We publish a lot of articles here on the blog. And that can make it a bit cumbersome to find old ones. You can always use the tags on the right side of the blog, or just come to this page for a single list of all the articles -- including the roundtables, interviews, and topical articles -- in their originally published order.

Maybe we need to compile some of this stuff into a book. It would certainly make one heck of a thick, heavy doorstop, that's for sure.

Best Dialog Advice You Ever Received

Great Fiction: Inspired By or Reaction To (Or Both)?

Horror That Inspires

A.I. for Writers: Useful Tool or Just a "Tool"

The Gray Valley -- Good Villains and Bad Heroes (A Roundtable)

The Green-Eyed Monster -- A Roundtable

Show, Don't Tell -- Sure. But How? A Description Writing Roundtable

Getting Cozy 

Balancing Backlog: When the Well Overflows

Not So Famous Last (and First) Words

Narrowing the Target -- Publishing with a Single Audience in Mind

Oh, Oh, Oh, It's Magic! Building Magic Systems in Fiction.

Copycat, Copycat: Writers on Copying Our Inspirations

The Soul Sneaking into the Creation

When is a dove not a dove? Symbolism in fiction.

Thankful Writers Pass the Turkey

The End (Or Not?)

Gothic Traditions and the Contemporary Genre Writer

Tried and True Methods To Create and Maintain... Suspense!
Is Your Setting Just a Place or a Character?

Creating Effective Story Bibles

Ideal Work Environments

Self-Editing Tips and Tricks

Flat and Round: The Character Conundrum

Don't Tell the Truth -- The Key to Intriguing Stories

Fashion Sense (Writers on character clothing and fashion)

Romancing the Genre (With Apologies to the Stone)

New and Classic: The Pulp Conundrum

Why Do You Write... Horror?

Questions from a Brave and Stupid Man to a Panel of Women Writers #3: Men (Mis)Writing Women

Pet Peeves (Bad Action Writing)

Writing Period Culture -- What's Your Style?

Characters Who Kick Ass... Emotionally

Writing in the Time of Covid (Not to Be Confused with Love in the Time of Cholera)

A Matter of Pantsing -- How Do You Outline?

Myth Making (A Pulp Factory Discussion)

Urban, High, Low, or Something Else? Writers on Fantasy...

How Much Do Writers Read?

Questions from a Brave and Stupid Man to a Panel of Women Writers #2:

Questions from a Brave and Stupid Man to a Panel of Women Writers #1:
Because Asking Honest Questions Is the Best Starting Point, I Was Told

The Changing Role of Comic Books in Adventure Entertainment

Everything Old Is New Again -- Reviving Old-School Literary Tropes and Techniques for Contemporary Fiction

Literary Pulp -- The Roundtable

Economic Diversity in Fiction

Can Non-Series Fiction Compete with Series Fiction? (A Reader and Writer Roundtable)

Writing Holiday Fiction

Natural and Fun: Writers on Sex and Sexuality in Fiction

What Are You Thankful For, Writer?

My City or Your City -- Choosing and Creating Your Setting

Forget the Scissors, I Need a Machete!

No Writer Is an Island

Baby Makes Her Back Cover Talk

What's your favorite opening line from your own work?

The Worst Advice Ever About Writing Dialog

The Role of the Innocent Hero

The Changing Face(s) of Pulp: Does New Pulp Make Heroes for Every Reader?

Know-It-Alls Telling Stories: Writers on Omniscient Narrators

Pushing Your Genre Boundaries -- Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

Fictionalizing History

Pulp, Noir, and Hard-Boiled: You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!

White by Default? A Character Assumption Roundtable

Draft Editing: Whens and Whats

Writers Read -- Or Do They?

Trends in Writing: To Chase or Not To Chase

Thank You, Captain Planet -- Writers Respond to Politically Correct Character Casting

The Stereotype Wore Black: Avoiding the Cliches that Stain Your Pulp and Noir Mysteries

Step By Step

Tuning Up Your Writing Time (Writing to a Music Mix)

Writers at the Movies

Online Writing Resources

Listen to Your Characters... But How?

