Rob Hart

Path to Publication Part 4: Mea Culpa

In: Rewriting
Looks like I got a little ahead of myself...
Taylor Houston

Sentence, INTERRUPTED! - Five Ways to Interrupt Yourself (Grammatically)

In: Grammar
Commas, parentheses, and dashes are just a few ways to interrupt a perfectly good sentence.
Stephen Graham Jones

Write Or Go Home

Essays from the doctor himself, Stephen Graham Jones. Stephen is a critically acclaimed author and instructor here at LitReactor. When not contributing craft essays, he also writes for our Magazine.
Jon Gingerich

Writing Powerful Descriptions

Why the best descriptions are the ones that are easily understood, yet leave a lasting impression on readers’ minds.
Taylor Houston

Short Shorts: Extremely brief prose forms plus LitReactor’s first Short Shorts Contest!

In: Plot
Learn all about how to write the shortest stories possible, plus enter your own 10 word/2 sentence short short for a chance to win some LitReactor swag. Short short = Win win!
Jon Gingerich

False Starts, Dead Ends and Bad Beginnings: A Guide to Successful Storytelling Patterns

Why failing to establish clear narrative patterns or ignoring a story’s natural capacity to surprise can render an otherwise compelling work into an instant dud.
Ed Sikov

Getting It Right: Accuracy, Truth, and the Fudge Factor

In: Research
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

In: Research
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
Taylor Houston

Drag it Out: How to Use Extended Metaphors for Maximum Effect

A discussion of successful extended metaphors and how to create your own.
Kelly Thompson

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
Rob Hart

The Path To Publication Part 3: When Is Done, Done?

In: Rewriting
In this installment, I discuss why I haven't been able to meet the self-imposed deadline I set for myself last month!
Taylor Houston

Autobiographical Fiction: Using Your Real Life To Craft Great Fiction

In: Plot
When crafting fiction from your real life, tread lightly and follow these tips.
Jon Gingerich

Writing in the Negative

Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.
Rob Hart

Get Off The Dang Computer: The Benefits Of Hands-On Research

In: Research
The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Where do you get your ideas? Turns out, you can get them just about anywhere. But the best stories tap into your personal experiences and emotional truths.
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.