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

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.

Storyville: Show, Don't Tell

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips on how to show vs. telling, in your fiction, for a more immersive and powerful experience.

Storyville: Ending 2019 with a Bang

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips for how to end 2019 and set up 2020 for writing success.

Storyville: Using Your Family to Tell Dark Stories

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.

Storyville: Using Rituals to Make Your Stories More Believable

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.

Storyville: Finding Original Locations to Set Your Horror Stories

Column by Richard Thomas
How can you find original locations to set your horror stories? Here are a few ideas.

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.

Storyville: Letting Film Unblock, Inspire, and Add Depth to Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.

Storyville: How Travel Can Inform Your Writing

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.

Storyville: Sympathy for the Devil

Column by Richard Thomas
In order for your bad guys to truly resonate, we need to care about them, and feel strong emotions. Even if that emotion is hate.

Storyville: What is Head-Hopping and Why Should You Avoid It?

Column by Richard Thomas April 29, 2019
Tips for avoiding head-hopping in your fiction.

Storyville: Method Writing

Column by Richard Thomas January 10, 2019
What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?

Storyville: What the 'Best Horror of the Year' Anthology Can Teach Us

Column by Richard Thomas
There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.

Storyville: Finding Hope in Dark Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas November 29, 2018
It's possible to put hope in your dark fiction, quite possibly leading to a more satisfying experience.