Some tips on how the seasons can service your story.
How to set the baseline and then take your readers somewhere else entirely.
Tips on how to build up your horror story before you tear it all down.
Heyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.
How do you write about the ‘now’ in a time of ongoing global crisis?
Experience vs. research: What stories are yours to tell?
By Joshua Isard
Finding the right amount of information to include in a story can be a difficult task for any writer.
Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.
Reviewing nonfiction taught me a few tricks that helped improve my approach to writing fiction.
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
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.
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
By Jeff Noon
Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.
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.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
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.
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
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."