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.
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.
Tips and trick for writing a compelling novel synopsis.
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?
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.
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
By Cina Pelayo
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.
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
As writers, then, we want to ask our readers to do the right kind of work, the kind that helps them engage with our stories as much as possible.
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.
By Peter Derk
Ask yourself: When's the last time I had one of my characters tell a real whopper?
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Jeff Noon
Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.
By Alex Segura
Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction
By Peter Derk
In: Character, documentary, Legal, Making A Murderer, Netflix, Plot, Steve Avery, Structure, Television, True Crime
'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.