Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Skilled writers perform a kind of optical illusion of the mind's eye, creating language that matches and expands upon our own real life experiences.
How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?
Is there a linguistic elegance to code? Is it only ever for issuing commands, or can it be for the enjoyment of the programmer?
No one wants your book to be perfect more than your proofreader. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
Advice on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign from someone who's done it.
If you want to get the feel for a town, strip clubs are a good place to start. Rob Hart shares his strip club experiences and how they've influenced his new novel, CITY OF ROSE.
Sometimes our world and others overlap, like the center of a Venn diagram. These new worlds that still retain vestiges of our own offer a unique angle; they allow the author to make comparisons.
A look at the theme of storytelling throughout Quentin Tarantino's filmography.
How to write about love in your fiction.
'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.
Unearned sex scenes are hard to swallow. Here are five writers that get to the guts of what's at stake when we get naked.
Seems like "rhetoric" is always in the news lately. And it's never good. But why?
You want to edit your own writing. Here's how to get started.
One of your favorite literary characters takes on life's big questions.
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
The Star Wars prequels almost killed the Star Wars franchise and it wasn't just because of Hayden Christensen's acting. The toxic element was an overdose of backstory.
You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?
This FX TV series may not always concern itself with plot, but it always loves its characters. But how much is too much?
Suzy Vitello, aka "the den mom," knows how to throw a great book party. After all, she was taught by the master of the literary festivus, Chuck Palahniuk. Need some ideas for your own launch? Read on.
No writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
It's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.
If you want any chance of writing believable characters and stories worth reading, then being able to empathize with all of your characters must be your top priority.