In: Literary DevicesFiction writers can learn a great deal about craft by examining some of the common storytelling techniques used in modern film.
In: PhrasesOne of the biggest mistakes committed by both beginning and experienced writers is a failure to craft sentences that transmit information clearly, evenly, and with an emphasis on what’s important.
By Joshua Mohr
In the reviews of my first two novels, the issue of the unreliable narrator has been mentioned often. Whether this is meant as criticism, compliment, or some tangle of the two, the following problem remains whenever this point is raised: I don’t believe in the unreliable narrator.
In: Live ReadingTwo readings: one book store, one bar. Which was better? Well, it depends on if you prefer alcohol or silence more.
In: DialogueA list of some of the best conversation-creating writers out there.
In: NarratorA few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.
By Cath Murphy
By Cath Murphy
In: Literary DevicesWhy overwriting and needless instruction have a habit of killing a story every time.
By Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum on violence, pain, and the importance of not looking away.
In: ThemePlots shouldn't unfold with cause-and-effect insomuch as careful repetitions of symbolism and theme. Here's one way you can do this without forcing the story to wear symbolism on it sleeve.
By Max Barry
Max Barry shares his love/hate relationship with re-writing, and the importance of getting feedback on your initial drafts.
In: ResearchBooks are the best! So let's celebrate them today--a day marked by literary history!
In: GrammarThere's comes a point in every writer's life when the excuses for not learning how to use commas correctly simply run out. This is that time. Learn these. Right now. Or else.
In: StructureJust because it's popular for writers to create stories with non-linear narratives, it doesn't mean it's always a good idea. More often than not, in fact, it's a recipe for disaster.
By Keith Rawson
In: Live ReadingKeith Rawson talks up his recent author appearances with Johnny Shaw, Joe Lansdale, Owen Laukkanen, and James Sallis.
In: PlotWe're moving on from the land of computers to writing on tablets and smart phones. Here are a few ways that writing is happening with these new implements.
By Rob Hart
In: RewritingLooks like I got a little ahead of myself...
In: GrammarCommas, parentheses, and dashes are just a few ways to interrupt a perfectly good sentence.
In: Character, Dialogue, Grammar, Narrator, Plot, POV, Research, Rewriting, Setting, Structure, Theme, Vocabulary, Voice
Essays from the doctor himself, Stephen Graham Jones. Stephen is a critically acclaimed author and instructor here at LitReactor. When not contributing craft essays, he also writes for our Magazine.