Richard Thomas

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.
Fred Venturini

The Leftovers Pilot: Television Turns Literary

The Leftovers pilot is packed with literary flourishes that carry throughout the entire series. Fred Venturini breaks down the techniques that power one of the best shows on television.
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.
Christine J. Schmidt

These 4 Popular Reading Spots Are Actually Awful

In: Character
Your favorite place to read is probably terrible.
Fred Venturini

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

In: Character
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.
Christoph Paul

Seeing the Page Like A Quarterback Sees the Field

Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

In: Research
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

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

The Food Pyramid for Writers

In: Rewriting
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
Leah Rhyne

The Five Be's to Being a Better Beta Buddy

In: Rewriting
Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
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.

Comics And Comics Movies Need Good Villains

In: Character
Where have all the villains gone?

Story Structure: The Magic Bullet that Nearly Killed Me

In: Plot
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.
Christoph Paul

Five Storytelling Tips I Learned from Watching 'The Bachelor'

In: Setting
Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.
Alex Segura

Open to Inspiration: How Your Own Family History Can Feed Your Fiction

Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Reasons Why Poetry is the Manliest of Genres

In: Poetry
We all know genres aren't male or female, but if they all ended up in a bar fight, would poetry be the manliest?
Fred Venturini

The Violence Yet to Come: Breaking Down the 'Taboo' Pilot

In: Character
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: 5 Fictional Female Detectives of Note

In: Research
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Contemporary Magical Realism

Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.
Steph Post

The Dos and Don'ts of Book Tour: An Author's Survival Guide

Honest, real advice for making it through your first book tour.
Repo Kempt

5 Comics Every Crime Writer Needs To Read

In: Research
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
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.