Does Anyone Really Know What Makes a Story Good?

Column by Jay Wilburn April 12, 2022
While there are some writing conventions that are generally agreed upon, the subtle things that make a story good may be more intangible than we like to think.

Five Things to Keep in Mind for a Great Opening

Column by Gabino Iglesias November 4, 2020
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.

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

Column by Autumn Christian May 21, 2020
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.

Storyville: Pacing and Depth in Short Fiction vs. Novels

Column by Richard Thomas
Thoughts on the differences between novels and short stories, specifically when it comes to pacing and depth.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'The Apartment'

Column by Christopher Shultz January 8, 2016
A classic from Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond — but is it "damn near perfection" as Wilder insists?