Richard Thomas

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

In: Research
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
Rob Hart

Down With The Double Tap! (Why You Shouldn't Space Twice After Sentences)

Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Effective Dialogue

Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Jon Gingerich

The Changing Character

Does a character have to “change” during the course of a story? Do they have to evolve? Or can they continue behaving the same as always, even at the end of the narrative?
Brandon Tietz

Merits of Other Mediums: Going Beyond Books to Improve Your Craft

Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.
Brandon Tietz

The Art of the Live Reading

Why is live reading important and how do you do it? LitReactor tackles the subject.
Jon Gingerich

Putting An End To Plot Conveniences

Writers are often faced with the predicament of writing themselves into a plot corner. We know where our stories are supposed to go, but the plot becomes an impasse to resolution instead of a gateway.
Rob Hart

On Dialogue Tags: Why Anything Besides 'Said' And 'Asked' Is Lazy Writing

Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.
Taylor Houston

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.
Jon Gingerich

The Art Of The Rewrite

A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

In: Research
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Taylor Houston

“I tell the truth, even when I lie.”: A Discussion of Unreliable Narrators

Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.
Jon Gingerich

When To Show, When To Tell

Maintaining action is paramount in fiction, but sooner or later we’ll need to deliver expository details for our stories to make sense. So, how do writers engage while providing character depth?
Taylor Houston

Strong Words: Pumping Up Your Writing With Better Vocabulary

Flexing your vocabulary muscle makes your writing better, stronger, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Sentences With Impact

A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

In: Research
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Taylor Houston

Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

In: Setting, Theme
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.
Jon Gingerich

Write Characters In A Representation-Free Zone

Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Taylor Houston

Don't Leave Me Hanging...

The ending is the most important part, and as a writer you should want to write a spectacular ending because, hey, you did a heck-of-a-lot of work on the beginning and middle parts.
Jon Gingerich

Which P.O.V Is Right For Your Story?

A list of the different modes of point of view, with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.