Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Gabino Iglesias

Cannibalizing Yourself: 9 Reasons You Should Mine Your Life for Ideas

Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
Alex Segura

Open to Inspiration: How Your Own Family History Can Feed Your Fiction

Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: 5 Fictional Female Detectives of Note

March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Repo Kempt

5 Comics Every Crime Writer Needs To Read

Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Gunshot Wounds

A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Autopsies

A guide to researching and writing about autopsies in crime and horror fiction.
Repo Kempt

5 Horrifying Monsters That Aren't Vampires, Zombies or Werewolves!

Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns

An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Dead Bodies

This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.