Taylor Houston

Nothing New Under the Mistletoe - 40 Versions of "A Christmas Carol" You Should Check Out

In: Theme
I love "A Christmas Carol", and I thought I'd seen every version out there—I was wrong.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Body, Mind, and Soul—Adding Depth to Your Stories

Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Douglas Kennedy

On Using Personal History As Fiction

The international best-selling author and MasterClass teacher discusses the basis of all fiction.
Leah Rhyne

That Time I Ran a Virtual Literary Festival (and Lived to Tell the Tale)

Many literary festivals went virtual in 2020 (& likely will do so for the first part of 2021). This is a first-hand account of why my organization did it, how we did it, & how we (barely) survived.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Long Should Your Story Be?

In: Structure
Is there enough meat on the bone to support your word count? It depends on a number of variables.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Tips on How to Be a Good Critique Partner

In: Workshop
Advice on how to be a good critique partner, no matter what the situation.
Karin Cecile Davidson

Meandering, Wrecked, and Random: My First True Understanding of Narrative Structure

In: Structure
Davidson finds her debut novel, "Sybelia Drive", over the course of 20 years of wandering.
Gabino Iglesias

Five Things to Keep in Mind for a Great Opening

In: Voice
The first line. The first paragraph. The first page. The first chapter. They all matter. A lot. Here are some things you should keep in mind to get them right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Foreshadowing in Fiction—How to Set the Stage

Tips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Conjuring Strength Through Poetry: Battling the Slasher Movie in Your Head

In: Poetry
Horror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.
Joshua Isard

Showing and Telling, and Trusting the Reader

We all know the cliche, "show don't tell," but it's still a common issue with young writers. That's where trust comes in.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Why Denouement is So Important to a Satisfying Story

In: Structure
Advice on how to make your denouement really shine.
Max Booth III

A History of Live Readings Featuring Max Booth III

I am lonely and miss performing for people. Let's take a trip down memory lane.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Universal Truths Can Help Your Readers Relate

Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.
Joshua Isard

Using Plain Language in Speculative Fiction

In: Phrases
Employ language that allows the audience to believe your characters believe what is happening.
Amanda Bender

"Cursed": The Road to Redemption Starts with Strong Roots

In: Character
The Weeping Monk is by far one of the most compelling characters in Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller's 'Cursed', and is a prime example of how to craft a redemption arc.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Reprints

In: Research
Why should you get your stories reprinted? It can help your career!
Lisa Bubert

How To Read Between The Lines of Your Rejections

In: Rewriting
What are those pesky rejection letters actually telling you?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Writing Workshop Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

In: Workshop
Applying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.
BH Shepherd

Why The Punisher Has No Place In The Police Department

In: Character
A brief explanation of why it is inappropriate for police officers to incorporate the Punisher's symbol into their uniforms.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Surviving Rejection

In: Research
Tips, stories, and advice on how to survive rejection.
Cina Pelayo

What Tools Do You Use to Edit Your Manuscripts?

In: Grammar
Do you use any editing softwares to perfect your writing? Here is a sampling of tools available.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Storytelling Techniques

Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Margo Orlando Littell

Welcome the Characters Who Show Up Too Early and Stay Too Late

Sometimes the most pivotal characters need to be conjured and coddled into the story, under the shadow of misstarts and dead-end plotlines.
Autumn Christian

Conflict Without Violence: How to Add More Depth To Your Fiction

Violence is fun. But finding other ways to resolve conflict can improve your writing, and turn an average story into one with depth and intrigue.