In: CharacterRevered Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but not before years of contribution to the art of storytelling.
By Gayle Towell
In: RewritingThis column illustrates editing techniques by offering detailed edits to paragraphs submitted by the readers.
In: RewritingYou're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!
In: ThemeTrade romance sales make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer book market, yet they carry a lot of negative associations. Does romance deserve a second chance?
By Robbie Blair
In: Character"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
By BH Shepherd
In: Literary DevicesDetails are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
In: PlotNew year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
In: VoiceA screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
By Troy Farah
In: WorkshopJournalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
By Troy Farah
In: ClicheIn this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
In: Word PlayWhat does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.