Each lesson begins with a compelling video, narrated by John Matthew Fox.
The videos cite examples from foundational literature as well as popular culture such as Breaking Bad.
But I couldn’t recommend Fox’s Triangle Method of Character Creation without sharing my experience of the course.
As an aspiring novelist who is stubborn and intractable, I often ignore conventional writers’ wisdom.
There is no space for one-on-one feedback, no writing exercises, and no student teacher interaction, but what you will find is well worth the time spent.
Each four- to seven-minute video tackles one topic related to creative writing, with the majority of videos centering on speculative fiction.In addition to the four cornerstones of every writer’s journey several supplemental resources can enhance writers’ enjoyment, deepen their experience and provide valuable bridges of learning to eliminate years of trial-and-error.Classes range from 2-5 hours with lessons 5-25 minutes or more in length.Writers can sign up and try one of the above listed classes (or all three and more for the ambitious types). They’ve enticed accomplished authors like Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and other award-winning books; Daniel Jose Older, author of Half-Resurrection Blues and Shadowshaper; and Susan Orlean, staff writer for the New Yorker, to contribute classes.It stands to reason that when well-established writers and editors choose to contribute educational material to a platform, the platform is well-designed.However, writers of all genres and disciplines will find valuable pointers on creating compelling content.A few of my favorite videos include The humor in Terrible Writing Advice tears down barriers, allows writers to consider how they have fallen victim to stereotypes and presents information in a compelling and informal way.As I researched Lit Reactor, I enjoyed browsing the expansive resources offered and found myself drawn into the community atmosphere. Beaubien created Terrible Writing Advice as a marketing tool for his Aeon Novel Series and the resulting video series turned into an unexpected success of script writing, writers’ advice, criticism, and I dare say, catharsis—for viewer and creator.One of the most compelling aspects of the site is its story feedback system. Think of Terrible Writing Advice as a college lecture course.When I began the Triangle Method of Character Creation, I meant to experience it as a reviewer, but I quickly found myself applying the tips Fox gives to my own work.Perhaps an example of the quality of the course can best be illustrated by how my own work changed as a result of what I learned from Fox’s video creative writing course.