Going Pro

Childhood Inspirations

Oh, the Horrors (of the Publishing World)

Have It Your Way -- Genre-Blending in Contemporary Fiction

Origin Stories (On Becoming a Writer)

Unconventional Structures -- Revisited

Building Stories on Unconventional Structures -- Breaking the Rules for Fun and Profit!

The Innocent Hero (A Blast from the Past)

Time After Time -- Writing in "Period"

The Long and Short of It -- Tips for Writing to Word Counts

Clean, Cleaner, Squeaky Clean, or Get Your Hands Off My Words?

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan: Ramping Up Toward the Conclusion

Fans Say the Craziest Things

Workspace -- A Visual Roundtable Experience

Do Your Read & Write Faves Connect?

Finding and Working with Beta Readers

Writing through Nostalgia-Colored Glasses

Pow! Right in the Viscera! -- Writing Prose with a Gut Punch

My View, Your View, Their View, and Our View -- Writers on POV

Something to Say -- Writers on Theme

Successful Book Marketing

No S*#t, Sherlock: Publishers Clue Us In About the New Public Domain Detective

So... Sherlock Holmes?

Anti-Heroes: Why?

The Language Barrier -- Tolkien Did It, So It's Okay, Right?

Your Character Is Your Contract with the Reader

Comic Book Kismet -- Writers and Artists Speak Out

Don't Suck. Okay, Well Can You Be More Specific?

Art vs. Money: Writers Sound Off

Best and Worst Advice: A Writer Roundtable

The OP Hero -- Balancing Plot and Character

Hot Lead and Dead Steel? What about Westerns?

The Cover Story -- What Makes Book Covers Work?

The Butt End of the Book -- Ending a Story

What's My Motivation?

Violence and Gore -- Write Less or Write More?

Fictional World Building in Action/Adventure Stories

Building Fantasy Worlds in Fiction

The Opening Salvo -- Grabbing Readers from the First Sentence

The Wayback Machine -- WWY(ou)D

Mine or Yours: The Comic Book Edition

Mine or Yours: New Characters vs. Existing Characters

Pulps and Race -- A Writer's Roundtable

Filling Your Basket With Literary Easter Eggs

Dream Up the Next DC JLA Event -- A Fan Roundtable

Going Public About the Public Domain

Is Writing Really Re-Writing?

Plotting and Pantsing: A Writers' Roundtable

Marrying Plot and Character

Bibbity, Bloggity, Boo -- Writers Who Blog

The Illusion of Change -- The Comics and Pulp Conundrun

Bullets vs. Bonding -- Balancing action and characterization in pulp fiction

Can White Men Jump? Writing Other Races and Genders Than Your Own

Tales to Keep You In... Suspense!

What makes a horror book scary?

Words and Art: Finding the Right Blend in Comic Book Scriptwriting

Killing or Kissing the Muse -- Writers on Finding Inspiration

Breaking New Ground in New Pulp

We're Here To Pump Your Characters Up

The Hero's Journey -- To Campbell Or Not To Campbell

Getting Under the Hero's Skin -- Writers on Villains

Getting the First and Last Word -- Story Openings and Endings

Re-Writing the Old Familiar

The Horror of It All -- Writers on Being Scary with Words

Science Fiction, Space Fantasy, and the World of Speculative Storytelling

Making the Fantasy Fantastic

The Story Behind Urban Fantasy

Why Do You Write... Pulp?

Pulp with Pictures

Looking Out for Number One... or Is That Number Two? Writing for Yourself or For the Fans?

Hey You, Open the Book! -- What Makes an Effective Cover?

How Epic is Epic? -- Working with "Epic" Storylines

Everything Old is New Again... Too New

Childhood Books and Movies: When You Can't Go Home Again

Straight Talk About Origin Stories

An Issue Too Long? How Long Should a "Typical" Comic Book Arc Be?

Comics to Prose: From Four Colors to Black Text

Pulps to Comics: A Bridge or a Chasm?

Running on Feet of Clay -- How Bad Can a Hero Be and Still Be a Good Guy?

