Dissecting body, mind, and soul in our storytelling.
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.
Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
How to set the baseline and then take your readers somewhere else entirely.
Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
By Peter Derk
Endings are the make or break of horror stories. Stop blowing it.
If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
Some tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.
By Gabriel Hart
Those who prescribe to a set system might be condemned to repeat mediocrity.
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.