In: RewritingStruggling to make effective cuts? This article walks you through four strategies for trimming, tightening, and focusing your work.
In: PhrasesDo you ever feel like you are reading the same things over and over again? Well, you are. Here are five familiar literary allusions explained.
In: VoiceDamaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
In: CharacterLooking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
In: StructureFlash fiction can help writers answer vital questions: How can you identify which words to cut? How can you use subtlety to increase the power of your prose? And what's at the heart of a story?
In: ResearchThere needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
By Cath Murphy
In: Literary DevicesWhat do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
In: CharacterIn order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
In: ResearchWhen you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
By Erik Wecks
In: ClicheWhere are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
In: RewritingA look at how accepting the crap you write during early drafts can both accelerate the writing process and feed your story.