English teacher and author J. J. Murray examines, defines, deciphers, and illuminates 100 English words and phrases that have plagued writers for centuries—a must-read and ready reference for writers (and students) of...
Attention poets, writers, artists, journalists, photographers, and other creative people: Online and print literary magazines are alive and well. Author, poet, and one-time e-zine editor J. J. Murray examines respected...
Author J. J. Murray shows how significant details can spice up otherwise dull characters, settings, and dialogue and save readers from literary limbo.
A listing of 20 essential World War II films that will give viewers a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices that soldiers and civilians made in that war and a much greater understanding of the complexities of that war.
Author J. J. Murray once knew a man who owned and operated a worm farm in North Carolina. He visited the worm farm as a lad and much later wrote this short story in his honor.
Author J. J. Murray describes how he and his students discuss literature using seven levels of meaning. He uses Melville’s Moby-Dick as his example, but these levels apply well to any work of literature.
Self-published, Kindle, and traditionally published author J. J. Murray gives tips for professionalizing self-published and Kindle novels.
Author and educator J. J. Murray offers a summary of the requirements and characteristics of the medieval quest and gives tips for how to write one.
Author and longtime English teacher J. J. Murray defines irony, describes the seven main types, and gives literary and modern life examples.
Author J. J. Murray explains the medieval idea of courtly love, analyzes all 31 rules, and applies them to modern romance.
Creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray examines T. S. Eliot’s “Objective Correlative,” touting its use for improving every kind of creative writing.
Author J. J. Murray gives writers and students a listing of utopian societies from myth, religion, philosophy, and literature, including a list of dystopian novels describing utopias gone wrong.
Interracial romance novelist J. J. Murray argues against interracial relationship "drawbacks" he has seen floating around the Internet, describing his exceptionally ordinary family.
Author J. J. Murray discusses "The Screenplay Method" he uses for organizing his chapters.
After having nine novels published and grading tens of thousands of high school essays as an English teacher for twenty years, creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray hung out his shingle on the Internet as a...
First impressions are lasting impressions, and as a writer, you rarely get a second chance to make one, especially when you write short stories and novels for a reading public that wants to be impressed immediately....
Writers use different ways to outline their novels, some linear, some circular, and some a combination of both. Creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray describes eight different linear and circular outline...