Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Dana Fredsti

On Writer's Constipation, The Sophomore Slump and Zombies

Author Dana Fredsti talks about the trials and tribulations of writing the sequel to her hit book, 'Plague Town,' and all the anxiety and lessons that came with it.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

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

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

There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

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

Storyville: Where to Send Your Stories

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.
Robbie Blair

Why Netflix Makes You a Better Writer

Today's world of online streaming technology provides a powerful learning environment for hopeful writers. This article explores ways Netflix can educate writers and why you should care.
Kimberly Turner

Seven Badass Authors And Their Potentially Deadly Research Methods

New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.
Douglas Coupland

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Promotion

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

Storyville: Revealing Character

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

Ten Obvious Truths About Fiction

Ten obvious truths about fiction and its relationship with your readers.
Ed Sikov

Getting It Right: Accuracy, Truth, and the Fudge Factor

A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
Kelly Thompson

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
Rob Hart

Get Off The Dang Computer: The Benefits Of Hands-On Research

The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.
Taylor Houston

Change the World: Write Your Manifesto

You are a writer— an artiste! A creator of beauty and meaning. A cultural commentator. A revolutionary! It's about damn time you wrote your manifesto!
Jon Gingerich

Write What You Don’t Know

Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

An in-depth analysis of, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
Richard Thomas

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

The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Chuck Palahniuk

Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk

Christmas comes early today! In this essay Chuck provides a grab-bag of incredibly useful ideas that don't require too much individual elaboration. From delineating the three types of speech, to simple maxims for the writing life.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

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

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice
Chuck Palahniuk

Textures of Information

In: Research
Lists, recipes, documentaries--almost everything verbal or textual is storytelling in some form. Chuck makes the case for lifting from various non-fiction forms and quick-cutting between them to enrich the textures of your fiction.