Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Repo Kempt

10 Easy Edits to Improve Your Manuscript Right Now

In: Rewriting
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

In: POV, Theme
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.
Jeff Noon

Beneath the Terminus Stone: Borderlines as a Theme

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

The World in the Skull: A Story’s Environment

In: Setting
Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Through the Labyrinth: Plotting the Story

In: Plot
Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Moods in White, Black and Grey: Finding a Style

In: Voice
Part 7 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Jeff Noon

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

In: Character
Part 6 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

In: Theme
Part 4 of Jeff's 10 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

In: Theme
Part 3 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.
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: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.
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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Great Titles—Hooking Your Readers

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

Storyville: Writing Contemporary Magical Realism

Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Story or Novel Based on One Emotion

In: Theme
Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Survive a Creative Writing Workshop

A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

In: Research
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet
Richard Thomas

Storyville: When to Be Conventional, and When to Be Weird

In: Rewriting
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

In: Research
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.