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Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.

Storyville: Writing Dialogue

Column by Richard Thomas January 14, 2013
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?

Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas January 3, 2013
No idea where to send your writing? Consult this list of the most common genre markets, as well as Richard's BIG LIST, five years in the making.

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: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever

Column by Richard Thomas December 4, 2012
This is a personal list of my favorite short stories, ten to be exact.

Storyville: Ten Awesome Authors You've Never Heard Of Before

Column by Richard Thomas November 19, 2012
Here are ten authors you've probably never heard of, and they are absolutely killing it.

Storyville: NaNoWriMo and Free Writing

Column by Richard Thomas November 2, 2012
Whether it's during NaNoWriMo or on your own, free writing can help you channel your visions.

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."

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Column by Richard Thomas September 19, 2012
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.

Storyville: Writing About Sex

Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2012
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

Column by Richard Thomas August 29, 2012
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.

Storyville: Endings, Twisted and Otherwise

Column by Richard Thomas August 16, 2012
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.

Storyville: Promotion

Column by Richard Thomas July 20, 2012
In this column, we talk about some of the ways you can promote your writing, for little or no money.

Storyville: 10 Ways to Balance Life and Writing

Column by Richard Thomas July 5, 2012
In this Storyville column I talk about the many different ways that I try to balance my writing and personal life.

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.

Storyville: Dissection of "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave"

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."

Storyville: Revealing Character

Column by Richard Thomas April 17, 2012
Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas March 13, 2012
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.

Storyville: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Column by Richard Thomas February 16, 2012
Where do you get your ideas? Turns out, you can get them just about anywhere. But the best stories tap into your personal experiences and emotional truths.

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

Column by Richard Thomas January 17, 2012
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.

Storyville: The Journey of "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears"

Column by Richard Thomas December 5, 2011
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

Column by Richard Thomas November 8, 2011
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Column by Richard Thomas October 19, 2011
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice