How to Properly Format Your Prose Submission

How to Properly Format Your Prose Submission

Proper formatting will not only make your work look more professional, but it will also make it easier to read for editors and readers who are reviewing your work.

4 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Cover Letter

4 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Cover Letter

Although no two cover letters are exactly alike, there are certain mistakes that seem to surface over and over again.

A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

Some rejections are harder to shake, often because we were that close to an acceptance.

How to Write Fiction that Matters

How to Write Fiction that Matters

Great fiction — like a good roux — relies on subtlety, complexity, and a long, low simmer to succeed.

How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

How to Give the Best Public Reading of Your Life

Don’t be the person who reads it on their phone. Too many things can go wrong, and it’s distracting to watch someone repeatedly unlock the screen when it goes dark or constantly zoom in when they can’t see the tiny print.

How to Revise Before You Begin

How to Revise Before You Begin

A lot of the work of revision comes in the process of evaluating the rhythm of the sentences themselves, but if you’re reading the words out loud as you compose them, you’ll hear the false notes right away.

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

4 Ways I Trick Myself into Writing (That Might Work for You Too)

Let’s be honest: Writing is hard. And because of that, it can sometimes be a struggle to make ourselves do it.

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 11

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 11

Waiting is something Bowe knows how to do.

Powers and Perils of Writing in Third Person

Powers and Perils of Writing in Third Person

Writing in third person can be both liberating and overwhelming. Here's how you can leverage this freedom (and not be intimidated by it).

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 9 & 10

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 9 & 10

To follow a great story, we need to eat our kale.

Tell Me More: Creating Suspense with Information

Tell Me More: Creating Suspense with Information

It's frustrating and alienating for readers to feel like they should know what's going on but don't. They want to be grounded in a character, in a place, in a context.

Serial – Season 2, Episodes 6, 7, and 8

Serial – Season 2, Episodes 6, 7, and 8

"What? You couldn't shave?"

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can't

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can't

Is there a jackhammer obliterating your concentration? Describe it. Have you got the plague? Conjure your feverish state.

4 Steps to Your Spring Writing Reboot

4 Steps to Your Spring Writing Reboot

Sometimes we’re so focused on producing those great works of art (or the weather is so foul) that we neglect the inspiration side of things. If your muse is uncooperative, she might just need a change of scene.

5 Tips for Giving Better Critique

5 Tips for Giving Better Critique

Receiving insightful feedback is essential, but it’s also important that we hone this skill ourselves.

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 4 & 5

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 4 & 5

As writers, we work with this elasticity of time — honoring the eternal nature of it but also how significant moments leave impressions. 

Six Research-Based Techniques to Boost Your Creativity Right Now

Six Research-Based Techniques to Boost Your Creativity Right Now

Researchers found that activities we’d ordinarily think of as lazing about actually help stimulate inventive thoughts.

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 2 & 3

Serial - Season 2, Episodes 2 & 3

Should Bergdahl be or not be? We will keep tuning in to find out.

How to Write Killer Endings

How to Write Killer Endings

The ending of a story should feel unexpectedly inevitable.

Serial – Season 2, Episode 1: DUSTWUN

Serial – Season 2, Episode 1: DUSTWUN

So far, this investigation is about big events ... Yet, Koenig frames the story to us in human, relatable ways.