Column by Rob D. Young March 4, 2013 (1) comments
Flash fiction can help writers answer vital questions: How can you identify which words to cut? How can you use subtlety to increase the power of your prose? And what's at the heart of a story?
Column by Karina Wilson January 11, 2013 (4) comments
Where are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
Column by Richard Thomas December 13, 2012 (10) comments
It's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012 (8) comments
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Column by Jon Gingerich August 23, 2012 (6) comments
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Column by Meredith Borders July 20, 2012 (10) comments
See also: the Mary Sue, the brooding rebel, the hooker with a heart of gold, etc.
Column by Rob W. Hart May 30, 2012 (4) comments
One of the most popular character templates in literature is the Christ-like figure. But there's another template that's not as enduring and is way more interesting: The Sherlock-like figure.
Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012 (13) comments
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."