What happens if you need to set a story in a place you've never seen? Melissa F. Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series, walks you through how to plan a location research trip.
Perspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.
'Mr. Robot' has transformed its parent network USA from sad loser to crowing superstar. How? With superb writing. Here's what we can learn from its success.
If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
The article in which I call out my Alma Mater for being stodgy ol’ hypocrites.
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
These books could easily jump off the page and onto your screens.
Rape is a sensitive topic that deserve a complex portrayal, but major trends in media and fiction fail to reach that complexity—and often cause a lot of damage.
Tips and advice for a pleasant convention experience.
When done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
If you've realized that you accidentally wrote a Mary Sue, this article will help you change that overpowered lead into a relatable character.
It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
The guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.
In an era where every story is recycled, how do we as writers strive for originality?
Are your character arcs falling flat? This article teaches you five strategies for improving them.
There once was a show about a girl named Piper, but no more. And that might be the best thing going for Netflix's hit series.
Sometimes the rules make no effing sense. Here are few that drive me crazy.
You want to sell your novel or land an agent? Well, you need an elevator pitch and synopsis to do so. Here's Elevator Pitch 101.
You want to write words, but you'd rather watch some TV and eat nachos. Don't, I'll help you get writing.
The Grammar Nazi's mission in life is to point out all the ways that you, the writer, have managed to butcher the English language. Sometimes those people are right. But sometimes they're wrong.
You've learned how to combine stock images to create vaguely interesting book covers. Time to learn some easy typography tricks.
Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.