How Dangerous a Mask Can Be -- The Fascination with the Masked Hero in Pulps

A Walk on the Dark Side: Writing Believable Villains

The Pulp Writers and Fans Roundtable About Comic Books

Genre-Bending: How Pure Should Pulp Fiction Be?

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow—In What Time Period Does Pulp Fit Best?

Type. Type. (Stereo)Type: Taming the Familiar Beast

Bullets vs. Bonding -- Balancing action and characterization in pulp fiction

Writing Pet Peeves: A Roundtable

Keith Giles: Un-Boxed-In and Un-Hindered

Brian K. Morris: Give Me Permission and a Word Count

Brittany Wilcox: How Fan Fiction Became My Tool for Healing

Scott McCullar: Bringing the Thrills 

Herika Raymer: Creepy, Hold the Gore 

Dan Jolley: From Unknown to Obscure! 

Kaye Lynne Booth: Who Almost Wasn't 

HC Playa: Every Project Is a Dream Project 

Ef Deal: It Began with a Library Card 

Lynn Hesse: A Southern Spin on Crime and Murder 

Doug Van Belle: Something Worth Sharing 

Stephen Prouse: Monkey with a Hand Grenade

Robin Burk: The Courage To Be Who You Are Meant To Be

Swords, Magic, and the Armor of Author David Wright

Persistence in the Face of Great Adversity

Drew Geraci Is In Demand(s)

Thrills 'n' Chills with Bobby Nash

Jason Waltman: A Man with a Plan

Mocha Memoir Press Interview Series:

Alledria Hurt  

Lisa Wood

Maya Preisler

V.G. Harrison (Marcia Colette)

Stephen Brayton

Sumiko Saulson

Alexandra Christian

Crymsyn Hart

Vonnie Winslow Crist

Rie Sheridan Rose

Todd Sullivan

Ronald T. Jones

eSpecs Books Interview Series: 

Lisanne Norman

Keith DeCandido

Jeff Young

Aaron Rosenberg

Ty Drago

Robert E. Waters

Ken Shrader

Michael A. Black

Mary Fan

Ef Deal

David Lee Summers

Christopher J. Burke

Christopher L. Bennett

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

H. David Blalock: My Hand Is in Everything

Jim Beard: Why Can’t It Just Happen by Osmosis or Something?

James Palmer -- A Man at Loose Ends Gone To Writing

John L. Taylor: All Art Is Science

Harding McFadden: All My Songs Are Protest Songs

Getting to Know... Austin S. Camacho

Teel James Glenn and the Wonderful Balderdash

Robert Krog -- Why Shouldn't I Write Them Too?

Justin Gray: Wider Nets, Mixed Bags, and Creative Freedom

John French -- The Replication of Results

Ron Fortier -- Of Course It's an Art

TammyJo Eckhart -- I Call Them My Muses

John Leister and the Resilience of the Human Spirit

Daniel Emery Taylor: It's the ADHD

The Mysterious Worlds of Mark Allen Vann

Tamara Lowry and the Waves of Darkness

Mike Bullock: Writing the Thousand Words

Nikki Nelson-Hicks Feathers Her Crown

Gordon Dymowski: AKA The Writer of AKA The Sinner

Stephanie Osborn, "The Interstellar Woman of Mystery"

Barbara Doran and Her Immortals of Wuxia

Scott McCullar and His Thrill-Seeking Men of Mystery

The Wayback Machine: The Pulse Interview with Stefan Petrucha

Armand Rosamilia: The Fear of Pants Keeps Him Working

Gordon Dymowski -- Don't Kill HIS Darlings!

Getting to the Point with Dave Creek

Exploring My First Novel -- Meet Stephen Ramsay!

John C. Brueing's Pretty Ambitious Target

Meet TammyJo Eckhart!

