Jessica Meddows

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Kimberly Turner

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Do You Know When Your Story is Done?

It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 8 Tips For Growing Your Brand

Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets

Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Why Write Short Stories At All?

Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Dana Fredsti

On Writer's Constipation, The Sophomore Slump and Zombies

Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Top Ten Things Literary Journals Need to Do. NOW.

There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.
Robbie Blair

Why Netflix Makes You a Better Writer

Today's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
Kimberly Turner

Seven Badass Authors And Their Potentially Deadly Research Methods

New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
Douglas Coupland

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Promotion

In this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Revealing Character

Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.