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.
By Joshua Isard
Would your story benefit from multiple POVs? And does it have the scope to sustain them?
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.
Skilled writers perform a kind of optical illusion of the mind's eye, creating language that matches and expands upon our own real life experiences.
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.
In fiction, each point of view (POV) choice comes with both strengths and limitations. Consider this your cheat sheet for overcoming those limitations.
Reading runs in the family.
Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
Second-person perspective is one of those things that becomes more intriguing the more you are told not to use 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.
In: Character, Character, Craft, editing, Plot, Plot, POV, POV, Setting, Setting, Short Stories, Storyville, Voice, Voice
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
In: Character, Craft, Dialogue, Literary Devices, Narrative Hooks, Plot, POV, Setting, Storyville, Structure
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.