Welcome to the Scriptorium, a virtual room for writers. In each monthly issue you’ll find articles, interviews, exercises, book reviews, and more to help you become the best writer you can be. Looking for something in particular? Our departments are listed on the right.

If you’ve forgotten how to get around the new site…between the drop-down menus above and the page links in the right sidebar, you should be able to find everything.


Current Issue:
On Hiatus


The Scriptorium is currently on hiatus from publishing new issues, but please feel free to look around! There are loads of resources, links, and articles to keep you reading. :)


Dusting Off
by Sherry D. Ramsey

Zero to One
“One Ring To Rule Them All”

In this issue, Chuck Heintzelman gets a little meta…and reveals the true SECRET to successful storytelling!
column by Chuck Heintzelman

On Writing

Getting The Lead Out – Tips For Getting Your Novel Written
article by James Rolan

The Backstory, or: Just Where The Heck Does It All Start?
article by Steve Dempster

Dealing With Bad Reviews
article by Shannon Phoenix

Freewriting – Exploring What’s Beneath The Tip of the Iceberg
article by Robert L. Fielding

Writing Book Reviews – Fiction
article by Vivian Gilbert Zabel


Review: The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell, and our personal Top Ten list of writing reference books.

Creativity Prompts

Fire up your brain with exercises on a change of heart, something in the mirror, and kisses and arguments.


One of the largest collections of writing-related resource links on the web! One hundred and sixty verified links to keep you busy.


Useful forms and writers’ tools!


Links to articles on writing adaptations, basic writer knowledge, the new slush pile, grammar-checker grades, and developing story ideas.

Young Writers

New creativity exercises, surfspots, and more. A few things might still be missing, but we’re still working to bring everything over from the old site.

Take this month’s Poll!

Last Poll results: We asked: “Do you Prioritize your Writing?”
You said:
Yes, I try to make the writing come first. 20%, 5 votes
Yes, it’s how I make a living. 0%, 0 votes
I try, but other commitments get in the way. 32%, 8 votes
It sometimes gets lost in other “writerly” things. 4%, 1 vote
It’s something I definitely need to work on. 32%, 8 votes
It’s only a hobby anyway, so I write when I feel like it. 12%, 3 votes

Total Votes: 25

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