Column by Ben Tanzer
Ben Tanzer discusses recent reads from Coco Picard, Tommy Dean, Rebecca Van Laer and Ravi Mangla that had a powerful effect on him.
Column by John Skipp May 25, 2020
Enjoy these COVID stories from Skipp, all bundled together using the ABC model. May they inspire you to construct your own.
Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Once you meet his characters you'll never forget them, especially Auntie Mame.
Column by Richard Thomas
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
Column by Richard Thomas June 8, 2017
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Review by Stephanie Bonjack
In a version of Victorian England, emotions manifest as Smoke pouring out of the body. Is it a disease? Is it sin? Why is there such an effort to control Smoke and information about it?
Column by Christopher Shultz May 8, 2015
WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS. Sometimes, there are villains in fiction that we hate with a burning passion, and seeing them die satiates our bloodlusty desires.
Column by Susan DeFreitas April 16, 2015
In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
Column by Richard Thomas February 24, 2015
Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Column by Christopher Shultz
All the best Journalism-with-a-capital-J, available in one convenient, customizable app—and it's free!
Column by BH Shepherd
A recipe for a good ensemble stock to use in your next literary concoction.
Column by Susan DeFreitas September 10, 2014
Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again.
Column by Susan DeFreitas July 11, 2014
Neuroscience reveals a lot about how evolution shaped our brains. It can also show us how to suck our readers in from page one and keep them turning the pages. Why? Because science.
Column by John Jarzemsky June 18, 2014
Bad guys are getting more and more popular in the realms of literature, film, and television. We've always been drawn to the other, but maybe there's another reason.
Column by Susan DeFreitas June 6, 2014
What are editors really looking for? A literary critter so elusive, so infrequently and sketchily described, it might as well be Sasquatch.
Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard
Everyone's on a journey in this debut collection of stories, where a layover, a sunrise or a karaoke-singing carwash attendant can alter the course of a life.
Column by Rob Blair Young May 7, 2014
Fiction doesn't excuse a work from poor arguments and misrepresentation of people, groups, beliefs, or ideas. After all, fiction creates the world.
Column by Robert Bieselin
Everyone knows you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. What this column presupposes is, maybe you should?
Column by Richard Thomas November 5, 2013
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
Column by Christopher Shultz September 12, 2013
Concise character and scene descriptions, emphasis on beats, lean dialogue, and page economy—the hallmarks of a well-written screenplay. Why not well-written prose, too?
Column by Leah Rhyne September 11, 2013
It's important to remember the past. Here are six books to help you remember World War II.
Column by Richard Thomas August 8, 2013
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.
Column by Richard Thomas July 2, 2013
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?
Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.