Leah Dearborn

How Precocious is Too Precocious? Writing Smart but Believable Kids

There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Kimberly Turner

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Robbie Blair

Do or Dialect: 6 Tips for Building a Believable Voice

Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

Dissecting my story, "Fireflies," I shine a light on my first attempt at magical realism — craft, process, and structure.
Robbie Blair

8 Ways to Flesh Out a Character

Looking to develop a character? Here are eight ways you can create a fleshier concept for who your character is and what drives them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Breaking Hearts

In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Dialogue

What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Beyond the Good/Bad Character Dichotomy

Crafting unique characters is a delicate process. Here’s a few tips to help writers bring life and color to the people in their stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dynamic Settings

Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

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

Storyville: Writing About Sex

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.
Chris Rosales

Acting on the Fictional Stage: The Dramatic Method in Fiction

Harness The Dramatic Method For Character Action
Joshua Mohr

An Unreliably Narrated Essay

In the reviews of my first two novels, the issue of the unreliable narrator has been mentioned often. Whether this is meant as criticism, compliment, or some tangle of the two, the following problem remains whenever this point is raised: I don’t believe in the unreliable narrator.
Jon Gingerich

The Escaping Character

A unique, compelling character must always possess the ability to confront — and ultimately confuse — readers’ expectations at every turn.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing Horror Stories

What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.
Cath Murphy

Keeping it Real: A Rough Guide to Using Real People As Fictional Characters

Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are all said to be based on real people. Is using your boss or neighbor as a ready made character a stroke of genius, or a fast route to a lawsuit?
Cath Murphy

The Third Character: A (Very) Rough Guide to Settings

Choosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Revealing Character

Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.