In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
By Robbie Blair
Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
In: Analysis, Character, Dissection, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
By Robbie Blair
Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Crafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
In: Character, Character, Craft, editing, Plot, Plot, POV, POV, Setting, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Voice, Voice
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.
Harness The Dramatic Method For Character Action
By Joshua Mohr
In the reviews of my first two novels, the issue of the unreliable narrator has been mentioned often. Whether this is meant as criticism, compliment, or some tangle of the two, the following problem remains whenever this point is raised: I don’t believe in the unreliable narrator.
A unique, compelling character must always possess the ability to confront — and ultimately confuse — readers’ expectations at every turn.
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.
By Cath Murphy
Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are all said to be based on real people. Is using your boss or neighbor as a ready made character a stroke of genius, or a fast route to a lawsuit?
By Cath Murphy
In: Agatha Christie, Character, Hilary Mantel, Setting, Stephen King, William Gibson, William Golding
Choosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.