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.
JS Breukelaar

8 Prescient Dystopian Shorts—in Short, We're F*#&ed!

In: Theme
Some dystopian tales to remind us to be careful what we wish for-—Heaven on Earth is just the B-side to End of Days.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Survive a Creative Writing Workshop

A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
K. Tempest Bradford

Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms

In: Character
Representation is key to good writing. This is true whether you're a novelist or a playwright; whether you work in television or in game development. All narrative has the power to impact culture.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

In: Research
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Leah Rhyne

Elizabeth Bennet: The Original Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
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