Taylor Houston

Strong Words: Pumping Up Your Writing With Better Vocabulary

Flexing your vocabulary muscle makes your writing better, stronger, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

In: Research
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Taylor Houston

Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

In: Setting, Theme
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.
Jon Gingerich

Write Characters In A Representation-Free Zone

Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Taylor Houston

Don't Leave Me Hanging...

The ending is the most important part, and as a writer you should want to write a spectacular ending because, hey, you did a heck-of-a-lot of work on the beginning and middle parts.
Jon Gingerich

Cliche, the Literary Default

Stories start from a default position of cliché: readers go into stories with expectations, and if too many are fulfilled the spell is broken. So, how do writers engage when the odds are against them?
Stephen Graham Jones

This Is Not Oklahoma: OK vs. Okay

In: Grammar
This Is Not Oklahoma: OK vs. Okay. In the Age of the Laze Abbreviation, can we all just agree that it looks stupid?