K. Tempest Bradford

Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms

In: Character
Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

In: Research
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Leah Rhyne

Elizabeth Bennet: The Original Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

In: Research
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Gunshot Wounds

In: Research
A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.
Annie Neugebauer

A Traditional Form Poetry Starter Pack

In: Poetry
Interested in experimenting with traditional form poetry but not sure where to start, or if you'll like it? Suggestions for poets who want to avoid rhyme, avoid meter, keep it quick, or just have fun.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Autopsies

In: Research
A guide to researching and writing about autopsies in crime and horror fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: When to Be Conventional, and When to Be Weird

In: Rewriting
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
BH Shepherd

What 'Westworld' Can Teach Us About Writers

In: Character
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
Repo Kempt

5 Horrifying Monsters That Aren't Vampires, Zombies or Werewolves!

In: Research
Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.
Leah Rhyne

What To Do When Your Book Jumps the Shark

In: Rewriting
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
Holly Kothe

The Mini-Guide To Writing Sex For Your Genre

In: Character
There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Max Booth III

10 Things We Can Learn About Writing from 'You’re the Worst'

In: Character
We dig deep into Stephen Falk's complicated FXX series.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns

In: Research
An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Forrest Gump'

In: Character
Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

In: Research
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Dead Bodies

In: Research
This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
Holly Kothe

8 Mini Grammar Studies in Modern Music

In: Grammar
Music is a great way to remember specific details. When you take a closer look at the lyrics in certian songs, you can easily remember tricky grammar devices and spend less time looking things up.
Leah Dearborn

Buy Your Villain a Birthday Present: 5 More Development Exercises

In: Character
Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Max Booth III

What 'Stranger Things' Can Teach Us About Characterization

In: Character
Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
Leah Rhyne

I Am So Evil - The Problem With Devilish Bad Guys

In: Character
Does your bad guy know he's bad? Does she want to hurt people? Or is your bad guy one who thinks, "Hmm...I'm the good guy here."? Which is more compelling? An exploration of antagonists.
Beth Lewis (credit: Andrew Mason)

How to Persevere in Your Writing

In: Rewriting
You've got a long road ahead of you. Here's how to persevere.
Holly Kothe

6 Tips For Cleaning Up Your Dirty Words (Grammatically, Of Course)

In: Grammar
You don’t want your expletives to be too dirty. I mean, the fun kind of dirty, yes, but dirty, lousy with grammar and punctuation mistakes? No fuckin’ way.