Column by Fred Venturini
In this breakdown of the "Ozark" pilot, Fred Venturini breaks down how the episode sets milestones for the series, sets an aggressive pace, and uses characterization to build tension.
Column by Max Booth III
Prepare to wet your pants.
Column by Peter Derk February 10, 2017
Lessons from 'Arrival', 'The Social Network', and 'This American Life' on how to take a snoozer and make it into a great story.
Column by Max Booth III September 9, 2016
Here's why your dumb story keeps getting rejected.
A Conversation With Ben H. Winters About Racism, Outlining, and His New Novel 'Underground Airlines'Interview by Rob Hart July 8, 2016
Ben H. Winters talks about the controversy related to his new novel (or lack thereof), racial appropriation, outlining, and what he's got coming next...
Column by Cath Murphy
'Mr. Robot' has transformed its parent network USA from sad loser to crowing superstar. How? With superb writing. Here's what we can learn from its success.
Column by Raine Winters
In an era where every story is recycled, how do we as writers strive for originality?
Column by BH Shepherd June 26, 2015
We love a good ending, but what happens when a story doesn't have one?
Column by George Cotronis
We come back to our work in progress, ready to fill in some details about our fictional town and its inhabitants.
Column by John Jarzemsky August 18, 2014
'True Detective' was a smash hit, for lovers of television and literary horror alike, but is it all it's cracked up to be?
Column by Leah Dearborn May 20, 2014
Is any author truly innovative, or are all stories built on one of only seven sets of blueprints?
Column by Karina Wilson May 8, 2014
Turning points are essential to a compelling screen narrative. Discover how to liven up your dull "this then that" screenplay with timely swerves in story direction.
Column by BH Shepherd March 12, 2013
A list of plot twists that have been used and abused so often they have lost their capacity to surprise.
Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 7 - Stories We Never Need To See Again (Guest: Joshua Mohr)Podcast by Joshua Chaplinsky
Column by Jon Gingerich December 20, 2012
A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.
Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."