Richard Thomas

Storyville: Putting Your Life in Your Fiction

Some helpful tips for working your life into your fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Library Love: America’s Athenaeums

Today's athenaeums are based on a four-thousand-year-old idea: that reading can be a social activity, and one that is necessary for the advancement of civilization.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Vacuum Of Space

Everything you need to know about the vacuum of space, its effects on the human body, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Leah Dearborn

Is Print the Popular Kid Again?

Print was supposed to die with the new millennium, but a number of digital publications have recently opted to go against the grain and begin production of hard copy editions.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Book Review

Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Shock Totem, Shimmer, and The Dark

Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.
Leah Dearborn

Magical Thinking and Santa Claus: How Holidays Help Create Writers

Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Evolution

Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Leah Dearborn

Remember To Wear Pants: Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo with Your Dignity Intact

NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Zombies

What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
Erin Reel

Books on Writing: What Authors, Agents and Editors Read

What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Speed Of Light

What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
Jessica Meddows

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Kimberly Turner

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

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?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?