BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Hope in Dark Fiction

It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.
Justin Hunter

Why Coming of Age Crime Stories Work So Well

The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Jeff Noon

Beneath the Terminus Stone: Borderlines as a Theme

The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

A Madman Scattering Dust: Time as a Theme

Part 4 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Return of the Son of Twilight Zone: Dusk as a Theme

Part 3 of Jeff's 6 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Great Titles—Hooking Your Readers

Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Story or Novel Based on One Emotion

Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.
JS Breukelaar

8 Prescient Dystopian Shorts—in Short, We're F*#&ed!

Some dystopian tales to remind us to be careful what we wish for-—Heaven on Earth is just the B-side to End of Days.
BH Shepherd

Words Mightier Than Bullets: Tarantino on Story

A look at the theme of storytelling throughout Quentin Tarantino's filmography.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love in Fiction

How to write about love in your fiction.
Leah Rhyne

Jessica Jones vs. Sansa Stark: Rape Culture in Entertainment, and Why We Should Talk About It

Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write Flash Fiction

Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
Robbie Blair

Fiction Shmiction: The Complex Question of Writing as Activism

If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
John Jarzemsky

Writing 'The Other'

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

Storyville: Love Instead of Death—Writing With Heart

Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Taboo Subjects

When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
Leah Dearborn

Shelving a Fear of Romance

Trade romance sales make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer book market, yet they carry a lot of negative associations. Does romance deserve a second chance?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.