Max Booth III

Two Truths and One Lie: How to Use Real Experience to Write a Story

In: Structure
Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Christopher Shultz

Is It Really Such A Bad Thing To Give The Audience What They Want?

Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.
Cina Pelayo

Writing a Novel With Save the Cat!

The Cat has had its way with the screenplay, and now it has turned its sights on novels.
Autumn Christian

5 Lessons Fiction Writers Can Learn From Video Games

If you're a writer who likes games and needed an excuse to play more, here it is.
Autumn Christian

How to Write Edgy Fiction Without Being Obnoxious

In: Abstracts
Edgy fiction is difficult to pull off - and requires a depth and understanding of history, literature, and yourself. It's not about repeating what's been done before. It's about expanding it.
Amanda Bender

The Great Game of Balancing Character and Plot

It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?
Repo Kempt

10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read

In: Research
Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Tips for a Superb Reading

Reading your work in public matters. A lot. Here's how to do it right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Sympathy for the Devil

In: Character, POV
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
Repo Kempt

Writing Horror Using All Five Senses

In: Word Play
How to effectively use sensory details to connect with readers and maximize the fear in your writing.
Joshua Isard

Improve Your Stories By Eliminating Agendas

The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reading Broadly to Write Better

In: Research
In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.
Repo Kempt

Tackling the Dreaded Rewrite

In: Rewriting
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Two: Why Your Beta Readers Never Finished Your Novel

In: Character
You worked hard on that book, and your beta readers never even finished the damn thing. Why?
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part One: Why No One Cares About Your Protagonist

In: Character
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
Max Booth III

5 Unconventional Methods of Writing a Story

Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.

10 Must-Know Tips For Outlining Your Novel

If you're struggling to get your novel off of the ground, an outline can potentially rescue you from all of your toils.
BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.

Instead of Joining a Book Club This Year, Subscribe To a Literary Podcast

In: Research
Make it your New Year's Resolution to find and read more books through the literary world's secret weapon: podcasts.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Method Writing

What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
Susan DeFreitas

Dialogue: The Number One Mistake Newbie Writers Make

There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.