In: NarratorA few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.
By Cath Murphy
In: CharacterEbeneezer Scrooge, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are all said to be based on real people. Is using your boss or neighbor as a ready made character a stroke of genius, or a fast route to a lawsuit?
By Cath Murphy
In: CharacterChoosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.
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: 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: 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: PlotLearn 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!
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
By Rob Hart