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Storyville: My Ten Favorite Short Stories of 2013

Column by Richard Thomas December 12, 2013
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

Column by Richard Thomas November 25, 2013
One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.

Storyville: 10 Hot, Emerging, and Underappreciated Genres

Column by Richard Thomas November 5, 2013
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.

Storyville: Supernatural and Speculative Fiction—Getting Weird Without Losing Your Audience

Column by Richard Thomas October 18, 2013
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.

Storyville: 10 of the Scariest Books I've Ever Read

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2013
Here are ten of the scariest, darkest, and most disturbing books I've read.

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

Column by Richard Thomas September 25, 2013
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

Column by Richard Thomas September 4, 2013
How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

Column by Richard Thomas August 21, 2013
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.

Storyville: Ten Tips for Successfully Publishing Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas August 8, 2013
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.

Storyville: What is Literary Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas August 1, 2013
How do you define literary fiction?

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Column by Richard Thomas July 22, 2013
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?

Storyville: Dramatic Structure and Freytag's Triangle

Column by Richard Thomas July 18, 2013
Is your dramatic structure intact? Study Freytag's Triangle to see if it is.

Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

Column by Richard Thomas July 2, 2013
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?

Storyville: How Do You Know When Your Story is Done?

Column by Richard Thomas June 24, 2013
It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.

Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

Column by Richard Thomas June 14, 2013
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

Column by Richard Thomas June 3, 2013
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.

Storyville: 8 Tips For Growing Your Brand

Column by Richard Thomas May 23, 2013
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.

Storyville: Ten Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets

Column by Richard Thomas May 14, 2013
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.

Storyville: Why Write Short Stories At All?

Column by Richard Thomas May 1, 2013
Why should you even bother with stories, novels are where it's at, right? No--walk before you can run.

Storyville: 20 Things I've Learned About Writing

Column by Richard Thomas April 24, 2013
Over the past five years I've learned a lot of things about writing — here are 20 of them.

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Column by Richard Thomas April 11, 2013
Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

Column by Richard Thomas April 2, 2013
Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.

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: Top Ten Things Literary Journals Need to Do. NOW.

Column by Richard Thomas March 1, 2013
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.

Storyville: Breaking Hearts

Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.