The Changing Character

Column by Jon Gingerich December 29, 2011
Does a character have to “change” during the course of a story? Do they have to evolve? Or can they continue behaving the same as always, even at the end of the narrative?

Merits of Other Mediums: Going Beyond Books to Improve Your Craft

Column by Brandon Tietz December 27, 2011
Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.

Putting An End To Plot Conveniences

Column by Jon Gingerich December 21, 2011
Writers are often faced with the predicament of writing themselves into a plot corner. We know where our stories are supposed to go, but the plot becomes an impasse to resolution instead of a gateway.

That’s So Meta: Writing A Story About Writing A Story

Column by Taylor Houston December 20, 2011
When narrators escape--a discussion of metafiction.

On Dialogue Tags: Why Anything Besides 'Said' And 'Asked' Is Lazy Writing

Column by Rob Hart December 15, 2011
Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Column by Taylor Houston December 12, 2011
Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.

The Art Of The Rewrite

Column by Jon Gingerich December 7, 2011
A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

Column by Richard Thomas December 5, 2011
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.

“I tell the truth, even when I lie.”: A Discussion of Unreliable Narrators

Column by Taylor Houston December 1, 2011
Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.

When To Show, When To Tell

Column by Jon Gingerich November 25, 2011
Maintaining action is paramount in fiction, but sooner or later we’ll need to deliver expository details for our stories to make sense. So, how do writers engage while providing character depth?

Writing Sentences With Impact

Column by Jon Gingerich November 9, 2011
A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

Column by Richard Thomas November 8, 2011
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?

Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

Column by Taylor Houston November 1, 2011
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.

Write Characters In A Representation-Free Zone

Column by Jon Gingerich October 27, 2011
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.

Three Things the Author of "Gods and Monsters" Learned by Listening to His Students

Column by Christopher Bram October 26, 2011
Three Things the Author of "Gods and Monsters" Learned by Listening to His Students.

Out of Order: A Discussion of Nonlinear Narrative Structure

Column by Taylor Houston October 25, 2011
A Discussion of Non-linear Narrative Structure

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Column by Richard Thomas October 19, 2011
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice

Don't Leave Me Hanging...

Column by Taylor Houston October 17, 2011
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.

An Exquisite Corpse: Tips for Brainstorming your National Novel Writing Month Plot

Column by Taylor Houston October 13, 2011
How to Generate plot ideas for your NaNoWriMo novel.

Which P.O.V Is Right For Your Story?

Column by Jon Gingerich October 12, 2011
A list of the different modes of point of view, with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Submit Yourself: A Submissions Calendar is a Smart Idea

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen October 11, 2011
A submissions calendar is a smart idea, but it helps to know where to submit and who's accepting each month. In this column we break it all down for you, one month at a time.

Cliche, the Literary Default

Column by Jon Gingerich October 5, 2011
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?

This Is Not Oklahoma: OK vs. Okay

Column by Stephen Graham Jones October 3, 2011
This Is Not Oklahoma: OK vs. Okay. In the Age of the Laze Abbreviation, can we all just agree that it looks stupid?