BH Shepherd

Words Mightier Than Bullets: Tarantino on Story

A look at the theme of storytelling throughout Quentin Tarantino's filmography.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love in Fiction

How to write about love in your fiction.
Leah Rhyne

Jessica Jones vs. Sansa Stark: Rape Culture in Entertainment, and Why We Should Talk About It

Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write Flash Fiction

Tips and tricks for writing powerful flash fiction.
Robbie Blair

Fiction Shmiction: The Complex Question of Writing as Activism

If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.
John Jarzemsky

Writing 'The Other'

When does writing about The Other stop being an exercise in understanding and become something exploitative?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Love Instead of Death—Writing With Heart

Replace death with love, in your writing, and see what happens.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Writing About Taboo Subjects

When writing about taboo subjects, be careful how you do it.
Leah Dearborn

Shelving a Fear of Romance

Trade romance sales make up the largest share of the U.S. consumer book market, yet they carry a lot of negative associations. Does romance deserve a second chance?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Three Essential Books On Writing

Three essential books on writing by Stephen King, Donald Maas and Jeff VanderMeer.
Leah Dearborn

The Pen and the Sword: Ten Books That Instigate Conflict and Promote Peace

Books are not always innocent creations. Time and again, the written word has helped to both inflame and resolve human conflicts.
Taylor Houston

UPDATED WITH WINNER: LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: October Edition

I dare you to scare me. 25 words. 2 sentences. Endless opportunity for horror and pre-Halloween fright.
Leah Dearborn

The Devil That You Know: Literature's Evil Archetype

Old Nick has left his stamp on literature ever since men began putting pen to paper. Whether literally or figuratively, nearly everyone has a demon or two waiting to jump onto the page.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Avoid Cliches and Stereotypes

Ten tips to avoid clichés and stereotypes in your fiction.
Craig Clevenger Photo

The Safety of Transgression versus the Risk of Honesty

Being deliberately transgressive is the safest move a writer can make.
Jon Gingerich

10 Stories We Never Need to See in Workshops Again

A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Happy, Not Sappy

It's not easy to write a happy story that is not melodramatic, but here are some tips on how to get there.
Jon Gingerich

Understanding the Objective Correlative

One way to embed a central theme in a story is with the use of a literary device commonly referred to as the Objective Correlative.
Rob Hart

The Art of the Content Edit: 10 Ways To Make Sure You're Doing It Right

The proofreading phase is when a book gets pretty--but the content edit is when you really bring the story home. Here's how to do it right.
Chris Rosales

Figurative Language, and Stuff Like That

Add depth to your writing with a Figurative Language Well.
Jack Ketchum

Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror

Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.