An Open Letter To White Cisgender Male Artists
February 24, 2017

Dear writers, I’m going to keep this short and I’m going to keep this not very sweet. Gentlemen, we’ve got it pretty good. Life isn’t perfect but it goes damn easy on us most of the time. We have our struggles, and they’re legitimate. We struggle with money and death and all the usual stuff […]

How Do You Sit Down at a Typewriter and Bleed?
February 21, 2017

Dear writers, Have you ever been in love? With a partner, a friend, a family member, your God (or gods), even an animal. You’ve felt at least one of these loves, right? If you have, you’ll know what it’s like to be in love: you’re always thinking of them, and suddenly there’s a little part […]

10 Easy Steps to Becoming a Better Writer
February 12, 2017

Dear writers, Do me a favor. Take your hand off the mouse, close your eyes, and breathe in and out. Relax yourself. The internet’s probably got you a little worked up at the moment. It does that to us. That’s how it works. So calm down. Deep breaths. Now take the time to read and […]

Writing a Perfectly Imperfect World
February 5, 2017

Dear writers, I’ve worked with a lot of young writers. I’ve been one myself for a long time. And the big question people ask me all the time–or at least, they probably would if anybody actually asked me questions about writing, instead of acting all awkward as if I’m going to put everything they say into […]

The Difference Between Showing and Telling
January 28, 2017

Dear writers, We’ve all heard it a hundred times: “Show, don’t tell.” I don’t like most rules – I’m a rebel – but I actually buy into this one. There are exceptions, and as with any rule a good writer can defy it, but it generally holds true that in many ways large and small a writer […]

Aristotle Shares His 7 Tips for Better Writing
January 21, 2017

Dear writers, So, no, Aristotle enver said anything about creative writing. If you didn’t realize it by now, Aristotle lived in the 4th century BC, which was a significantly long, long time before “first novels” like The Tale of Genji (1010) or Don Quixote (1605) – and I don’t think there’s any debating that it’s impossible for anyone to foretell the rules […]

Written Wisdom: C.S. Lewis
January 14, 2017

In context, this quote from refers to a soul yearning for God and His kingdom. However, I also think it refers to creative people, yearning for things that don’t exist in this world, and creating them. Or, you know, it might mean psychopaths who traipse around town in their everyday clothes with regal robes and gold […]

10 Tips for Finding Your Story’s Best Ending
January 1, 2017

Dear writers, It’s one of the hardest questions we have to ask ourselves in life: Where will it all end? As writers, we have a lot more control over things, and that includes where and how to stop. Unfortunately, endings are still hard—sometimes the hardest part of a story. Here are some tips that may […]