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Narrative Mechanics in Hearthstone: How a Card Game Can Tell a Story

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

An examination of how game mechanics can tell a story. Column by BH Shepherd Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is one of the most popular video games in the world. A free-to-play game available on nearly all computers, tablets and phones, where it entertains over 75 million players. Show More Summary

The Life Cycle of Books

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

What happens to books when they are disposed of, and how much material does it actually take to print a single novel? Column by Leah Dearborn Books are born and die all the time. I'm not speaking of the cycle of creation that all writers know so well: the loop of ideas, draft, submissions, and eventual publication. Show More Summary

Setting the Mood: 24 Songs to Accompany Specific Scenes While Writing

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Songs to inspire kickass car chases, shootouts, and sexy sex scenes, amongst other things. Column by Max Booth III Music is medicine. Sure, if you get shot in the stomach, cranking CCR isn’t going to stop you from bleeding out. Odds are, if you’re reading this, then you’re old enough to understand that music cannot treat bullet wounds. Show More Summary

'Space Raptor Butt Invasion' and the Other Hugo Award Finalists

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Hugo Award finalists have been announced, and they include 'Fury Road', Neil Gaiman, and 'Space Raptor Butt Invasion.' News by Peter Derk The list of Hugo Award Finalists has been announced, and why bury the lead? Chuck Tingle's Space...Show More Summary

Crowdfunding for Writers: 10 Tips for Running a Successful Patreon Campaign

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Wondering which platform is the best fit for your writing? The new kid on the crowdfunding block may be your new best friend. Column by Susan DeFreitas Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a big splash in recent years, helping creative people raise funds for everything from videogames to unicorgis. Show More Summary

Bret Easton Ellis to Direct ‘The Deleted’

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The ‘American Psycho’ author will be gifting fans with ‘The Deleted.’ News by Raine Winters Image via Flavorwire Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho, is about to enter a world he has never ventured into before: directing a television...Show More Summary

Missouri Senator Filibusters Using 50-Cent's Book

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A Missouri senator in need of filibuster material turns to the writing of none other than 50-Cent. News by Peter Derk How did the Missouri Senate end up with a readaloud of 50-Cent's book of advice? And does that advice contain lyrics...Show More Summary

They Alive, Dammit! ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and Strong Character Arcs

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It's a miracle! Column by Max Booth III Google around and you’ll find dozens of articles telling you how to write believable characters. Some of the articles might have some helpful advice and some of them might spit bullshit at you....Show More Summary

10 Reasons Why Books Are Always Better Than Boys

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Books or boys? How is a girl to chose? Here are ten reasons why books will never let you down. Column by Riki Cleveland 1. Neglect Isn’t a Thing Let’s face it- relationships are work, and boys especially need lots of care and tending, so it’s not always possible to step away for a few days or weeks and not lose momentum. Show More Summary

Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' Series, the Natural Progression for Harry Potter Fans

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look at Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' series (starting with 'The Eyre Affair') as a spiritual companion to Harry Potter. Column by Bart Bishop Many Harry Potter fans grew up with the character and his stories. The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first released in 1997 and was an immediate success. Show More Summary

The Movies And Books That Influenced Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look at the movies and books that influenced Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'. Column by Michael David Wilson Last month I explored five movies that influenced Quentin Tarantino’s feature-length debut, Reservoir Dogs. This month I’m turning my attention towards his second feature movie, Pulp Fiction. Show More Summary

5 Works of Art Ripe for the Storyteller's Plucking

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Some visual writing prompts speak, and some of them scream. Column by Christopher Shultz We've all heard of the visual writing prompt, right? It's the exercise whereby you write a story based on a photo, painting, or some other visual medium. Show More Summary

Storyville: Six Dark Contemporary Films That Can Inspire Your Fiction

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing. Column by Richard Thomas So over the past couple of years I’ve seen a lot of innovation in literature, and in film—especially with horror, and similar genres. Show More Summary

Bret Easton Ellis Takes In 'American Psycho: The Musical'

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

What did Bret Easton Ellis think of 'American Psycho: The Musical?' News by Peter Derk From a book so controversial that Simon & Schuster canceled its contract to mainstream, Broadway musical. That's the journey of American Psycho, and...Show More Summary

The 10 Most Compelling Hitlers in Fiction

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Some of the weirdest, wackiest, dare I say most compelling fictional portrayals of Adolf Hitler. Column by Peter Derk Before we get started, let's just be clear about one thing. This is not an endorsement of Hitler, not a loving memorial. Let's...Show More Summary

Draco and Ginny Returning in ‘The Cursed Child’

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Wands at the ready, HP fanatics! News by Raine Winters Harry Potter fans have been following J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feed in anticipation of more Cursed Child news … and she has finally divulged some details! Rowling tweeted a photo of...Show More Summary

Six Ways Pets Improve Your Writing

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

WARNING: Extreme cuteness contained within. Column by Raine Winters Every superhero has a sidekick. Every motorcycle has its sidecar. And every (animal loving) writer has his or her furry companion. Our pets bring us endless hours of joy and comfort in the funniest of ways—and even sometimes help us write. Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir' by Chris Offut

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

In 'My Father, the Pornographer', Offutt takes us on the journey with him, reading his father’s prodigious literary output as both a critic and as a son seeking answers. Column by Richard Thomas Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse...Show More Summary

The Optical Illusion of Perspective In Storytelling

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Skilled writers perform a kind of optical illusion of the mind's eye, creating language that matches and expands upon our own real life experiences. Column by Leah Dearborn I can usually tell when a character who wears glasses is written by an author with perfect vision. Show More Summary

John Green: Author, Internet Celebrity, Race Car Driver

2 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

'The Fault In Our Stars', race cars, and some suggested phrases to help you become pals with John Green. News by Peter Derk John Green, known for funny books about sad stuff, traded in his pen for a Corvette yesterday. Which is a pretty...Show More Summary

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