How to structure horror fiction with a standup comedian's POV.
This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.
Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Is there enough meat on the bone to support your word count? It depends on a number of variables.
Davidson finds her debut novel, "Sybelia Drive", over the course of 20 years of wandering.
Advice on how to make your denouement really shine.
Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
By BH Shepherd
A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
By Peter Derk
Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.
By Joshua Isard
Make Freytag's Pyramid work for you, not the other way around.
Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
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.
Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?
Is there a linguistic elegance to code? Is it only ever for issuing commands, or can it be for the enjoyment of the programmer?
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.
In: Brokeback Mountain, Chuck Palahniuk, Cormac McCarthy, Elena Ferrante, Jy Yang, List, Sex, Sex Scenes, Structure
Unearned sex scenes are hard to swallow. Here are five writers that get to the guts of what's at stake when we get naked.
No writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?