Robbie Blair

Why Netflix Makes You a Better Writer

In: Research
Today's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Beyond the Good/Bad Character Dichotomy

In: Character
Crafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
Jacey Cockrobin

Etymological Evolution: 12 Words Altered By Historical Misuse

Does the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
Robbie Blair

8 Signs It's Time to Scrap Your Writing Project

In: Rewriting
8 warning signs that you may want to throw your latest manuscript under the lawnmower.
Taylor Houston

10 Things You Should Know About Plurals

In: Grammar
When you have more than one, sometimes just adding an "s" doesn't cut it. Here are few things you should know about plural nouns.
Robbie Blair

8 Words to Seek and Destroy in Your Writing

In: Phrases
8 frequently abused words or phrases that gum up your content. Stars of the show include "suddenly," "then," "is," "started," "very," "that," "like," and "in order to."
Kimberly Turner

Technology: Help Or Hindrance To Writers?

In: Workshop
Is technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dynamic Settings

Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
Jon Gingerich

Understanding the Objective Correlative

One way to embed a central theme in a story is with the use of a literary device commonly referred to as the Objective Correlative.
Erin Reel

The 3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them?

In: Rewriting
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.
Taylor Houston

Up Close and Personal: A Personality Expose of the Personal Essay

Get to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
Jon Gingerich

Big ‘A’ Little ‘a’: Writing Between the Concrete and Abstract

In: Voice
One the most widely misunderstood — yet crucial — skills a writer must learn is the ability to put specific actions on the page that transcend into larger, universal concepts.
Stephen Graham Jones

Direct-Address Commafication

In: Grammar
Donate now to help save the direct-address comma! Get it off the endangered species list! All it takes is one well-placed keystroke, people. All it takes is a little integrity.
Kimberly Turner

Seven Badass Authors And Their Potentially Deadly Research Methods

In: Research
New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Taylor Houston

10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong

In: Grammar
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
Rob Hart

The Art of the Content Edit: 10 Ways To Make Sure You're Doing It Right

The proofreading phase is when a book gets pretty--but the content edit is when you really bring the story home. Here's how to do it right.
Jon Gingerich

Getting Over It, Getting It Out: On Embracing A Bad First Draft

Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
Kimberly Turner

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Taylor Houston

Why I Volunteer for Writing Festivals like Wordstock (and Why You Should, Too)

In: Workshop
Volunteering for Wordstock keeps me sane. You should try it!
Jon Gingerich

Art and the Aphorism

Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Sex

How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Taylor Houston

What's Your Style?: Style Guides and How to Use Them

In: Grammar
Whether you are actually going back to school this fall, or you just need an excuse to go to the bookstore, we have compiled a list of the most well known style guides and how to use them.