Withholding: The Secret To Comedy Writing

Withholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Coming Up With The Perfect Character Name

In: Character
There’s a lot that goes into naming a character. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five factors you should consider.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Emily Dickinson

A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What Makes Your Stories Uniquely You?

In: POV, Voice
Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.
Jay Wilburn

Writing Lessons Learned from 80s Horror Movies

In: Cliche
1980 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.
Nick Kolakowski

Revisiting a Work You’ve Already Published: Things to Keep in Mind

In: Rewriting
Nick Kolakowski's revised trio of novellas, now titled "Love & Bullets", is out from Shotgun Honey this month. He has some advice...
Leah Dearborn

Advice from a 19th Century Governess and How Writing About Writing Has Changed

Writers have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Nonfiction Reads to Strengthen Your Relationship with the Witch

In: Research
Nonfiction reading recommendations for witches, witchy writers, or writers writing about witches.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Books You Should Read Every Year

In: Research
Some suggestions on the books writers should read every year.

Stick the Landing: How to End a Horror Story

In: Structure
Endings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Massive, Multi-Pronged Hook

If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
Taylor Houston

Lessons from 10 Years of Writing About Grammar

In: Grammar
In 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
Karina Wilson

LURID: Moral Panic in Poetry — A Quilt for David

In: Poetry
Sometimes 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.
David James Keaton

Jack of Shrugtown

I read my first Jack Reacher book, and there were so many shrugs. Jack Reacher has come to shrug and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Critical Analysis—An Essential Part of Your Process

How to apply critical analysis to your own writing.
Leah Dearborn

A Brief Stroll Down the Corridors of Dark Academia and Its Romantic Roots

In: Theme
It’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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Ask For, and Give, Book Blurbs

In: Research
Tips and tricks for navigating the world of book blurbs.
Leah Dearborn

Happy Birthday To Georgette Heyer, the Salty Godmother of Regency Romance

In: Setting
Heyer 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.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Charles Bukowski

In: Poetry
An open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
Nick Kolakowski

Big Bugs and Dead Astronauts: The Joys of a Non-Human Narrator

In: Narrator
Fresh ideas can be learned from books told from a different perspective.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Authentic Fiction

In: Abstracts
How to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.
Megan J Kaleita

Freelance Copywriting Nearly Killed My Voice as A Writer

In: Voice
What you write matters. Getting paid is not enough.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scene Breaks

In: Structure
Some tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Story Dissection — "In His House"

Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Evaluating Your Work in Progress—As Author, Editor, and Reader

In: Rewriting
It's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.