Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write Flash Fiction

Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
Raine Winters

Five Situations Horror Characters Get Themselves Into (and What Would Happen in Real Life)

Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.
Cath Murphy

4 Things the Wild Success of 'Mr. Robot' Can Teach Us About Writing

'Mr. Robot' has transformed its parent network USA from sad loser to crowing superstar. How? With superb writing. Here's what we can learn from its success.
Robbie Blair

The Problem with Rape's Portrayal in Fiction

Rape is a sensitive topic that deserve a complex portrayal, but major trends in media and fiction fail to reach that complexity—and often cause a lot of damage.
Robbie Blair

6 Ways to Save a Mary Sue

If you've realized that you accidentally wrote a Mary Sue, this article will help you change that overpowered lead into a relatable character.
Robbie Blair

5 Strategies for Enriching Your Character Arcs

In: Character
Are your character arcs falling flat? This article teaches you five strategies for improving them.
Christopher Shultz

'Orange Is The New Black' and the Downgraded Protagonist

There once was a show about a girl named Piper, but no more. And that might be the best thing going for Netflix's hit series.
Raine Winters

5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Character

These tips and tricks may help you find love again!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Shifting Sympathies

Tips and suggestions on how to shift the sympathy of the reader from one character to another.
Susan DeFreitas

5 Problems with the Humble Protagonist

Unconventional protagonists make for great fiction—but beware the humble protagonist, who will hamstring your novel at every turn.
Robbie Blair

5 Reasons Why We Love Lannisters (and Other Morally Gray Characters)

A look at why morally gray characters are so compelling, using the Lannisters of Westeros as my primary examples. Beware: Spoilers abound!
John Jarzemsky

Writing 'The Other'

When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Leah Dearborn

5 Realty Listings That Could Be Your Character’s New Home

Sometimes, a house can read like a main character in itself.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Making Relationships Feel Real in Your Fiction

Some tips on how to make your fictional relationship feel real.
Robbie Blair

8 Ways to Make Your Characters More Relatable

Relatability in your characters will help your work strike a chord with readers. This article explores ways that you can make your heroes, villains, and other characters more relatable.
Susan DeFreitas

Ursula K. Le Guin, Master of Realism

Ursula K. Le Guin is best known for her sci-fi and fantasy, but part of what makes her work so remarkable is the deeply realistic way it handles the nuanced intersections of character and culture.
Leah Dearborn

An Abundance of Robin Hoods: How Social Bandits Defy Time and Culture

Whenever a source of authority grows too powerful and begins to usurp the common people, Robin Hood-like characters start to appear in film and literature.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Leah Dearborn

Better With Age: Giving Elderly Characters the Spotlight

Every living person on the planet has experienced childhood, but the same can’t be said for old age. Older characters have more history, so creating such a person takes considerable imagination.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Taboo Subjects

When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.