Don’t Write Alone: Notes on Craft

Branching Infinity: Exploring the Many Structures of Interactive Fiction

The difference between interactive and traditional fiction isn’t a clear binary at all: Both require an approach to structure that balances openness and control, and each contains lessons for the other.

Jul 26, 2021
A Cow with a Hole in It

The thing that’s so difficult about personal essays is that they’re awfully personal. There’s an answer to this conundrum, and it has to do with cows.

Jun 28, 2021
Is Your Idea Better Suited to a Novel or a Short Story?

You’ll start to note the difference between your longer- and shorter-form ideas—but if you’re not sure, there are some questions you can ask.

Jun 22, 2021
What Matters Most Is Showing Up

If I can write a novel on no sleep, no time, no artist’s life, no fancy residency, and under massive amounts of pressure, someone else can too.

Jun 07, 2021
Opening the Gate to the Stranger and Strange Thought

Toni Mirosevich explains the writing process behind one of her Catapult essays and explores one of her craft theories, which she calls “opening the gate”

May 18, 2021
A Musical Key to Earth’s Wild Music

Here are five animals, each with the music it makes or inspires, and each with a bit of its story, selected from Earth’s Wild Music.

A Case Against Killing Your Darlings

I want any novel I write to be full of darlings. If possible, all darlings.

Apr 05, 2021