Richard Thomas

Storyville: Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Reprints

Why should you get your stories reprinted? It can help your career!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Surviving Rejection

Tips, stories, and advice on how to survive rejection.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Turning Your Obsessions Into Fiction

Some tips for turning your obsessions—good and bad—into powerful stories.
Gabino Iglesias

Writing Tips From the Don Winslow Universe

Certain writers demand to be read, and doing so is a class to all who do. Don Winslow is one of them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ending 2019 with a Bang

Some tips for how to end 2019 and set up 2020 for writing success.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using Your Family to Tell Dark Stories

Some tips on using the people around you to provide depth, meaning, emotion, and authority in your stories.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Using Rituals to Make Your Stories More Believable

Some tips on how to use ritual, ceremony, and witchcraft to make your story more believable.
Gabino Iglesias

8 Writing and Researching Tools You Might be Ignoring

When it comes to writing and research, some really useful tools are hiding in plain sight. Here's a list of my favorites.
Fred Venturini

Reality in Fiction: The Invisible Signature of Your Favorite Authors

The role of real events in fictional stories is an unavoidable aspect of an author's signature voice—and even the authors themselves don't know where the line between the two is drawn.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Letting Film Unblock, Inspire, and Add Depth to Your Fiction

Tips on how film can help unblock, inspire, and add depth to your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Travel Can Inform Your Writing

Tips on how travel can inform your fiction.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Living Vicariously Through Our Fiction

Some thoughts on how and why we live through our stories and protagonists.
Repo Kempt

10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read

Given the limited amount of reading time in our lives, it's important not to waste time consuming material that won't help us progress and develop.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Reading Broadly to Write Better

In order to write deep, layered, original fiction you MUST read broadly.

Instead of Joining a Book Club This Year, Subscribe To a Literary Podcast

Make it your New Year's Resolution to find and read more books through the literary world's secret weapon: podcasts.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Method Writing

What is method writing, and how can it help breathe authenticity into your work?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What the 'Best Horror of the Year' Anthology Can Teach Us

There is a lot we, as authors, can learn by reading the Best Horror of the Year anthology.
Gabino Iglesias

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Religion in Your Fiction

Religion is a huge part of life. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't ignore it in your fiction.
James A. McLaughlin

Bearskin: A Fast Read 20 Years in the Making

The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Blood

A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript involves blood.
Justin Hunter

Research Isn't Writing

Research is important, but you don't want to become a researcher. Learn how to research as a writer instead of writing as a researcher.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Activities to Feed Your Dark Creative Soul Around Halloween

A few ideas on how to tap into your inner darkness, as we approach Halloween.
Mike Cooper

Using The *Big* Words: Five Tips On Making Jargon And Tech Work For Your Writing, Rather Than Against It

With his new heist novel "The Downside" on shelves now, Mike Cooper offers some tips on how to prevent tech-heavy prose from making your story screech to a halt.
Repo Kempt

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.
Richard Thomas

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

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction.