Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
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.
Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
By Joshua Isard
The word existential may have, in some contexts, devolved into an epithet for things that seem deep or important, but that’s not really what it means.
By C.S. Humble
For author C.S. Humble, one of the most reliable narrative materials to build a story with is family.
Will this article finally bring Sports Twitter and Writer Twitter together? Will the Dolphins draft Tua? Can writers really learn writing tips from watching the NFL Draft?
Want to write and live with empathy? Maybe there's a way.
Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.
Bumper stickers are the right place for "I love my wife." Novels are the place to tell the truth.
Crafting a mystery series can be fraught with peril, but tackle these three questions and you’re guaranteed to unlock what lies at the heart of the terror.
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.