Storyville: Dune is an Inspiring Film, and an Excellent Resource for Authors

Column by Richard Thomas
My thoughts on the 2021 film, "Dune", and how it might be a great resource for your writing.

Crime and Opportunity: When True-Crime Won't Sustain A Narrative

Column by Gabriel Hart September 28, 2021
A critique on the exploitive tendencies of true-crime.

How to Write Authentic Fiction

Column by Autumn Christian July 28, 2021
How to write authentic fiction that resonates with other people.

Black Bear: Aubrey Plaza, One-Piece Bathing Suits and Acts of Creation.

Column by Ben Tanzer
Can you truly understand an individual's creative process?

Meandering, Wrecked, and Random: My First True Understanding of Narrative Structure

Column by Karin Cecile Davidson
Davidson finds her debut novel, "Sybelia Drive", over the course of 20 years of wandering.

Story Tech: Arthur Morgan's Journal in Red Dead Redemption 2

Column by BH Shepherd December 6, 2018
A look at a key part of Red Dead Redemption 2's celebrated narrative.

The Element of Surprise: An Anti-Spoiler Manifesto

Column by Christopher Shultz April 30, 2015
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
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
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
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
Screenwriters and directors are storytellers, too. What can you, as a writer, learn from them?

8 Awesome Word-Nerd Games

Column by Rob Blair Young December 20, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.