Finding the intersection between plotting and pantsing.
What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?
Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.
Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."
Experience vs. research: What stories are yours to tell?
Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Perspective and point of view in fiction is often slippery and elusive.
Information on where writer's block comes from, and how to fix it.
Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
In: Character, Joyce Carol Oates, Literary Devices, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
In: Analysis, Character, Dissection, Plot, POV, Research, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Structure
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
In: flashback, Info dumps, List, Narrator, Plot, POV, subtext, tense, unreliable narrator, world-building
Some things to have taken into consideration while writing your story. Not rules, just after-the-fact guidelines.