Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
Kelly Thompson

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
Rob Hart

Get Off The Dang Computer: The Benefits Of Hands-On Research

The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.
Taylor Houston

Change the World: Write Your Manifesto

You are a writer— an artiste! A creator of beauty and meaning. A cultural commentator. A revolutionary! It's about damn time you wrote your manifesto!
Jon Gingerich

Write What You Don’t Know

Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Chuck Palahniuk

Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk

Christmas comes early today! In this essay Chuck provides a grab-bag of incredibly useful ideas that don't require too much individual elaboration. From delineating the three types of speech, to simple maxims for the writing life.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Chuck Palahniuk

Textures of Information

In: Research
Lists, recipes, documentaries--almost everything verbal or textual is storytelling in some form. Chuck makes the case for lifting from various non-fiction forms and quick-cutting between them to enrich the textures of your fiction.