Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Two sentences. 25 words. Flash!
Do you ever feel like you are reading the same things over and over again? Well, you are. Here are five familiar literary allusions explained.
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.
Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
Flash fiction can help writers answer vital questions: How can you identify which words to cut? How can you use subtlety to increase the power of your prose? And what's at the heart of a story?
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
New Rules: 25 words. 2 sentences.
Who can save the planet from the deadly Grammar Nazis? The Superheroes of Literature, that's who!
What do the Starship Enterprise, Boonville California, and an Icelandic band all have in common? Their own language! Explore a few unique constructed languages with me.
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
Some things to have taken into consideration while writing your story. Not rules, just after-the-fact guidelines.
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Like Sonny & Cher on February 2nd, redundancies in your writing are driving your readers crazy.
Writers are often told to avoid information dumps at all costs, but this can leave a story feeling clipped and lacking necessary description.
The overuse of adjectives and adverbs can ruin sentences and flatten descriptive passages.
So I've bored you with lectures on sentences and clauses, now we'll talk about that other group of words-the phrase.
Using particular details brings your lie to life.
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
Where are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
Four movies that blur the line between artists and their art.
A list of common storytelling devices writers employ that usually cause far more harm than good.
A look at how accepting the crap you write during early drafts can both accelerate the writing process and feed your story.
No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.