Melissa F. Olson

Writing the Unknown Setting: 8 Tips on Conducting a Research Trip for your WIP

What happens if you need to set a story in a place you've never seen? Melissa F. Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series, walks you through how to plan a location research trip.
Leah Dearborn

12 Productive Ways to be Unproductive

Procrastination doesn’t have to be a complete waste of time. Instead, it can be only sort of a waste of time.
Christopher Shultz

In Defense of (and Against) 'Write What You Know'

It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?
George Cotronis

DIY Book Covers for the Self Publishing-Inclined Part 2

You've learned how to combine stock images to create vaguely interesting book covers. Time to learn some easy typography tricks.
George Cotronis

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing

Sometimes you'd rather read about writing than write. That's okay, we got you covered.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Shifting Sympathies

Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advance Your Writing Career—NOW!

Advance your writing career right now! Hop to it—some tips and tricks.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Avoiding Tropes in Horror

What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made of SCIENCE: Cloning

Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!

On Weed: Should Writers Write While High?

Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Leah Rhyne

So You Want to Write A Book: Part 0 — Ready, Set, Don't Go Yet

In this, the first in a new series of columns about the mechanics of writing a book, we'll talk about the prep work that should occur before you even sit down at your computer/notebook/typewriter.
Leah Dearborn

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction

Sitting in a classroom or wandering through a sterile museum, we often feel estranged from history. But history is really about people, and that’s what makes it such fertile ground for writers.
Leah Dearborn

The Curious, Poetic Lives of the Rossetti Siblings

Born to a literary scholar obsessed with the works of Dante, siblings Christina and Dante Rossetti would respectively become some of the most famous poets of the Victorian era.

On Research: The World is Full of Experts

The author of 'The Last Policeman' trilogy extolls the virtues of going out into the real world for your research.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Put Together an Anthology

Tips and information about how to put together an anthology of short stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Putting Your Life in Your Fiction

Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Library Love: America’s Athenaeums

Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Vacuum Of Space

Everything you need to know about the vacuum of space, its effects on the human body, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Leah Dearborn

Is Print the Popular Kid Again?

Print was supposed to die with the new millennium, but a number of digital publications have recently opted to go against the grain and begin production of hard copy editions.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Book Review

Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.