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 (1) comments
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 (1) comments
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 (3) comments
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 (2) comments
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 (6) comments
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 (4) comments
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 (2) comments
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 Robbie Blair May 7, 2014 (8) comments
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 (14) comments
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
Column by Christopher Shultz September 12, 2013 (2) comments
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 (9) comments
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 (10) comments
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.
Column by Richard Thomas July 2, 2013 (15) comments
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?
Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013 (6) comments
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Column by BH Shepherd February 26, 2013 (2) comments
There is only one question that truly matters. What is it, and how do you answer it?
News by Dave Reuss
The results were announced today— you may already be a winner!
News by Dan Shewan November 14, 2012 (1) comments
Californian author Maggie Shipstead has won the prestigious Dylan Thomas prize for her debut novel, ‘Seating Arrangements.’
Review by Jack Joslin August 28, 2012 (2) comments
Do writers have a duty to their readers? A look at Martin Amis and his very angry novel 'Lionel Asbo: State of England'.
Column by John Jarzemsky July 16, 2012 (3) comments
Modern audiences are demanding more novelty from their stories, but how unique can writers get before form starts to suffer?
Column by Karina Wilson June 22, 2012 (15) comments
Despite the novelty of bath salts headlines, substance-induced psychosis is nothing new. Here's the Lurid Top Ten pick of the most nerve-jangling drug addiction stories from the last 200 years