Column by Jay Wilburn
After ghostwriting many romance novels, Jay Wilburn learned some lessons that helped with writing stories in other genres.
Column by Autumn Christian
Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.
Column by Richard Thomas
Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.
Column by Peter Derk
Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
Column by Amanda Bender
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
Column by Annie Neugebauer
Why don’t we like to read happy books? Why aren’t there more? Not just books with happy parts or endings, but books about people who are genuinely happy?
Column by JS Breukelaar
No writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
Column by Max Booth III November 12, 2015
If you want any chance of writing believable characters and stories worth reading, then being able to empathize with all of your characters must be your top priority.