Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Aliens

Everything you need to know about aliens, the biological definition of life, and SCIENCE!
Troy Farah

Dystropia: No More Mr. Vice Guy!

In: Cliche
In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Shock Totem, Shimmer, and The Dark

In: Research
Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.
Christopher Shultz

Want To Be A Better Writer? Take Acting Classes

From basic games to complex script analysis, actors have a thing or two to teach writers.
Taylor Houston

Wassailing with Wenceslas - Christmas Carol Origins

In: Word Play
What does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.
Leah Dearborn

Magical Thinking and Santa Claus: How Holidays Help Create Writers

In: Research
Magical thinking, including an early belief in Santa Claus, may play a role in how imagination and creativity develop.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: My Ten Favorite Short Stories of 2013

In: Voice
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Evolution

In: Research
Everything you need to know about evolution, natural selection, and SCIENCE!
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Dissecting "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates

One of the most talked about, published and taught stories, I dissect "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Amnesia

Everything you need to know about memory loss, amnesia, and SCIENCE!
Taylor Houston

Different Ways to Tell the Truth: A Primer on Creative Nonfiction Subgenres

In: Theme
There are many ways to tell a true story--here are just a few.
Leah Dearborn

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

In: Theme
Books are not always innocent creations. Time and again, the written word has helped to both inflame and resolve human conflicts.
Kelly Thompson

5 Reasons A Good Writing Group Can Save You

What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.
Leah Dearborn

Remember To Wear Pants: Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo with Your Dignity Intact

In: Research
NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Hot, Emerging, and Underappreciated Genres

In: Voice
Looking for something new to write? Here are ten hot, emerging, and underappreciated genres.
Troy Farah

Dystropia: How The Damsel in Distress Has Evolved

In: Cliche
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.
Taylor Houston

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

In: Theme
I dare you to scare me. 25 words. 2 sentences. Endless opportunity for horror and pre-Halloween fright.
Jon Gingerich

Symbolism: Storytelling and the Invisible Hand

Symbolism allows writers to get themselves off the page and lets their words do the talking.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Zombies

In: Research
What you need to know about zombies, infections, and SCIENCE.
Taylor Houston

Ask the Grammarian: Missing Semi-colons, Distinguishing Dashes, and Punctuating Quotations

In: Grammar
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Supernatural and Speculative Fiction—Getting Weird Without Losing Your Audience

In: Voice
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.
Leah Dearborn

The Devil That You Know: Literature's Evil Archetype

In: Theme
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.
Erin Reel

Books on Writing: What Authors, Agents and Editors Read

In: Research
What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Taylor Houston

Updated With Winners: LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: September Edition (...and another chance to win Chuck Palahniuk's new book!)

In: Plot
Get another chance to win one of three copies we are giving away of Chuck Palahniuk's next book Doomed by writing a metaphor for Purgatory in 25 words or less.
Leah Dearborn

How Precocious is Too Precocious? Writing Smart but Believable Kids

In: Character
There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.