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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.

Storyville: Using Terror and Horror to Tell Powerful Stories

Column by Richard Thomas
When you use terror as the emotional set up, and horror as the devastating reveal, your stories will resonate with your readers.

Storyville: Creating Tension in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you create tension in your fiction? Here are some tips.

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

Column by Richard Thomas
A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

Column by Richard Thomas
Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing.

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

Column by Richard Thomas
Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.

Storyville: The Proper Use of Violence in Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas July 7, 2017
Violence in fiction—when to use it, and when to avoid it.

Storyville: Avoiding Purple Prose in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas June 20, 2017
How to avoid writing purple prose.

Storyville: Adding Diversity to Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas June 8, 2017
Some tips on how to be more inclusive in your writing.

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas May 31, 2017
Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.

Storyville: Leaving Room for the Reader in Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas
Thoughts and advice on how to leave room for your readers when writing fiction.

Storyville: Great Titles—Hooking Your Readers

Column by Richard Thomas April 17, 2017
Some ideas on how to hook your readers with your titles.

Storyville: Writing Contemporary Magical Realism

Column by Richard Thomas March 21, 2017
Tips on how to write contemporary magical realism.

Storyville: Writing a Story or Novel Based on One Emotion

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips, advice and process for writing a story or novel based on one emotion.

Storyville: How to Survive a Creative Writing Workshop

Column by Richard Thomas February 22, 2017
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.

Storyville: 10 Highly Anticipated Books for 2017

Column by Richard Thomas
Storyville brings you some of the most hotly anticipated releases coming out this year.

Storyville: 101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

Column by Richard Thomas January 16, 2017
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

Storyville: When to Be Conventional, and When to Be Weird

Column by Richard Thomas
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.

Storyville: 10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas November 30, 2016
10 Neo-Noir Films to Influence Your Fiction

Storyville: 10 Lesser-Known Stephen King Books Worth Reading

Column by Richard Thomas October 28, 2016
10 lesser-known books by the master of horror that are worth your attention.

The 10 Types of Horror Stories I’d Love To Read

Column by Richard Thomas October 11, 2016
Here are ten horror story ideas I'd love to see.