Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Tips on How to Be a Good Critique Partner

Advice on how to be a good critique partner, no matter what the situation.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Writing Workshop Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Applying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.

Is Crosstalk Killing Your Feedback?

What is crosstalk, and how is it ruining your workshop?
Christoph Paul

The 12 Steps for Struggling Writers

If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Alex Behr

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
Troy Farah

How Journalism Can Help Polish Your Fiction

Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
Kelly Thompson

5 Reasons A Good Writing Group Can Save You

What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.
Robbie Blair

Thickening Skin: 6 Tips for Taking Criticism

Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.
Jon Gingerich

Rejection: A Critical Device

Got a story that keeps getting turned down for publication? Here's how you can use industry rejection as a critical tool to improve your work.
Jon Gingerich

10 Stories We Never Need to See in Workshops Again

A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.
Kimberly Turner

Technology: Help Or Hindrance To Writers?

Is technology increasing your productivity as a writer or distracting your muse?
Jon Gingerich

Getting Over It, Getting It Out: On Embracing A Bad First Draft

Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Douglas Coupland

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
Chuck Palahniuk

Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk

Christmas comes early today! In this essay Chuck provides a grab-bag of incredibly useful ideas that don't require too much individual elaboration. From delineating the three types of speech, to simple maxims for the writing life.
Chuck Palahniuk

When You Can’t Find a Writing Workshop…

In: Workshop
When you can't find a writing workshop, you can still find a setting where you're almost forced to daydream. Chuck paints some funny options for this while recommending that you daydream with a pen in your hand.