Leah Rhyne

What To Do When Your Book Jumps the Shark

In: Rewriting
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
Holly Slater

The Mini-Guide To Writing Sex For Your Genre

In: Character
There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Max Booth III

10 Things We Can Learn About Writing from 'You’re the Worst'

In: Character
We dig deep into Stephen Falk's complicated FXX series.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns

In: Research
An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Forrest Gump'

In: Character
Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

In: Research
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Dead Bodies

In: Research
This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
Holly Slater

8 Mini Grammar Studies in Modern Music

In: Grammar
Music is a great way to remember specific details. When you take a closer look at the lyrics in certian songs, you can easily remember tricky grammar devices and spend less time looking things up.
Leah Dearborn

Buy Your Villain a Birthday Present: 5 More Development Exercises

In: Character
Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Max Booth III

What 'Stranger Things' Can Teach Us About Characterization

In: Character
Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
Leah Rhyne

I Am So Evil - The Problem With Devilish Bad Guys

In: Character
Does your bad guy know he's bad? Does she want to hurt people? Or is your bad guy one who thinks, "Hmm...I'm the good guy here."? Which is more compelling? An exploration of antagonists.
Beth Lewis (credit: Andrew Mason)

How to Persevere in Your Writing

In: Rewriting
You've got a long road ahead of you. Here's how to persevere.
Holly Slater

6 Tips For Cleaning Up Your Dirty Words (Grammatically, Of Course)

In: Grammar
You don’t want your expletives to be too dirty. I mean, the fun kind of dirty, yes, but dirty, lousy with grammar and punctuation mistakes? No fuckin’ way.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Introducing Your Children to Horror

In: Research
A guide to turning your kids on to horror.
Taylor Houston

12 Grammar and Writing Tips from Archer

In: Grammar
The animated show 'Archer' is a grammar-lovers wet dream.
Repo Kempt

5 Tips on Researching Legal Jargon for Writers

In: Research
Whether your protagonist is a hotshot attorney walking into a murder trial or a convicted criminal awaiting his appeal, it’s important that you maintain your authority by using the correct jargon.
Susan DeFreitas

10 Mistakes (Almost) Every Rookie Writer Makes — Part Two

In: Grammar
Or, Stuff That Makes You Look Wet Behind the Ears, Part Two: The Craft Edition.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Six Dark Contemporary Films That Can Inspire Your Fiction

Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Leah Dearborn

The Optical Illusion of Perspective In Storytelling

In: POV
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.
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Badlands'

In: Structure
How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?
Leah Dearborn

Finding Poetry In Computer Code

In: Structure
Is there a linguistic elegance to code? Is it only ever for issuing commands, or can it be for the enjoyment of the programmer?