I’m a big believer that art happens only when one pays attention to the craft. To that end, I try to be as specific as possible when teaching or offering feedback on students’ work. Each of these essays addresses a specific part of the craft of writing; some have previously appeared over at the Cult, others are exclusive to LitReactor. Most of these come from questions and follow-up discussions with students on the Cult, or are a result of input from some of you here at LitReactor. Now back to work.
Being deliberately transgressive is the safest move a writer can make.
A good description uses lots of details to paint a vivid picture for the reader; a great description uses just a few details placed in opposition to each other to elicit an image from the reader's imagination. This essay originally appeared over at The Cult.
Three common errors that are easy to spot and easy to fix, which makes for a radical improvement in your prose.
On giving your characters volition by making their actions deliberate, plus a handy postscript on the erroneous concept of the "passive verb." This essay originally appeared over at The Cult.
Some personal thoughts on planning a story... and then sticking with it.
A few practical techniques for writing dialogue.