Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Let the debates begin! Three books that made me want to be a better writer and better person, and three books that made me want to gouge my eyes out.
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Quotations marks, italics, em dashes, or none of the above: these are a few different ways to punctuate dialogue in your prose.
There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
Struggling to make effective cuts? This article walks you through four strategies for trimming, tightening, and focusing your work.
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Two sentences. 25 words. Flash!
Do you ever feel like you are reading the same things over and over again? Well, you are. Here are five familiar literary allusions explained.
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
Flash fiction can help writers answer vital questions: How can you identify which words to cut? How can you use subtlety to increase the power of your prose? And what's at the heart of a story?
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
New Rules: 25 words. 2 sentences.
Who can save the planet from the deadly Grammar Nazis? The Superheroes of Literature, that's who!
What do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
Some things to have taken into consideration while writing your story. Not rules, just after-the-fact guidelines.
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Like Sonny & Cher on February 2nd, redundancies in your writing are driving your readers crazy.
Writers are often told to avoid information dumps at all costs, but this can leave a story feeling clipped and lacking necessary description.
The overuse of adjectives and adverbs can ruin sentences and flatten descriptive passages.