Jon Gingerich

The Myth of Writer’s Block

An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.
Taylor Houston

The Period Part 2 - Dot Dearth: Postponing The Period On Purpose

In: Grammar
A continuation of last month's discussion of short sentence lengths. This month we'll explore the merits of the very long sentences.
Jon Gingerich

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
Taylor Houston

Change the World: Write Your Manifesto

You are a writer— an artiste! A creator of beauty and meaning. A cultural commentator. A revolutionary! It's about damn time you wrote your manifesto!
Jon Gingerich

Write What You Don’t Know

Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
Taylor Houston

The Period Part 1--Lots o' dots: How frequent and deliberate use of the humble period can create maximum impact.

In: Grammar
It may not seem like much, but that diminutive punctuation symbol at the end of your sentence has a lot of power. This article will focus on how to use the period to create different effects.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

In: Research
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
Rob Hart

Down With The Double Tap! (Why You Shouldn't Space Twice After Sentences)

Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Effective Dialogue

Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Jon Gingerich

The Changing Character

Does a character have to “change” during the course of a story? Do they have to evolve? Or can they continue behaving the same as always, even at the end of the narrative?
Brandon Tietz

Merits of Other Mediums: Going Beyond Books to Improve Your Craft

Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.
Brandon Tietz

The Art of the Live Reading

Why is live reading important and how do you do it? LitReactor tackles the subject.
Jon Gingerich

Putting An End To Plot Conveniences

Writers are often faced with the predicament of writing themselves into a plot corner. We know where our stories are supposed to go, but the plot becomes an impasse to resolution instead of a gateway.
Rob Hart

On Dialogue Tags: Why Anything Besides 'Said' And 'Asked' Is Lazy Writing

Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.
Taylor Houston

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.
Jon Gingerich

The Art Of The Rewrite

A true rewrite is not just editing, proofing or copy-editing, but a complete re-imagining of the work. Here’s a four-part process to fortify writers with a successful re-writing plan that works.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Journey

In: Research
The journey of a single short story can be a difficult one. Track "Rudy" on his epic voyage.
Taylor Houston

“I tell the truth, even when I lie.”: A Discussion of Unreliable Narrators

Can your narrator be trusted?? Reliable narrators are the norm, but unreliable narrators are great to read and fun to write.
Jon Gingerich

When To Show, When To Tell

Maintaining action is paramount in fiction, but sooner or later we’ll need to deliver expository details for our stories to make sense. So, how do writers engage while providing character depth?
Taylor Houston

Strong Words: Pumping Up Your Writing With Better Vocabulary

Flexing your vocabulary muscle makes your writing better, stronger, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Sentences With Impact

A guide to writing more active, more immediate, more powerful sentences that will grab your reader’s attention and make them remember what you’ve written.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Cover Letters and Bridging the Gap

In: Research
Once you've got a story written, how do you send it out into the world?
Taylor Houston

Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

In: Setting, Theme
Incorporating tone/mood into your settings for realistic descriptions that keep your reader hooked.