C.E. Martin and His Stone Soldiers

What Drew Demands: A Q&A with Drew Geraci

I'd Like You To Meet... Annie Douglass Lima

Chuck Dixon Doesn't Need Your Permission To Write

Darin Kennedy -- Mixing Magical Realism and Classical Music

Tammi A. Miller -- Writing from Wordsworth's Overflow

Elizabeth Donald's Missives from Schnectady

Dropping Science on Yo' Fiction -- A Talk with Stephanie Osborn

Anna Grace Carpenter's Loss and Love

Stephanie Osborn: Hitting the Ideas (Back)

Bobby Nash: Coming Out the Other Side Stronger

Grinding the Gears with Rebekah McAuliffe

Getting Carried Away with (and by) Ray Dean

Walter Bosley: Livin' the Pulp Life

Percival Constantine: A Lot of Art Goes In

A Means to Tell a Story -- The Rocky Perry Q&A

Gary Phillips -- The Pulpster Soul of Angeltown

A POV Workshop with Stephanie Osborn

Nicole Givens Kurtz' Curse and Cure

Jeremy Hicks -- I Guess We Found Out

Iscah -- "I don't regret failing."

Dark Oak's Allan Gilbreath on Writing for Art and Money

Nicole Nelson-Hicks and Her Boys in the Back Room

Sharing the Sickness: A Few Words with Peter Welmerink

Tony Acree: Connecting with "The Speaker" Himself

A Rose Among the Pages: Rose Streif

Talking Byzantium with I.A. Watson

Talking Westerns with Beau Smith

John Durden: Throwing Words in Glass Castles

The Olympian Heights of Amy Strickland

Getting to Know... Ulysses King (and Mark Beauli

John McGuire -- Following the Dark with John McGuire

David Wright -- Maybe His Brother's Keeper After All

Revisting Comic Book Arc Length -- Shane Berryhill

This Man Likes Michael Bay -- The Josh Mason Story

Imaginative Faith: The Works of H. David Blalock

Logan Masterson: "Springing" into New Ventures

L. Andrew Cooper: The Extreme Side of Horror

Jeremy Hicks: Cycling the Ages But Not Grinding it Out

Shane Berryhill and the Outlaws

Aaron Smith -- Man of Midnight, Death, and Galaxies

Meet Cam Crowder, the Runty Little Ginger

The Wizard Finds His Path: An Interview with Richard Lee Byers

Mark Bousquet: The Dreamer of Kraken Moor

Heretical in Hindsight, The Work of Andrew Toy

Meet K.S. Daniels

Getting To Know... Pamela Turner

Hunting Fate: Getting to Know Rachel Hunter

Scott Mallory and the Cupcake Monster

Steven Cumming: "Cute that Kicks Butt"

The Powerful Press of Lance Stahlberg

The Queen of Blüd: The Devin Grayson Interview

Open the Storm Gates: Don Gates Talks Challenger Storm

Michael D'Ambrosio -- Fractured but Never Broken

David Boop: Blinding Us with Brilliance

Exploring the Darkness with James A. Moore

Oh the Horror... of Robert Freese

Getting to know the man behind the man in (no) tights -- Ian Watson

Digging Up the Deadly With Bobby Nash

It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's Van Allen Plexico!

Cowboys, and Pirates, and Cannibals, Oh Ed Erdelac!

Getting to know the Air Chief... Ron Fortier!

Prose and Bullets with Tommy Hancock!

Monsters and Bullets: Getting to Know Perry Constantine

Houston, We Don't Have a Problem -- Catching Up with Lee Houston Jr.

Wheelin' and Dillon with Derrick Ferguson

The Weird Tale of Michael Vance

Shelagh Watkins' Writing Machine

Murder on Her Mind -- The World of Krystal Rollins

Reese's Pieces... The Fictional World of Barry Reese

D. A. Adams and the (Lot More Than Seven) Dwarves

Visionary, Editor, Writer, Storyteller -- Allan Gilbreath

Chuck Dixon: The Best Damn Comic Book Writer Ever

Artfully Rendered -- Mike Henderson

Nancy Hansen's Way

Alan Lewis' Bloody Garden

A Punch and a Jab with Paul Bishop

Ed Crandell's Wild, Weird West

To the Point -- A Quick Chat with William D. Prystauk

Chuck Miller's One Hundred Legs of Death

James R. Tuck -- The Man Behind the Deacon

James Palmer and the Love for the Stories


Help! I'm Stumped and I Don't Know What To Write!
Coming soon!

