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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Fiction As Film—Writing Scenes That Are Visual

How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
Taylor Houston

Ask the Grammarian: Multiple Hopes, Lay vs. Lie, Basically Useless Vocabulary, and a Stumper

In: Grammar
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
Nathan Scalia

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Multiple Personalities

What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: 10 Ways to Evaluate Your Writing Career

In: Research
How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.
Robbie Blair

Thickening Skin: 6 Tips for Taking Criticism

In: Workshop
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.
Taylor Houston

Nothing New Under The Sun: The Origins of 5 Common Literary Allusions Part 2

In: Grammar
Monkeys and horses and goats—Oh My! Five more common allusions explained.
Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr and Anisse Gross Talk Plot

In: Plot
LitReactor instructor and 'Fight Song' author Joshua Mohr talks writing plots with The Rumpus film editor Anisse Gross. You should probably listen.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: Manipulating Your Readers

How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Taylor Houston

Ask the Grammarian: 'Too' Many Commas, Sentence Fragments, and Rhetoric

In: Grammar
Where to put (or not put) commas with the word 'too', my opinion on sentence fragments, and a dicussion of rhetoric that could get me in trouble.
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.