Joma West: Writing Through the Dark

Joma West: Writing Through the Dark

Interview by Jena Brown
August 9, 2022
The author of debut novel "Face" discusses creating a layered narrative, finding her flow, and writing through the dark.

How Do You Choose the Best Conventions and Writers Retreats?

Column by Jay Wilburn
August 8, 2022
If you are spending the money to attend a convention or writers retreat, you want it to be worth it. Here is a guide from people who have attended the best and worst of them.

10 Great First Lines Analyzed

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
August 5, 2022
A first line is a moment of orientation: the reader opening their eyes into the story.

Writing Advice for Non-Writers

Column by Peter Derk
August 4, 2022
So you have to write something. Maybe it's the first thing you've written since high school. Don't worry, it's not that hard. We'll get through it together.

Requiem For Elizabeth V. Aldrich (October 9th, 1992–July 10th, 2022)

Column by Gabriel Hart
August 3, 2022
Obituary/memorial for author Elizabeth V. Aldrich.
"Writing in the Dark: The Workbook" by Tim Waggoner

"Writing in the Dark: The Workbook" by Tim Waggoner

Review by Cina Pelayo
August 2, 2022
Tim Waggoner follows up his 2020 Bram Stoker Award winning "Writing in the Dark" with this thought-provoking workbook.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: 10 Dark Nautical Novels

Column by Leah Dearborn
August 1, 2022
Some darker materials for your beach reading pleasure.

Is My MFA Worth It? For the Sense of Belonging, It Is

Column by Karis Rogerson
July 29, 2022
Karis Rogerson reflects on her first semester in an MFA program at VCFA, and whether or not it's worth it.

Why I Put a Book On A Gameboy Cartridge

Column by Peter Derk
July 28, 2022
I'll give you the "how" as well, but let's start with why anyone would do such a thing.

Why Writers Should Read Across the Genres

Column by Sara Tantlinger
July 27, 2022
Reading outside of one's favorite genre is vastly beneficial to a writer. Each genre brings unique elements that can help you strengthen your craft.

The Birthing of "Dream Pop Origami"

Column by Jackson Bliss
July 26, 2022
Jackson Bliss avoids the typical memoir narrative by giving control to the reader.

"The Autodidacts": Thomas Kendall On Writing Without An Outline

Column by Thomas Kendall
July 25, 2022
Fortunately, your source is infinitely replenishable: On writing without an outline, out of an image you don’t understand, towards a beauty you’re not sure exists.

Storyville: Writing Psychological Horror

Column by Richard Thomas
July 23, 2022
How to create an emotional bond and stimulate the brain of your readers with psychological horror.
Garth Miro

Garth Miro: Burning Down The Idol of Vacations

Interview by Gabriel Hart
July 21, 2022
Gabriel Hart interviews NYC author Garth Miro, author of 'The Vacation' (Expat Press).

My Plan To Shape Up A 700-Page Manuscript In Less Than a Year

Column by Peter Derk
July 20, 2022
If you've got a huge manuscript weighing you down, let's break it down, edit it, and get it finished.
Let’s Save LitReactor - Campaign Update

Let’s Save LitReactor - Campaign Update

News by Taylor Houston
July 19, 2022
We're in the home stretch for the fundraiser that'll keep the site alive—and there's still time to help us meet our goal!

The Footprint of Eraserhead Press

Column by Jay Wilburn
July 19, 2022
Eraserhead and its imprints have had a massive impact on the evolution of bizarro, splatterpunk, extreme horror and other boundary-pushing genres.
Jason Fisk on Putting Art Out into the World

Jason Fisk on Putting Art Out into the World

Interview by Ben Tanzer
July 18, 2022
The poet and author discusses his debut novel, and how its reception helped him understand his own writing more.
Help us Save LitReactor

Help us Save LitReactor

News by Rob Hart
July 17, 2022
LitReactor has hit some hard times, so we're humbly turning to the community for some help.

7 Great Nonfiction Books Written by Women

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
July 15, 2022
7 great works of nonfiction by women, for anyone in search of their great next read.
Blake Crouch on Creating Emotional Speculative Fiction

Blake Crouch on Creating Emotional Speculative Fiction

Interview by Jena Brown
July 14, 2022
The 'Upgrade' author talks the horrors of reality, and turning those into satisfying, emotional stories.

How This Pantser Became a Plotter — For Now

Column by Karis Rogerson
July 13, 2022
An avowed pantser turns herself into a plotter and falls in love with the journey.
 Kim Vodicka: Interview

Kim Vodicka: "I’m Only A Horror Writer Because My Life Is A Nightmare"

Interview by Gabriel Hart
July 12, 2022
Gabriel Hart interviews Memphis writer Kim Vodicka, author of 'Dear Ted' (Really Serious Literature).

Here’s to Alcohol: A Ranking of Literary Cocktails

Column by Leah Dearborn
July 8, 2022
Searching for a muse? Summer weather is the perfect excuse to test out a few literary cocktail recipes. Maybe they'll help you write, or maybe (probably) the alcohol and sun will put you to sleep.

Where Is The Guy Fieri Of Books?

Column by Peter Derk
July 7, 2022
Because we need a hero to come along and dump a garbage can of books onto this literary scene.