On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing
Humor often stems from things that are not humorous. Can you mine your family's dynamics for inspiration? Author Jesse Q. Sutanto believes you can, and gives you her top 3 tips for doing so.
New Agent Alert: Karmen Wells of The Rights Factory
Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Karmen Wells of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Heidi McCrary: What Doesn't Kill Us Makes for Great Literature
Author Heidi McCrary shares how she used personal experience to craft a coming-of-age novel, how she handles political correctness, and the struggle to find a publisher.
Playing with Common Horror Tropes for Comedic Effect
The horror tropes you often see in movies can be fun, but they can also be totally ludicrous. If you're looking to add a comedic edge to your horror fiction, try bending these common tropes.
"How do you get into writing comics? Write a comic." Eisner-Nominated Alex de Campi Talks Comics, Prose & Multidisciplinary Creative Work
Acclaimed comic book and graphic novel writer, columnist, and filmmaker Alex de Campi shares her secrets for getting into writing comics, working with comics artists, tackling multidisciplinary creative projects, and more.
American Psychos: The Onion Founder Scott Dikkers Discusses Writing Satire During Dark Times
Scott Dikkers, founder of the satirical news publication The Onion, is the master of writing satire. Here, he discusses the role of in today's challenging sociopolitical atmosphere.
How to Transform Funny Stories into Comedy Writing Gold
Stephen Rosenfield shares three tips on taking a funny, real-life story and using it as the inspiration to write comedy for your audience, including examples of how others do it.
7 Reasons Writers of Serious Novels Should Use Humor in Their Fiction
Purely comic fiction may not sell well, but many novels that tackle serious topics with flashes of humor (like The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and more) do spectacularly, for good reason.
A List of Funny Words to Help You Writing Funnier Stories
Some words just make us laugh, even though we might not consciously know why. Try using one of these time-tested terms when it fits.