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Is Historical Tourism in Northwest Indiana Possible?

In researching my work-in-progress– an historical tale about Prohibition in Gary, Indiana– I came across the Rum Runners Tour in Windsor, Ontario.

The tour probed the area’s connection to the Prohibition Era in the United States. 441 more words

Michelle McGill-Vargas

What Genre to Write?

Daily Dose: Career Moves

Two things play a huge part in screenplay marketing success:

  1. A High Concept
  2. Pitching a Marketable Genre

Of course, you’ve got to write what you write. 143 more words


Genre Tropes are like Bunnies

Just to clear up any confusion right off the bat, bunnies are the worst! Sure they may look cute, hopping around with their cotton tails and twitchy noses, but it’s all a trick. 619 more words


Outline With Necessary Scenes

A quick tip for outlining faster is obligatory scenes!

Okay, maybe you haven’t thought this through so you’ll have to trust me on this one. All movies have scenes that the audience expects to see. 215 more words

Trapped! With Your Characters

–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads

Particularly in genre fiction, building complex characters can be complicated because of the formulaic nature of the writing. We might be tempted to plug in the typical caricatures—the luckless heroine, the tortured hero. 2,095 more words


The Hugos Matter, Whether That's Convenient to You or Not

Right now, there’s a not altogether unprecedented trend toward what I’m going to call concentrated apathy when it comes to pop cultural criticism. When it comes to anything that’s not an opera, a Murakami novel, or Hamilton, we’re only supposed to care so much. 1,124 more words


Stephen King Q&A: UMass Lowell 2012

Stephen King is, of course, an absolute legend and a colossal influence on any genre writer/fan my age (I was born in the mid 70’s!). Any time he offers up any insights into his “craft” and about writing/literature in general it’s always worth listening to. 117 more words

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