Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: The Speed Of Light

What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
Troy Farah

Dystropia: All Hail The Magnificent Bastard

In: Cliche
In this episode of Dystropia, we look at the Magnificent Bastard, who is cunning, charming and crafty. What makes him tick and why are we all of a sudden so attracted to him?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Tips for Successfully Publishing Your Stories

In: Research
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.
Taylor Houston

Ask The Grammarian With Taylor Houston—Now Taking Your Questions

In: Grammar
Got a burning question about grammar or usage? Ask Taylor Houston, LitReactor's grammar columnuist, for help.
Jessica Meddows

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

In: Research
Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What is Literary Fiction?

In: Research
How do you define literary fiction?
Taylor Houston

Is it the Fourth or the 4th of July?: Formatting Numbers in Your Writing

In: Grammar
You may not know it, but there are many rules that govern when you should spell out a number and when you should use the numerals. Here are a few of them.
Kimberly Turner

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 15 Unconventional Story Methods

Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
Troy Farah

Dystropia: Examining the Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

In: Cliche
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dramatic Structure and Freytag's Triangle

In: Structure
Is your dramatic structure intact? Study Freytag's Triangle to see if it is.
Robbie Blair

7 Things Dungeons & Dragons Taught Me About Storytelling

In: Plot
A nerdy confessional where I go back through some tabletop RPG experiences that taught me valuable storytelling truths.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: What is Neo-Noir Fiction?

In: Voice
Neo-noir fiction is literally defined as "new-black," but what exactly does that mean?
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How Do You Know When Your Story is Done?

In: Research
It's hard to tell when a story is done. Here are some tips for figuring it out.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

In: Research
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.
Taylor Houston

...and ACTION!: The Who, What, When, and Why of Verb Conjugation

In: Grammar
Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
Robbie Blair

6 Ways You're Botching Your Dialogue

In: Dialogue
Want to improve your dialogue skills? This article looks at the mistakes writers commonly make.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

In: Research
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 8 Tips For Growing Your Brand

In: Research
Here are some quick tips for growing your brand and enhancing your image.
Jon Gingerich

Rejection: A Critical Device

Got a story that keeps getting turned down for publication? Here's how you can use industry rejection as a critical tool to improve your work.
Robbie Blair

Do or Dialect: 6 Tips for Building a Believable Voice

Six tips on creating a sense of a character's voice and dialect without resorting to painful phonetic representations.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Ten Ways to Evaluate Fiction Markets

In: Research
Here are ten ways to evaluate fiction markets, so you can place your stories with confidence.
Taylor Houston

Put a Cap on It: Learning the Rules of Capitalization

In: Grammar
Do You feel Compelled to Capitalize every other Word? If so, you are an OverCapitalizer. There is help—read on...
Erik Wecks

The Best Writers Break the Rules

In: Structure
Young writers shouldn't be afraid to challenge the conventions of storytelling if they have a plot-driven reason for doing so.