'Fifty Shades' Author EL James To Publish Writing Guide

'Fifty Shades' Author EL James To Publish Writing Guide

News by Rob Hart March 12, 2013
Erotica writer EL James will publish a guide offering advice to writers. This is not an Onion story.

Storyville: Writing the Grotesque

Column by Richard Thomas March 11, 2013
Damaged, deformed, and dysfunctional characters—we still have compassion for them. This is the grotesque.

Storyville: Breaking Hearts

Column by Richard Thomas February 12, 2013
In order to break a reader's heart, you first must get them to care.

Storyville: Researching The Best American Short Stories Anthology

Column by Richard Thomas February 5, 2013
When you are looking to do research on literary short fiction, start with the Best American Short Stories anthology.

7 Strategies to Outsmart Writer's Block

Column by Robbie Blair January 16, 2013
A brief look at the neuroscience and psychology of writer's block, along with seven strategies for how you can outsmart this adversary of writers around the world.

Storyville: Writing Dialogue

Column by Richard Thomas January 14, 2013
What is the function of dialogue, and how do you make it sing?

Storyville: NaNoWriMo and Free Writing

Column by Richard Thomas November 2, 2012
Whether it's during NaNoWriMo or on your own, free writing can help you channel your visions.

Storyville: Dynamic Settings

Column by Richard Thomas October 25, 2012
Setting is one of the most important aspects of your story; don't overlook it.

The 3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them?

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2012
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."

10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong

Column by Taylor Houston October 3, 2012
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.

Getting Over It, Getting It Out: On Embracing A Bad First Draft

Column by Jon Gingerich September 26, 2012
Let's face it: the first draft of anything is going to be awful. That's okay. In fact, here's why it's encouraged.

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.

Storyville: Narrative Hooks

Column by Richard Thomas September 19, 2012
Writing a great narrative hook isn't easy, but it's one way to grab your audience and never let them go.

Storyville: Writing About Sex

Column by Richard Thomas September 5, 2012
How do you write a good sex scene? By utilizing the right language, all five senses, and empathetic characters, you can seduce the reader into living the moment.

Storyville: Endings, Twisted and Otherwise

Column by Richard Thomas August 16, 2012
A beginning, a middle, and an end. Let's talk about the end. Make it resonate.

What I Learned From My Kickstarter Campaign

Column by Kelly Thompson August 6, 2012
Two weeks after a successful Kickstarter campaign for my novel, 'The Girl Who Would Be King,' I'm here to tell you about my experiences - what worked, what didn't, and a few things I'd recommend.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.
Joshua Mohr - 'An Unreliably Narrated Essay'

New Essay by Joshua Mohr - 'An Unreliably Narrated Essay'

News by Dennis Widmyer
An essay by Joshua Mohr, critically acclaimed author of 'Damascus.' This essay was featured in Josh's sold-out class with us, 'Plotlines' and is being offered exclusively now for Workshop Members.

The Escaping Character

Column by Jon Gingerich June 13, 2012
A unique, compelling character must always possess the ability to confront — and ultimately confuse — readers’ expectations at every turn.

Seriously Though, Do I Really Need An MFA?

Column by Rob Hart June 12, 2012
It's a tough question many writers struggle with: Is it worth it to get an MFA? On one hand, you get intense instruction. On the other, you pay A LOT of money. Can we talk about this?
LitReactor Is Looking For Some New Instructors

LitReactor Is Looking For Some New Instructors

News by Dennis Widmyer
LitReactor is looking for some new instructors to teach shorter-form workshops and weekend webinars on the business side of writing. Think you fit the bill? Read on!

Storyville: Dissection of "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave"

Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."

The Spiraling Narrative

Column by Jon Gingerich April 26, 2012
Plots shouldn't unfold with cause-and-effect insomuch as careful repetitions of symbolism and theme. Here's one way you can do this without forcing the story to wear symbolism on it sleeve.

Storyville: Revealing Character

Column by Richard Thomas April 17, 2012
Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.