Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Fool Your Readers

Ten tips for the best ways to fool your readers.
George Cotronis

Brainstorm Your Next Novel with Fiasco - Part 2

We come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
Max Booth III

Abandoning Linearity and Enabling Shuffle Mode: How to Write Out of Sequence

By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.
George Cotronis

Brainstorm Your Next Novel with Fiasco - Part 1

Having some trouble with your novel WIP? Not sure how to connect the dots or how to fill out that character roster? I’m here to help.
Robbie Blair

8 Ways to Outline a Novel

I go into several methods for outlining longer pieces, including free-write summary, skeletal summaries, "snowflake" summaries, visual outlines, and more.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing a Novel Without Plotting it Out

Tips on how to write a novel without plotting it out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
Taylor Houston

UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: January Edition

New year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Taylor Houston

Updated With Winners: LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: September Edition (...and another chance to win Chuck Palahniuk's new book!)

Get another chance to win one of three copies we are giving away of Chuck Palahniuk's next book Doomed by writing a metaphor for Purgatory in 25 words or less.
Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr and Anisse Gross Talk Plot

LitReactor instructor and 'Fight Song' author Joshua Mohr talks writing plots with The Rumpus film editor Anisse Gross. You should probably listen.
Robbie Blair

7 Things Dungeons & Dragons Taught Me About Storytelling

A nerdy confessional where I go back through some tabletop RPG experiences that taught me valuable storytelling truths.
Taylor Houston

Life-Changers and Soul-Crushers: 3 Books I Feel Blessed to Have Read & 3 I Wish I Could Obliterate from My Memory

Let the debates begin! Three books that made me want to be a better writer and better person, and three books that made me want to gouge my eyes out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Fireflies"

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

This is Not a Checklist: How to Write a Story

Some things to have taken into consideration while writing your story. Not rules, just after-the-fact guidelines.
Erik Wecks

Info Dumps Aren't Evil

Writers are often told to avoid information dumps at all costs, but this can leave a story feeling clipped and lacking necessary description.
Jon Gingerich

Five Plot Devices That Hurt Your Writing

In: Endings, List, Plot
A list of common storytelling devices writers employ that usually cause far more harm than good.
Chris Rosales

Dramatic Situation Vs. Dramatic Scene: Win the Fight Against Poor Form

There is a symbiotic "formal" relationship between situation and scene. A clearly defined dramatic-situation enhances the tension of your scenes, and more scenes ensure deeper exploration of premise.
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.