Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

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

Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using

There are certain storytelling clichés writers go back to again and again. And they shouldn't. Because they are terrible, and they need to be destroyed.
Taylor Houston

O-day ou-yay eak-spay ingon-Klay?: Exploring constructed languages

What do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
Robbie Blair

6 Ways You're Molesting Your Metaphors

Including mixed metaphors, cliche metaphors, ambiguous implications, too close to literal, referencing outside the common experience, and over-extending your metaphors.
Jon Gingerich

Understanding the Objective Correlative

One way to embed a central theme in a story is with the use of a literary device commonly referred to as the Objective Correlative.
Taylor Houston

Up Close and Personal: A Personality Expose of the Personal Essay

Get to know the Personal Essay by reading this article. Get to know yourself by writing one.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
Jon Gingerich

Art and the Aphorism

Love them or hate them, writers can learn a lot about sentence structure and wordplay by experimenting with the timeless artform of the aphorism.
Jon Gingerich

The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Chris Rosales

Transition As Metaphor

Incorporate these principles to not only transition smoothly from scene to scene, but to add a new layer of metaphor for the manipulation of meaning and theme.
Jon Gingerich

Narrative and the Moving Image: What Film Can Teach Us About Fiction Writing

Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
Chris Rosales

Is This Your Card? How Michael Chabon Uses Suspense in Literary Fiction

A study of how Michael Chabon uses Suspense in literary fiction to keep the reader reading and to move the story forward.
Jon Gingerich

The Heavy Hand of Didacticism

Why overwriting and needless instruction have a habit of killing a story every time.
Chris Rosales

Figurative Language, and Stuff Like That

Add depth to your writing with a Figurative Language Well.
Jon Gingerich

False Starts, Dead Ends and Bad Beginnings: A Guide to Successful Storytelling Patterns

Why failing to establish clear narrative patterns or ignoring a story’s natural capacity to surprise can render an otherwise compelling work into an instant dud.
Jon Gingerich

Writing in the Negative

Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.
Jon Gingerich

The Myth of Writer’s Block

An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Sentences With Impact

A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.