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  1. The Wages of Fear

    The Wages of Fear

    by Brandon Nolta9 comments

    When you're writing to scare, keep in mind which level of fear you're aiming for.

    Revulsion. Horror. Terror. In his nonfiction genre overview Danse Macabre, Stephen King identified these as the three levels of emotion that horror fiction strives for, and I have yet to find a more...

  2. Plan B? I didn't know there was a Plan B...

    Plan B? I didn't know there was a Plan B...

    by Justin C. Key10 comments

    Should we writers plan out our stories beforehand, or just let it flow?

    Ever since reading Stephen King’s On Writing, I’ve been convinced that the best way to write for me is without a plan, to let the story unravel itself along the way. Even though I’ve been writing this...

  3. The Art of Never Giving Up

    The Art of Never Giving Up

    by Ervin Anderson8 comments

    Don't let rejection get you down. You're a writer, damn it! Write.

    A few years back, I finished a novel, my first. Well, my first that wasn’t god-awful. The novel was based on my life: a coming-of-age story about pizza, drugs, first love, friendship and death. I had...

  4. Lessons Learned Stuck to the Wall

    Lessons Learned Stuck to the Wall

    by Brandon Nolta3 comments

    Doing NaNoWriMo might drive you crazy, but there are advantages to taking the plunge.

    In a little more than a week, the National Novel Writing Month will fire up again, and thousands of lunatics all over the world will hunch over keyboards or notepads all month long, furiously scribbli...

  5. To Read or Not to Read?

    To Read or Not to Read?

    by Justin C. Key4 comments

    We're all busy people, but to be successful writers, we need to be successful readers.

    As Stephen King once said if you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time to be a writer. It’s a really simple concept: for writers, reading is like our MBA program or medical school, and...

  6. For The Love Of Books

    For The Love Of Books

    by Ervin Anderson11 comments

    We all love books, right? But why?

    I love books. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of old paper, the weight, the texture (hell, I even love bloody paper cuts). I love owning books, amassing a collection that shows who I...

  7. Mix and Match

    Mix and Match

    by Brandon Nolta2 comments

    Genre fiction is good, but cross-genre fiction... mmm, delicious.

    The nice thing about having a regular forum is that you can pick and choose, within reason, what you want to talk about. For example, I started to write a post on the differences between “literary” an...

  8. Computer Love Contest Winners, the NaNoWriMo '09 Contest, and Site Updates

    Computer Love Contest Winners, the NaNoWriMo '09 Contest, and Site Updates

    by Alex Cabal4 comments

    Read on for contest winners, another chance to win some dough, and for details on the latest updates to your favorite writing site! (And we mean Scribophile, by the way.)

    Hello Scribophiles! We've got some good stuff to share with you, so let's get cracking! (And before we start, if the site is looking a little funky for you, press ctrl+F5 (or apple+F5) on your keyboa...

  9. Writer's Block: The 'What If' Method

    Writer's Block: The 'What If' Method

    by Justin C. Key2 comments

    Knock out writer's block with this simple method!

    It’s the bane of every writers’ existence. If writing were basketball, this would be the sprained ankle. If sex, this the little engine that couldn’t. Writer’s block. If you’re a serious writer (and m...

  10. Spilled Lightning From a Bottle

    Spilled Lightning From a Bottle

    by Brandon Nolta4 comments

    Note to self: When you snag that fiery light of inspiration and commit to paper, make sure you keep a backup.

    Presumably, if Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel really existed in the shadows on a cave wall world we call reality, there would be a complete copy of Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood som...