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.
Why the best descriptions are the ones that are easily understood, yet leave a lasting impression on readers’ minds.
Learn all about how to write the shortest stories possible, plus enter your own 10 word/2 sentence short short for a chance to win some LitReactor swag. Short short = Win win!
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.
A guide to the responsibilities of biographical writing and how to get around them.
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
A discussion of successful extended metaphors and how to create your own.
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
In this installment, I discuss why I haven't been able to meet the self-imposed deadline I set for myself last month!
When crafting fiction from your real life, tread lightly and follow these tips.
Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.
The internet is a great resource--but it's not the best one. To really understand how the world works, you have to get out there and experience it for yourself. That's what produces good writing.
Where do you get your ideas? Turns out, you can get them just about anywhere. But the best stories tap into your personal experiences and emotional truths.
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.
A continuation of last month's discussion of short sentence lengths. This month we'll explore the merits of the very long sentences.
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
You are a writer— an artiste! A creator of beauty and meaning. A cultural commentator. A revolutionary!
It's about damn time you wrote your manifesto!
Of all the rules that apply to fiction writing, perhaps none is more misleading than the common, banal adage that you should “write what you know.”
It may not seem like much, but that diminutive punctuation symbol at the end of your sentence has a lot of power. This article will focus on how to use the period to create different effects.
An in-depth analysis of Duotrope.com, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.
Words are flexible and a writer can have a lot of fun using these devices.
Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.
Writing authentic, compelling and engaging dialogue is one of the most vital yet misunderstood challenges of the writing process.
Does a character have to “change” during the course of a story? Do they have to evolve? Or can they continue behaving the same as always, even at the end of the narrative?
Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.