Old Nick has left his stamp on literature ever since men began putting pen to paper. Whether literally or figuratively, nearly everyone has a demon or two waiting to jump onto the page.
What books on writing are worth your lunch money? Erin Reel asks a handful of writers, agents who write, and one publisher what books stand the test of time.
Get another chance to win one of three copies we are giving away of Chuck Palahniuk's next book Doomed by writing a metaphor for Purgatory in 25 words or less.
There’s a fine line that authors tread when writing from a child's perspective. A balance must be found between a voice that is unrealistically adult, and one that is too naive to be engaging.
How can your fiction be as visual and engrossing as a film? Here are some suggestions.
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
What you need to know about the dissociative identity disorder, multiple personalities, and SCIENCE.
How do you know if your writing career is going well? Here are 10 ways to check your progress.
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.
Monkeys and horses and goats—Oh My! Five more common allusions explained.
LitReactor instructor and 'Fight Song' author Joshua Mohr talks writing plots with The Rumpus film editor Anisse Gross. You should probably listen.
How do you manipulate your audience? Here are a few tips.
Where to put (or not put) commas with the word 'too', my opinion on sentence fragments, and a dicussion of rhetoric that could get me in trouble.
What you need to know about the speed of light, faster-than-light travel, and SCIENCE.
In this episode of Dystropia, we look at the Magnificent Bastard, who is cunning, charming and crafty. What makes him tick and why are we all of a sudden so attracted to him?
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.
Got a burning question about grammar or usage? Ask Taylor Houston, LitReactor's grammar columnuist, for help.
Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
How do you define literary fiction?
You may not know it, but there are many rules that govern when you should spell out a number and when you should use the numerals. Here are a few of them.
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Here are 15 unconventional methods of telling a story. Why not stretch yourself?
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.
Is your dramatic structure intact? Study Freytag's Triangle to see if it is.