Storyville: Writing the Grotesque

Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.

Storyville: Happy, Not Sappy

Column by Richard Thomas December 13, 2012
It's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.

Storyville: Dynamic Settings

Column by Richard Thomas October 25, 2012
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."

The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Column by Jon Gingerich August 23, 2012
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.

Overcoming “Voice Anxiety”

Column by Jon Gingerich August 15, 2012
Writers stress themselves out over the idea of devising a unique, compelling voice in their writing. Here's why a lot of that anxiety is underserved.

Narrative and the Moving Image: What Film Can Teach Us About Fiction Writing

Column by Jon Gingerich July 11, 2012
Fiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.

Storyville: Writing Horror Stories

Column by Richard Thomas June 6, 2012
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.

Writing with Authority: A Primer

Column by Jon Gingerich May 24, 2012
A few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.

Me, Myself, and I: First Person Narratives in Fantasy

Column by Rajan Khanna May 16, 2012
A look at some examples of first person narratives in fantasy fiction and what makes them work.

Storyville: Dissection

Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."