Why I Quit My Dream Newspaper Job After Four Months 

Two months ago, I quit the best job I ever had. At least, I’m sure that’s how it looks. Writing is one of those professions that automatically elicits people’s opinions about your work, and since quitting, I’ve encountered enough split-second pauses to develop a strong feeling that the decision makes me look either… »9/21/15 3:50pm9/21/15 3:50pm

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… »7/15/14 5:43pm7/15/14 5:43pm

Undiscovered Screenwriters May Get Some Help From Disney

Have you given up on your dreams of writing the great American screenplay because the chances of being discovered by Hollywood are about as likely as finding Jimmy Hoffa working at your local Starbucks? Well, maybe you should dust off that typewriter (HA!) and give that story about a plucky young cop with a heart of… »3/05/14 11:00pm3/05/14 11:00pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. »11/23/13 1:37pm11/23/13 1:37pm

Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… »10/10/13 9:30am10/10/13 9:30am

"I occasionally do uncredited 'secret' rewrites on scripts.

"I occasionally do uncredited 'secret' rewrites on scripts. I like that, because then people who would ordinarily avoid my projects are tricked into buying tickets for films I’ve worked on. I entertain frat guys without their consent!" — Diablo Cody reveals seven things no one tells you about being a screenwriter. »10/09/13 4:00pm10/09/13 4:00pm