Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Christine J. Schmidt

These 4 Popular Reading Spots Are Actually Awful

Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Fred Venturini

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
K. Tempest Bradford

Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms

Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
BH Shepherd

What 'Westworld' Can Teach Us About Writers

What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.
Holly Slater

The Mini-Guide To Writing Sex For Your Genre

There are approximately a zillion questions to consider when it comes to the craft of sex in fiction. One of the most important being: Does your intended audience expect, crave, or even allow sex?
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Forrest Gump'

Films are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. And you never know why the hell some flavors are so beloved either...
Leah Dearborn

Buy Your Villain a Birthday Present: 5 More Development Exercises

Here are a few more prompts to get the mind juices going as you sit down and get to know your characters:
Max Booth III

What 'Stranger Things' Can Teach Us About Characterization

Not only is "Stranger Things" great television, it's also a required lesson in quality characterization.
Leah Rhyne

I Am So Evil - The Problem With Devilish Bad Guys

Does your bad guy know he's bad? Does she want to hurt people? Or is your bad guy one who thinks, "Hmm...I'm the good guy here."? Which is more compelling? An exploration of antagonists.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love in Fiction

How to write about love in your fiction.

Making A Murderer: How Good Storytelling Made It So Damn Compelling

'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.
Christine J. Schmidt

Advice From A Literary Character: Bridget Jones

One of your favorite literary characters takes on life's big questions.
Leah Rhyne

Jessica Jones vs. Sansa Stark: Rape Culture in Entertainment, and Why We Should Talk About It

Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
Cath Murphy

How Backstory Almost Totally Fucked Up the Star Wars Franchise: A Lesson for Writers

The Star Wars prequels almost killed the Star Wars franchise and it wasn't just because of Hayden Christensen's acting. The toxic element was an overdose of backstory.
Christopher Shultz

American Horror Backstory: The Use of Flashbacks in "AHS: Hotel"

This FX TV series may not always concern itself with plot, but it always loves its characters. But how much is too much?
Max Booth III

Everybody Hates You: Using Empathy to Write Realistic Characters

If you want any chance of writing believable characters and stories worth reading, then being able to empathize with all of your characters must be your top priority.