15 Action/Adventure Tropes That Need To Die a Painful Death

This Week's Theme Is, Well, Theme

Bono and Flannery: Harder to Believe Than Go Crazy Tonight

Do, Do, Do, Da, Da, Da: The Day The Police Taught Me About Character Dialog

I Made ChaptGPT Write This Article (Part 1) 
Coming soon!

I Made ChaptGPT Write This Article (Part 2) 
Coming soon!

O' Captain, My Captain: Taming the Writers' Group Monsters

It’s the End of the Literary World As We Know It (But Don’t Be Afraid—It’s a Good Thing)

The ABC (Plots) of Ongoing Storytelling

Political Correctness and New Pulp Fiction

Reading Short Stories for Beginners -- A Primer and List of Required Collections

Literary Pulp—Why It Makes Sense and How To Write It

Using Cover Mock-Ups... Why Waste the Time?

Writing the Scary -- 7 Tips for Creating Horror and Dread with Words

Not Your Stepping Stone -- Short Stories Are a Destination, Not a Starting Block

Why Diversity? It's Just Fiction. What's the Big Deal?

Visceral, Visceral, Visceral (to the tune of Marcia, Marcia, Marcia)

10 Methods for Crafting Better Story Openings

As Close to Perfect as Possible: 5 Tips for Becoming More Effective Self-Editors

Writing Redemptive Stories

Basic Webpage Design for Authors

The Cover Story -- Pulps Should Shock and Grab You!

Writing Anthology Shorts

Reading IS Fundamental

Believable Dialog

Writing Super-Heroes as Human Beings

Plotting by Questions

Two Spectrums of Writers

What Is New Pulp?

Back Story


35 Books (Almost) Everybody Should Read 
Coming soon!

The Cover Story: Crime Fiction Now and Then and Now Again
Coming soon!

Best Horror Anime To Creep You Out (Or Horror-Adjacent To Entertain You Through Your Halloween Hijinks)

UPDATED! Horror Movies That Influenced Me as a Writer

Wrote Rage

Sean Taylor Destroys the Teen Titans -- Booster's Titans!

Horror Movies That Influence Me As a Writer

10 Comic Books by Women You Really, Really Need to Read!

Remembering Derrick Ferguson (In His Own Words)

Derrick Ferguson -- An Ongoing Collection of Tributes

My Diversity Soapbox (Or Don't You Throw That "Woke" Shade at Me)

15 Amazing Games That Tell (and Play) an Equally Amazing Story!

Twenty Authors Who Have Influenced Me as a Writer and Reader

Not Fitting in at the Bookstore -- And What It Taught Me About Who I Am as a Writer

Comics Don't Suck. We Suck.

Reading Short Stories for Beginners -- A Primer and List of Required Collections

My Top 50 Graphic Novels (or Graphic Novel-like Trade Paperback Collections) -- Updated and Expanded

My Open Letter to the Market

Content Is Crap, Not King, and We Prove It with Every Click by Sean Taylor

I Want to Be a Time Machine by Sean Taylor

Who Better Than Bob Dylan? by Sean Taylor

The Cover Story (Part 2) -- The Woman's Rise to Pulp Power by Sean Taylor

The Cover Story (Part 1) -- Pulps, Women, Sexism, and Power

Remembering Ray Bradbury

The 30 Best Graphic Novels Ever (series)
Femme Fatales—An Obsession Dissected

Movie Reviews for Writers
Coming soon!

