Robbie Blair

Overcoming Object Love: How to Write Female Leads Who Are People

In: Character
"Object love" is a painfully common writing disease that leads us to write two-dimensional women who are more object than person. This article explores how you can overcome the sickness.
Taylor Houston

Ask the Grammarian with Taylor Houston - Now Taking Your Questions

In: Grammar
I'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
BH Shepherd

Beautiful Void: The Importance of Implied Narrative

Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.
Taylor Houston

UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: January Edition

In: Plot
New year, new rules. This month, write about something "new" in 14 words or less.
Karina Wilson

Screenwriting: Speed Dating The First Five Pages

In: Voice
A screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: How to Write a Book Review

In: Research
Some tips on how to write a compelling book review.
Troy Farah

How Journalism Can Help Polish Your Fiction

In: Workshop
Journalism is an often ignored way to develop strong writing skills. When applied to fiction, the results can be outstanding. Just ask authors like Hemingway and Palahniuk, who were once reporters.
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.