An inside view of the publishing industry from a foot soldier.

Storyville: How to Write a Massive, Multi-Pronged Hook

Column by Richard Thomas
If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.

Storyville: Critical Analysis—An Essential Part of Your Process

Column by Richard Thomas
How to apply critical analysis to your own writing.

Storyville: How to Ask For, and Give, Book Blurbs

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips and tricks for navigating the world of book blurbs.

Storyville: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scene Breaks

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips on inserting scene breaks into your short stories.

Storyville: Story Dissection — "In His House"

Column by Richard Thomas
Richard dissects his epistolary horror story, "In His House."

Storyville: Evaluating Your Work in Progress—As Author, Editor, and Reader

Column by Richard Thomas
It's crucial that you can read your writing as the audience, an author, AND an editor.

Storyville: Writing for the Ideal Reader

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you write to your ideal reader? Here are some tips and suggestions.

Storyville: Reasons Authors Don't Submit Their Work—And My Responses

Column by Richard Thomas
The top reasons authors don't submit their work, and my responses.

Storyville: What Do You Have the Authority to Write?

Column by Richard Thomas
Experience vs. research: What stories are yours to tell?

Storyville: Writing Horror in a Post-Covid World

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you write dark fiction in a post-Covid world? Be a phoenix, rising from the ashes.

Storyville: Body, Mind, and Soul—Adding Depth to Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas December 22, 2020
Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.

Storyville: How Long Should Your Story Be?

Column by Richard Thomas
Is there enough meat on the bone to support your word count? It depends on a number of variables.

Storyville: Foreshadowing in Fiction—How to Set the Stage

Column by Richard Thomas October 23, 2020
Tips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.

Storyville: How to Collaborate on a Fiction Project

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips on how to engage in a successful collaborative fiction project with other writers.

Storyville: Writing in a Time of Chaos

Column by Richard Thomas
How to write when the world around you is in a state of decay?

Storyville: Why Denouement is So Important to a Satisfying Story

Column by Richard Thomas
Advice on how to make your denouement really shine.

Storyville: Universal Truths Can Help Your Readers Relate

Column by Richard Thomas
Examples of how to use universal truths in your fiction.

Storyville: Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Reprints

Column by Richard Thomas July 28, 2020
Why should you get your stories reprinted? It can help your career!

Storyville: Advanced Writing Workshop Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Column by Richard Thomas
Applying edits, pushing yourself, and writing to a specific market. Some additional tips to help you survive the workshop environment.

Storyville: Surviving Rejection

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips, stories, and advice on how to survive rejection.

Storyville: Advanced Storytelling Techniques

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.

Storyville: Turning Your Obsessions Into Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.

Storyville: Writing a Compelling Novel Synopsis

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips and trick for writing a compelling novel synopsis.

Storyville: Using a Chorus in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips and tricks for using a chorus in your fiction.

Storyville: The Duality of Strong Emotions

Column by Richard Thomas
Love vs. Hate. How to employ the duality of strong emotions to improve your fiction.