The Curious Case of Why Short Story Collections Don’t Sell

  by Kyle Massa   “Short stories are loose change in the treasury of fiction.” That’s what J.G. Ballard wrote in the introduction to his Complete Short Stories collection. Considering the dwindling attention spans of many readers, you’d think that short stories would be more popular than ever. But when’s the last time you saw someone… Read More The Curious Case of Why Short Story Collections Don’t Sell

What is Developmental Editing and Does Your Story Need it?

  by Katie McCoach   Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story. Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t… Read More What is Developmental Editing and Does Your Story Need it?

3 Simple Ways to Win the Argument With Your Inner Critic

  by Lauren Sapala   If you’re an artist or a writer—or both—then you know what I’m talking about when I say “inner critic.” It’s not just a way of describing a tendency toward self-judgment. For us, the inner critic is a loud, nasty, disgusting creature who invades our thoughts, whips us mercilessly, and sometimes… Read More 3 Simple Ways to Win the Argument With Your Inner Critic

The Happenings of a Pre-Write: The Good and the Bad

    by Samantha Fenton   Some authors swear by pre-writing and can’t imagine it any other way. These authors may pre-write and plan for weeks or months before they write the first word of their rough draft, meticulously planning scenes and mapping characters to ensure everything makes sense. Others prefer to sit down and… Read More The Happenings of a Pre-Write: The Good and the Bad