By Jay Wilburn
In: RewritingNo first draft is perfect. We all have bad habits and bad habits show up a lot. Here are 10 things Jay Wilburn seems to find in all his first drafts.
By Gabriel Hart
In: ResearchThink about all the stories that fall under radar, which sculpted your town into the place it is today.
By Peter Derk
In: ThemeI love "A Christmas Carol", and I thought I'd seen every version out there—I was wrong.
By Leah Rhyne
In: Live ReadingMany literary festivals went virtual in 2020 (& likely will do so for the first part of 2021). This is a first-hand account of why my organization did it, how we did it, & how we (barely) survived.
In: WorkshopAdvice on how to be a good critique partner, no matter what the situation.
In: VoiceThe first line. The first paragraph. The first page. The first chapter. They all matter. A lot. Here are some things you should keep in mind to get them right.
In: Literary DevicesTips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
In: PoetryHorror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.
In: Live ReadingI am lonely and miss performing for people. Let's take a trip down memory lane.
In: PhrasesEmploy language that allows the audience to believe your characters believe what is happening.
In: CharacterThe Weeping Monk is by far one of the most compelling characters in Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller's 'Cursed', and is a prime example of how to craft a redemption arc.
In: ResearchWhy should you get your stories reprinted? It can help your career!
By Lisa Bubert
In: RewritingWhat are those pesky rejection letters actually telling you?
In: WorkshopApplying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.
By BH Shepherd
In: CharacterA brief explanation of why it is inappropriate for police officers to incorporate the Punisher's symbol into their uniforms.