...to begin with, that is. And Pixar isn't afraid to admit this. In the sublime business book Creativity Inc. (which is also a great book on managing creative teams), Ed Catmull explains how this works as they work on a movie. They get sold on an idea, knowing that the first version is going to … Continue reading Pixar’s Movies All Suck…
I subscribed to Tin House this year. Tin House is a publication that puts out the very best of short fiction and poetry, and getting published there is a sing that you've "got it". The stories are all of the highest quality. Each print issue is also a precious item in it's own right, and … Continue reading Four Tin House Covers
In his book The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Tell tells us the secret to becoming a successful novelist. ...there is one discipline that stands above all else in the quest for writing success. I was fortunate to get this lesson early in my writing pursuit, and took it to heart. It is … Continue reading The Simple Thing it Takes to Become a Writer
I was recently asked by a friend if Her Body and Other Parties was good. I said "No", and the person stared at me. "It's outstanding, " I said. And it really is.
One of my favorite books of the last few years is John Langan's incredible The Fisherman, the 2016 Stoker Award winner. The Fisherman tells the story of two grieving men who become friends because of their shared passion for fishing (as a means to take their minds off the grief). The hear of a mysterious … Continue reading The Fisherman – Book Review
I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone looking to step up their writing game.
I’ve decided to teach and write full-time! So that means I’m expanding my catalog of classes, and opening it up to authors of all levels. If you’d like the complete University of Richard Fiction Writing Course Guide, click here to email me now! It includes more information on my classes such as rates, length, overviews, books, and testimonials.
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- Short Story Mechanics (LitReactor.com) two weeks long
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- Contemporary Dark Fiction (Skype, email, and Facebook) 16 weeks long
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- Novel in a Year (via Skype, email, and Facebook) 52 weeks long
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You know that thing, when you finally read a book you've heard about again and again but, for whatever reason, haven't gotten around to yet? And then you do and it's awesome. That? Yeah, I just had that with Ben H. Winter's excellent pre-apocalyptic mystery The Last Policeman. The Last Policeman is a book I … Continue reading The Last Policeman – Book Review
Elephants shouldn't glow. Humans shouldn't be careless with radioactive waste. But good writers should tell good stories, and that brings us to Brooke Bolander's The Only Harmless Great Thing. This tells the story of a woman and an elephant. The way the book is written may make the book slightly less appealing to readers, and … Continue reading Elephants Aglow – A Few Words About THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING
Raymond Chandler is the author I'm obsessing most over these days, and here's just a few of the reasons why: 1 - His prose Here are examples just from the start of The Little Sister, which I am now reading. The pebbled glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: 'Philip Marlowe... Investigations'. It … Continue reading Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession
Here are amazon's top 10 bestselling books for the past week.