Some tips for how to end 2019 and set up 2020 for writing success.
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
Why would anyone with dyslexia try to be a writer? Ask Anne Rice, Richard Ford, or sit down and let me tell you my story.
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.
This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.