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Constraints on Innovation in Fiction: Reflections on The Lady's Maid's Bell and The Haunting of Hill House (May 2, 2021)

Because expectations for horror have been so thoroughly solidified by Stephen King and slasher flicks, the unfortunate truth is neither of these classic and innovative stories could be published today. More »

Writing Delightful Twists (April 5, 2021)

A good twist is like a delightful magic trick. More »

280 Characters (March 24, 2021)

OMG I'm SCREAMING I'm CRYING I'm DESPERATE I'm OBSESSED let's play a game everyone tell me what you think of me, go! More »

The Inaccessibility of Publishing (March 7, 2021)

I have to say the querying process for writers seeking traditional publication is terribly inaccessible to all but the top few percent of neurotypical, highly educated, computer-savvy writers. And the problems are too big for a single literary agent to fix. More »

Writers, Count Your Blessings (February 28, 2021)

The vast majority of writers probably have privileged lives, because we wouldn't have been able to become writers otherwise. Yet despite our enviable advantages, and the fact we're fortunate enough to have the tools and time to pursue our dreams, somehow we became the whiniest, most self-pitying group of professionals I've seen on the internet. More »

Thoughts on the Women's Fiction Label (February 8, 2021)

Let's be honest about what people are thinking when they call a book Women's Fiction: it's bland fluff of inferior quality. More »

Finding Joy in Imperfection and Obscurity (December 31, 2020)

The arts enrich our lives, but they've never enriched our wallets, and they never will. So yes, we must indeed write for personal fulfillment instead of money, or the foolish pursuit of commercial success will poison our art and our sanity. More »

How to Write Nontoxic Conflict in Romance (December 23, 2020)

Common conflicts might not seem melodramatic enough for a romance. They're not shocking like rape scenes. They're not soul-crushing like outrageous misunderstandings, sudden betrayals, or secrets with tragic consequences. But you don't need Big Trauma for Big Drama. More »

Why Authors Should Write Characters from Different Cultures (August 12, 2020)

It's frustrating to see Twitter meekly accept that shelf space for non-white or LGBTQ+ books is limited and fight over who deserves to fill it. More »

Books Are Not Movies (May 21, 2020)

Many authors tend to write as if they're describing a movie or TV show in text. But what would make for an interesting viewing experience makes for a very dull reading experience. More »