Movie Reviews for Writers: Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane

The House Across the Lake


The Medusa Touch

Throw Mama from the Train

Writers Retreat

Ghost Land

Shortcut to Happiness


The Haunted Hotel

The Eclipse

Secret Window

The Shining

Wodehouse in Exile

Scare Me

The Owl and the Pussycat

Valerie on the Stairs

Finding Forrester (part 2)

Finding Forrester (part 1)

A Fantastic Fear of Everything


Paris When It Sizzles (part 2)

Paris When It Sizzles (part 1)

Stories We Tell

An American Ghost Story

Kill Your Darlings

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key


The Haunting of M.R. James

Hammett (Guest Review by Derrick Ferguson)

The Adventures of Anais Nin


They Live Inside Us

Authors Anonymous

Dead Poets Society


The Nesting

Howling IV


To Your Health, Writer (With Ashly Mixon)

Tommy Hancock's Ideas Like Bullets

Ideas Like Bullets -- Remembering Logan Masterson

Ideas Like Bullets -- The Depression of Creatives

Ideas Like Bullets -- How Well Do You Know Your Coppers?

Ideas Like Bullets -- From Van Gogh's Ear

Ideas Like Bullets -- Read Your Bible

Ideas Like Bullets -- Free Books From Pulp's Historical Characters

Ideas Like Bullets -- Writers Read (So Read This)

Ideas Like Bullets: New Pulp Award Nominees Announced

Ideas Like Bullets -- HEY! DON’T CHANGE A THING! IT’S MINE!!!!

Ideas Like Bullets: Old Stories, New Takes, Same Spirit

Ideas Like Bullets -- The Perilous Adventures of Anabelle Flagstaff

Ideas Like Bullets -- The Legend Speaketh...

Ideas Like Bullets -- Writing Challenge: "The Perilous Adventures of Anabelle Flagstaff"

Ideas Like Bullets -- The Wake Up Call You Didn't Ask For

Ideas Like Bullets -- Bullets from Another Gun Reviews

Ideas Like Bullets -- I Oughta Be Committed

Ideas Like Bullets -- Close to the Vest and Holstered

The Watson Report with I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Only the Brave Deserve the Fair – the Arthurian Gulf

The Watson Report: On Barbers

The Watson Report: Arthurian Grammar -- A Primer by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Boy Meets Girl by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Magic Swords and Their Makers by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Behind Every Good Man -- Thoughts on Pulp Heroines by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Change and Growth for Characters in Pulp and Comics by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: The First Whodunnit? (Part Two) by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: The First Whodunnit? (Part One) by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Getting to know Aria, a Princess of Mars
(no relation to that Thoris woman) by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: The Baffling Story of Spring-Heeled Jack by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: Starting a Story by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: How Bad Guys Die by I.A. Watson

The Watson Report: On Heroines by I.A. Watson

Other Articles

Public Domain Characters: A User's Guide -- YOU CAN TRY... BUT SHOULD YOU?

Public Domain Characters: A User's Guide -- IF YOU LIKE...

Public Domain Characters: A User's Guide -- THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

What To Do for Writer's Block by William H. Coles

The Role of Descriptions in a Literary Text by Lucy Adams

Publish, Self-Publish or Perish by C. Hofsetz

Hackneyed and Innovative Ideas for Writing Fiction by Lucy Adams

Putting Things in Place: Finding the [right/interesting/perfect] Words for Your Story by Ray Dean

How to Stay Sane While Balancing Writing and Freelancing by Gordon Dymowski

The Do’s and Don’ts of Romance by Ellie Raine

Everything I needed to know about being a writer I learned from “A Christmas Story” by Amanda Hard

First Publishing Experience by Ray Dean

My First Novel by Paul Bishop

Researching Steampunk — And More by Stephanie Osborn

The Bast Lisa M. Collins Made

Still Swimming Like a Shark ( or "I Wish I'd Known This Before I Started") by Percival Constantine

Listening to Your Characters by Selah Janel

Big Booms vs. Deep Thoughts: The War Between Star Trek Past and Present by Jimmy D. Gillentine

On Killing Your (Fictional) Children by Ellie Raine

Plotting in the Context of a Series by Stephen Zimmer

How to Evoke a Feeling of Dread in Writing Horror by JH Glaze

The Iron Man Cometh?

The Grandchildren of Pulp (Or, How I Learned That Pulp Never Really Died) -- part 2 by Bill Cunningham

The Grandchildren of Pulp (Or, How I Learned That Pulp Never Really Died) -- part 1 by Bill Cunningham

There’s No Place Like Home – When Being Likeable Was Enough by Selah Janel

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