BH Shepherd

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Writing Outside Your Box

In: Poetry
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Stop Being Lazy and Write Different Types of Characters

Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Travel Can Inform Your Writing

In: Research
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
Andrea J. Johnson

13 Reasons Why Your Novel Sucks At Diversity

In: Character
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.

Revisiting Old Works-in-Progress: 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of It

In: Rewriting
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Cina Pelayo

The Top Three Things Your Character Needs

In: Character
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

So You Want to Write Women

In: Character
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Max Booth III

Two Truths and One Lie: How to Use Real Experience to Write a Story

In: Structure
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Christopher Shultz

Is It Really Such A Bad Thing To Give The Audience What They Want?

Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
Cina Pelayo

Writing a Novel With Save the Cat!

The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
Autumn Christian

5 Lessons Fiction Writers Can Learn From Video Games

If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Edgy Fiction Without Being Obnoxious

In: Abstracts
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
Amanda Bender

The Great Game of Balancing Character and Plot

It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
Repo Kempt

10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read

In: Research
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Tips for a Superb Reading

Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Sympathy for the Devil

In: Character, POV
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Repo Kempt

Writing Horror Using All Five Senses

In: Word Play
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.
Joshua Isard

Improve Your Stories By Eliminating Agendas

The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reading Broadly to Write Better

In: Research
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Repo Kempt

Tackling the Dreaded Rewrite

In: Rewriting
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Two: Why Your Beta Readers Never Finished Your Novel

In: Character
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?