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: 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: 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.
In: Literary DevicesWhy 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.
By Ed Sikov
In: Literary DevicesSometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.