Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.
Where have all the villains gone?
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.
Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.
Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
We all know genres aren't male or female, but if they all ended up in a bar fight, would poetry be the manliest?
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Honest, real advice for making it through your first book tour.
Prepare to wet your pants.
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.
Some dystopian tales to remind us to be careful what we wish for-—Heaven on Earth is just the B-side to End of Days.
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.