The Element of Surprise: An Anti-Spoiler Manifesto

Column by Christopher Shultz April 30, 2015 (3) comments
It's true that knowing spoilers won't hinder your enjoyment of a narrative. But it's also true that they will.

Narrative Failure: The Most Common Error Message in Video Games

Column by BH Shepherd November 20, 2014 (2) comments
The next gaming generation is here, so why are video games still making the same old storytelling mistakes?

'Game of Thrones' and the Power of Resolution

Column by Christopher Shultz April 11, 2014 (4) comments
Season finales don't have to be frustrating moments for viewers, and no other show pulls off a gratifying dénouement like 'Game of Thrones.' Let's discuss the whys and hows of it, shall we?

Beautiful Void: The Importance of Implied Narrative

Column by BH Shepherd January 31, 2014 (7) comments
Details are important, but so is what you leave out. A look at the subtle art of untold stories.

5 Storytelling Lessons You Can Learn From the Films of 2013

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky January 3, 2014 (9) comments
Screenwriters and directors are storytellers, too. What can you, as a writer, learn from them?

8 Awesome Word-Nerd Games

Column by Robbie Blair December 20, 2013 (2) comments
I share some of my favorite word-nerd games, including well-tried classics, lesser-known gems, and some truly strange favorites.

The Absence of Story in "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Column by BH Shepherd June 4, 2013 (5) comments
While it bears the brand of a franchise best known for being about exploring the unknown, the latest installment from Abrams is content to boldly go where many movies have gone before.

Forgetting the "Why" in the Narrative of Horror

Column by John Jarzemsky May 2, 2013 (5) comments
Telling a great story involves a slow and controlled release of information, but sometimes, the questions we choose not to answer are even more important.

10 Stories We Never Need to See in Workshops Again

Column by Jon Gingerich December 20, 2012 (39) comments
A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.

The Benefits of Free Indirect Discourse

Column by Jon Gingerich August 23, 2012 (9) comments
Writers who find themselves wrestling with point-of-view problems may want to consider a technique that combines the best of two narrative modes.
Vanessa Veselka Interview

5 Questions With LitReactor's Latest Instructor, Vanessa Veselka; 'Leading With Voice' Starts Monday

Interview by Rob Hart April 4, 2012 (5) comments
Vanessa Veselka's class, LEADING WITH VOICE, is in session on Monday. We've posed five questions to her, about the immediacy of the first-person narrative, and her debut novel 'Zazen.'

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

Column by Jon Gingerich March 15, 2012 (2) comments
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.

Generation Active: What Can Video Games Tell Us About the Future of Narratives?

Column by John Jarzemsky December 13, 2011 (12) comments
Are video games beginning to make us think differently about narrative? A look at historical trends in different mediums and narrative styles, and what that might mean for the future.