but it’s more interesting to watch their evolution against the scope of other romantic movements.
In: SettingHeyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.
In: PoetryAn open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
In: NarratorFresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
In: AbstractsHow to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
In: VoiceWhat you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
In: StructureSome tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
In: POVRichard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
In: RewritingIt's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.