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.
Symbolism allows writers to get themselves off the page and lets their words do the talking.
What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.
Old Nick has left his stamp on literature ever since men began putting pen to paper. Whether literally or figuratively, nearly everyone has a demon or two waiting to jump onto the page.
What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.