Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
An analysis of Mrs. Coulter in the recent TV adaptation of "His Dark Materials" shows writers how to craft complex villains.
This is a literary name everyone should know.
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
Why would anyone with dyslexia try to be a writer? Ask Anne Rice, Richard Ford, or sit down and let me tell you my story.
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.
Always be passionate about what you believe, but write in a way that give readers the benefit of the doubt.
This article offers authors strategies for exploring the darker side of sex with safety and consent in mind.
When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Timeless literature begins with the youngest readers.
The role of real events in fictional stories is an unavoidable aspect of an author's signature voice—and even the authors themselves don't know where the line between the two is drawn.
Take your readers on an emotional journey that will stay with them even after the final page is turned.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
I hate to say it in this context, but you can do better.
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
Stereotypes are played out. It's time to get REAL and write people the way they actually are.
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
A list of thirteen egregious offenses committed while creating diverse stories, coupled with solutions writers can adopt to approach race or any other minority status with sensitivity and respect.
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
Want to write memorable characters? You're going to want to give them these.
Writing women sounds easy... until you have to make them realistic. How does an author craft female characters that real women can relate to?