Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.
Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.
Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
Certain writers demand to be read, and doing so is a class to all who do. Don Winslow is one of them.
It's a new decade! Let's look back on 10 years of giving grammar advice.
Some tips for how to end 2019 and set up 2020 for writing success.
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
This is a literary name everyone should know.
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
Why would anyone with dyslexia try to be a writer? Ask Anne Rice, Richard Ford, or sit down and let me tell you my story.
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.
Always be passionate about what you believe, but write in a way that give readers the benefit of the doubt.
This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Timeless literature begins with the youngest readers.
The role of real events in fictional stories is an unavoidable aspect of an author's signature voice—and even the authors themselves don't know where the line between the two is drawn.
Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.