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3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy

Horror and humor can create an indelible impression on audiences when they are combined well. Here are five tips for writing horror comedy. The post 3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy appeared first on

Thank You, Louisa May Alcott, For Writing the Perfect Book For Me

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

I've always loved "Little Women," despite the things about it that nagged me; I think that's why it's such a great book. Column by Karis Rogerson There’s no horror like that of a budding writer reading about Jo’s manuscript eruptingShow More Summary

Tonight, maybe

I plan to put up a new flogging tonight, today is occupied with my wife being in the hospital recovering from surgery. The surgery went well, but recovery is hard. Ray

Scriptnotes, Ep 326: Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge — Transcript

2 weeks agoArts / Writing :

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. Craig Mazin: And this is Craig. John: So we are both traveling this week, but today’s episode is one we recorded at the Austin Film Festival. It is a Three Page Challenge live with the people who actually wrote […]

Why We Need Border Fiction More Than Ever

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Now, more than ever, we need to amplify the voices of the border. We need to read and share more border fiction to help spread understanding. Column by Justin Hunter It's been a year since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, and every day has been a battle. Show More Summary

The Close-Up Connection

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard  I’m a big fan of film noir. I love Noir Alley on TCM, hosted by Eddie Muller (The Czar of Noir). He does such a great job dishing inside info on the movies he screens. A few weeks ago Noir Alley […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Today and tomorrow are the final days of this challenge. We’ve got this! For today’s prompt, write a response poem. The poem can be a response to anything–a piece of news, some art, a famous (or not so famous) quotation, or whatever....Show More Summary

Business For Authors. How To Be An Author Entrepreneur. An Interview With Joanna Penn

An entrepreneur creates value with their ideas. They create a new reality based on thoughts and actions. That surely is the definition of an author! When you're writing your first book, you don't necessarily think about running a business or consider yourself an entrepreneur, but if you keep writing and putting your words in the […]

What Makes A Great Financial Thriller?

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

International thriller author and financial professional Martin Bodenham gives his expert advice. Column by Martin Bodenham One of my favourite movies is 12 Angry Men, a courtroom drama showing the emotional turmoil within the jury room during a murder trial. Show More Summary

Conquer Procrastination: How to Appreciate Your Writing Time

If you are avoiding writing, if you tell yourself you don’t have enough time, try the following: Write a short description of what is waiting for you at your desk. What will happen when you sit down to write? Remember: Writing is never about what happens, but what it feels like when something happens. Show More Summary

Giving Tuesday: 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy

Writer's Digest is joining in the spirit of Giving Tuesday by creating a directory of literacy and writing charities that promote reading and writing across the world. The post Giving Tuesday: 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy appeared first on

Mergers and Breakups

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John and Craig explore the possibilities and consequences of Disney’s potential purchase of Fox film and television studios. What might prevent the sale? What does each side stand to gain? To lose? What could it mean for writers? Then, it’s another installment of “This Kind of Scene,” in which we dissect the mechanics of an […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

I apologize for the late prompt; I got some unexpected news this morning. However, experienced PAD poets probably already knew what today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt would be. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a love poem. All you need is love. Show More Summary

Five Ways Television Can Help Us Become Better Storytellers

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Television gets a bad rap. Some of it is deserved—I’m looking at you Sharknado—but some of it comes by way of the rarified air some writers breathe. You know the air; it smells a little like antique books and pretension. It’s the air that convinces some of us that if the masses consume it, it […]

How NaNoWriMo Helps Creativity Soar

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I’m 10,000 feet in the air. I’m in an airplane. I hate to fly, but I’m not paying much attention to that. I’m much more consumed with what’s waiting on my laptop. Why? Because NaNoWriMo. I have over 10,000 words to write in the next five days. Disclaimer: There are strong feelings on both sides […]

The Duality of Humankind

"There are two kinds of people in this world," my companion slurred, pausing to take another artless swig. "Those who ______ and those who _______." The post The Duality of Humankind appeared first on

Flog a BookBubber 115: Jeff Carson

Please, please visit my Kickstarter page for my new game, FlipIt. It goes Scrabble one better in terms of challenge and fun. Even if you can’t support it, please pass the link on to friends and family. Thanks for your...

10 Books to Read After Watching 'Mindhunter'

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Books to accompany Netflix's groundbreaking new series from David Fincher. Column by Max Booth III Netflix recently dropped Mindhunter, a show set in the 1970s about two FBI agents (AKA "The Mindhunter Boyz") expanding criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to real killers. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

It’s funny how much difference one little letter can make in a poetry prompt. For instance, take day 9’s “(blank) of (blank)” prompt. What if we made just one small adjustment? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary

The Bestseller Experiment with Mark Stay And Mark Desvaux

Can you really decide to write and publish a bestseller? In today's show, I discuss how Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux did just that in one year as well as talking about it in public on their podcast, The Bestseller Experiment. In the introduction, I talk about what I'm thankful for as well as giving […]

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