Richard Thomas

Storyville: Unreliable Narrators

What is an unreliable narrator and how can it affect your writing?

Withholding: The Secret To Comedy Writing

Withholding gets a bad rap from lazy mysteries and lousy thrillers. But it's a great comedy writing tool.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Massive, Multi-Pronged Hook

If you think the only hook to your story or novel is the first line, then boy do I have some news for you.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

The Sound of Absence: Utilizing White Space in Poetry

This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Body, Mind, and Soul—Adding Depth to Your Stories

Using the concept of body, mind, and soul, you can create a deeper experience with your stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Foreshadowing in Fiction—How to Set the Stage

Tips on how to use foreshadowing to write layered stories with powerful emotion.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Storytelling Techniques

Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.

Clarity vs. Experimentation: A Letter To Myself

Does your work have a worthwhile story underneath the experiment? In other words, are you going to pay off the work a reader does to understand what’s going on?
Taylor Houston

Feedback Loop: Revisiting Autobiographical Fiction

In which Taylor revisits her 2012 article about autobiographical fiction and nearly twists herself into a knot trying to explain what the hell she actually meant, if anything...
Justin Hunter

How to Hide Exposition Through Action

"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action.
Brian Allen Carr

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality.
Fred Venturini

The Leftovers Pilot: Television Turns Literary

The Leftovers pilot is packed with literary flourishes that carry throughout the entire series. Fred Venturini breaks down the techniques that power one of the best shows on television.
Leah Rhyne

Elizabeth Bennet: The Original Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Leah Rhyne

Jessica Jones vs. Sansa Stark: Rape Culture in Entertainment, and Why We Should Talk About It

Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
Chuck Palahniuk

One Word Leads To The Next: Unconventional Conjunctive Devices

An essay that explores unconventional conjunctive devices and how they can link a story together, making it more like a song or piece of music.
Chuck Palahniuk

The Haunting: How To Conquer The Shame Of Being A Writer

An essay about why the vocation of writing can sometimes feel shameful, and how to own that shame and then eventually conquer it.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made of SCIENCE: Cloning

Everything you need to know about cloning, genetic modification, and SCIENCE!
Taylor Houston

Seven Songs, Seven Literary Devices — Celebrating the Poetics of Songwriting

Songs are poems, too. Or, the article in which I mention Katy Perry, Yeezy, Ezra Pound, Dante, and Flight of the Concords.
Chuck Palahniuk

Consider This: Undecidability

Chuck Palahniuk talks about the unresolved, and how undecidability is always more scary than simply being told the answer.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!