Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
I'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
New year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
A screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.
From basic games to complex script analysis, actors have a thing or two to teach writers.
What does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.
Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.
Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
There are many ways to tell a true story--here are just a few.
Books are not always innocent creations. Time and again, the written word has helped to both inflame and resolve human conflicts.
What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.
NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.
I dare you to scare me. 25 words. 2 sentences. Endless opportunity for horror and pre-Halloween fright.