Max Booth III

The Horror Punchline

How to structure horror fiction with a standup comedian's POV.
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: How Long Should Your Story Be?

Is there enough meat on the bone to support your word count? It depends on a number of variables.
Karin Cecile Davidson

Meandering, Wrecked, and Random: My First True Understanding of Narrative Structure

Davidson finds her debut novel, "Sybelia Drive", over the course of 20 years of wandering.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Advanced Storytelling Techniques

Tips for how to execute some advanced storytelling techniques.
Max Booth III

Two Truths and One Lie: How to Use Real Experience to Write a Story

Formulating a three-act structure by recycling traumatic memories.
Susan DeFreitas

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”
BH Shepherd

Narrative Detour: Rediscover Your Novel

A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.

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?
emmanuelnataf

Analyzing the Three-Act Structure in Tolkien's 'Fellowship of the Ring'

To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.
Justin Hunter

5 Reasons Why You Should Write a Screenplay

Writers of prose would do well to follow the methods of screenwriters to help immerse readers in their story.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Horror Story vs. Horror Novel

How do you know if your horror project is a story, novella, or novel? Some quick tips.
Fred Venturini

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Are You Unique or Just Difficult with Your Fiction?

Make sure you're not being difficult and vague when trying to write unique stories. Here are some tips.
Christoph Paul

Seeing the Page Like A Quarterback Sees the Field

Using football metaphors, I compare how being a successful QB is similar to being a good writer.
Christopher Shultz

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Badlands'

How effective is the first act of Terrence Malick's debut feature on the page?
Leah Dearborn

Finding Poetry In Computer Code

Is there a linguistic elegance to code? Is it only ever for issuing commands, or can it be for the enjoyment of the programmer?

Making A Murderer: How Good Storytelling Made It So Damn Compelling

'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.
JS Breukelaar

Five Literary Sex Scenes You Wish You'd Written

Unearned sex scenes are hard to swallow. Here are five writers that get to the guts of what's at stake when we get naked.
JS Breukelaar

Five Ray Bradbury Stories That Tell Us Everything We Need to Know About Writing.

No writer stalked the inherent tensions in fiction with more guts and style than Ray Bradbury. Here are five lessons in conflict from the master of wonder.
Susan DeFreitas

What Every Successful Novel Opening Must Do: Myth vs. Reality

It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.