The Pros and Cons of Writing Exercises

Column by Joshua Isard
January 20, 2022
What are the best ways for a fiction writer to use writing exercises to their advantage?

What I Do and Don't Think I'll Get Out of My MFA in Writing

Column by Karis Rogerson
January 19, 2022
Writer Karis Rogerson is pursuing a long-held dream of getting an MFA. Here, she shares some of what she does and doesn't expect to gain from the program.

What the Stoics Can Teach Us About Writing

Column by Michael David Wilson
January 18, 2022
Lessons learnt from the Stoics that will help improve your writing.

2022 Horror You Do Not Want to Miss

Column by Sadie Hartmann
January 17, 2022
Not surprisingly, it's another banger year for horror. Here are some titles you don't want to miss!

Storyville: What Makes Your Stories Uniquely You?

Column by Richard Thomas
January 14, 2022
Tap into the formative experiences that made you and apply them to your fiction.

Exciting YA Releases for the First Half of 2022

Column by Karis Rogerson
January 13, 2022
YA obsessee Karis Rogerson shares 12 books coming out in the first half of 2022 that she can't wait to get her grabby hands on.

Debunking The Bad Science of Books and Reading

Column by Peter Derk
January 12, 2022
Do books really make you a better, more empathetic, healthier person?

2022: Write A New Beginning for This Story

Column by Sadie Hartmann
January 11, 2022
A new year is a blank slate. The story of 2022 has yet to be written. I asked readers and writers to tell me how they want to frame this fresh start.

Stephen King’s 10 Most Underrated Novels From a Guy Who's Read Them All

Column by Jay Wilburn
January 10, 2022
Stephen King has written a lot of novels over the past half century. You may have opinions about his best or his worst books. But what about his most underrated? The hidden treasures?

Revolutionize Your Writer’s Resolutions With Habits That’ll Manifest Your Best Life

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
January 7, 2022
Through a brief review of James Clear's "Four Laws of Habit Formation," this article shows writers how to become more efficient and consistent at hitting the targets they set for themselves.

Accountability Matters: Revisiting My 2021 Resolutions

Column by Gabino Iglesias
January 6, 2022
I made my resolutions for 2021 public. It's time to talk about what I managed to accomplish...and where I failed.

Why John Urbancik is the Greatest Short Story Writer of All Time

Column by Jay Wilburn
January 5, 2022
While there have been many great short story writers throughout history, the greatest may still walk among us. Here is the argument for John Urbancik.

Will Libraries Ever Recover From COVID?

Column by Peter Derk
January 4, 2022
We're going to make it through this pandemic. But will the library?

All the Way IN: Immersive Fiction

Column by Kathe Koja
January 3, 2022
So how does a writer make the written world real? The ongoing, ever-expanding answer is immersive fiction.

Storyville: Setting Short-Term Goals for Your Writing Career

Column by Richard Thomas
December 30, 2021
Some tips and advice for writers on how to set short-term goals.

10 of My Favorite YA Books from 2021

Column by Karis Rogerson
December 29, 2021
Karis Rogerson, avid YA reader, reflects on 10 of her favorite 2021 releases.

Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 32 - Alma Katsu Interview

Podcast by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 28, 2021
Alma Katsu joined Unprintable to chat about her recent novel, "Red Widow", as well as her upcoming historical horror book, "The Fervor".

Cheers for Fears: 10 Book and Cocktail Pairings to Celebrate the New Year

Column by Sadie Hartmann
December 27, 2021
I can't think of a better way to usher in the new year than with a good book and a tasty cocktail in your hand.

Conservative vs. Liberal Book Bans

Column by Peter Derk
December 23, 2021
Book bans: why do conservatives do it, why do liberals do it, and why should they both knock it off?

Can’t We Just Get Some Peace?

Column by Ben Tanzer
December 22, 2021
Ruminations on End Times (and the short story collections Deadheading by Beth Gilstrap, The Cult in My Garage by Duncan Birmingham and JERKS by Sara Lippmann).
David S. Wills on Hunter S. Thompson and the Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism

David S. Wills on Hunter S. Thompson and the Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism

Interview by Gabriel Hart
December 21, 2021
Gabriel Hart interviews David S. Wills, author of the new Hunter S. Thompson biography "High White Notes," a lengthy academic dissection of HST's writing.

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2021 - Part III

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
December 20, 2021
Submitted for your approval (or derision): the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2021. Featuring: John Skipp, Andrew Fowlow, and Ben Tanzer.

Writing Lessons Learned from 80s Horror Movies

Column by Jay Wilburn
December 17, 2021
1980 was over 40 years ago. 80s horror movies are now all classics or didn't stand the test of time. Either way, they can teach us a lot about good and bad writing.

Make eBooks Into Decent Gifts

Column by Peter Derk
December 16, 2021
Giving eBooks is awesome, but it feels a little cold, a little robotic. Let's make them a little more warm, a little more fun, and hey, a little sexy where applicable.

6 Romantic Books to Cozy Up With This Holiday

Column by Karis Rogerson
December 15, 2021
Cozy up with these 6 romantic reads centering on the winter holidays.