Richard Thomas

Storyville: Pacing and Depth in Short Fiction vs. Novels

Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Gabino Iglesias

What Reviewing Nonfiction Taught Me About Writing Fiction

Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Max Booth III

5 Unconventional Methods of Writing a Story

Instead of surrendering to writer's block, give these ideas a try.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Method Writing

What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
Susan DeFreitas

Dialogue: The Number One Mistake Newbie Writers Make

There's no lack of online advice about how to write dialogue in fiction. But there’s one issue I see over and over in the dialogue of newbie writers, and I have yet to find one post that tackles it.

So You Want To Write About The Cold

Want to make a reader shiver? Here are a few tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Alex Behr

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose.
Justin Hunter

Avoiding Stereotypes When Writing Place (Even If That Place Is Home)

Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it.
Jeff Noon

The World in the Skull: A Story’s Environment

Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Fred Venturini

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Leaving Room for the Reader in Your Fiction

Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
Christoph Paul

Five Storytelling Tips I Learned from Watching 'The Bachelor'

Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.
Leah Dearborn

The Architecture of Fantasy: How Authors Use Real Places To Build Imaginary Ones

Sometimes our world and others overlap, like the center of a Venn diagram. These new worlds that still retain vestiges of our own offer a unique angle; they allow the author to make comparisons.
Melissa F. Olson

Writing the Unknown Setting: 8 Tips on Conducting a Research Trip for your WIP

What happens if you need to set a story in a place you've never seen? Melissa F. Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series, walks you through how to plan a location research trip.
John Jarzemsky

Writing 'The Other'

When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

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