A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript involves blood.
Research is important, but you don't want to become a researcher. Learn how to research as a writer instead of writing as a researcher.
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action.
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.'
If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
Want to make a reader shiver? Here are a few tips.
Why is the new Microsoft Word trying to boss me around?
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
'Retrograde' author Kat Hausler ponders the question: Should you base your characters on people you know? Well, yes and no...
Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
People curse. If your stories don't curse too, how authentic are you being to the world you are creating?
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it.
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."