Out of Inspiration? Turn to Writing Prompts

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Kickstart your creativity with the help of a treasure trove of prompts.

Take Your Characters Out to Lunch: 5 Development Exercises

Column by Leah Dearborn July 11, 2014
Like going on a date, character exercises are part of the process of getting to know another person better (in this case, an imaginary person).
News, Prompts, Crime, Arrest Us, Writing Challenge

Arrest Us: LitReactor's Crime Fiction Writing Challenge Is Open For Submissions

News by Rob Hart June 2, 2014
Our crime fiction writing challenge is open to submissions! Get 'em in! Read some stuff!
Arrest Us, Crime, News, Prompts, Site, Writing Challenge

'Arrest Us' - Announcing LitReactor's Crime Fiction Writing Challenge

News by Rob Hart May 19, 2014
Are you ready for the next big writing challenge? This time we're doing crime fiction! New genre. New rules. New prizes. Get in there.
Teleport Us

Teleport Us: Hitting The Halfway Point, Plus Announcing More Prizes For Readers and Writers!

News by Jessica Taylor February 15, 2013
Have you gotten in on the excitement of our sci-fi writing challenge? Find out what you're missing, where to start, and why you want to do this!
LitReactor: Teleport Us Writing Challenge

Teleport Us: LitReactor's Sci-Fi Writing Challenge Is Open For Submissions

News by Rob Hart February 1, 2013
Our sci-fi writing challenge is open to submissions! Get 'em in! Read some stuff! And meet some of the authors who've offered to read and critique the top-rated stories...
LitReactor Community News

Community News: Publishing Opportunities, Podcasts and WAR2!

News by Jessica Taylor January 11, 2013
With a new year comes new projects! Many of our members are working on exciting things. I'll let you in on some of the coolest stuff from the LitReactor community.
'Teleport Us' - LitReactor's Second Writing Challenge

'Teleport Us' - LitReactor's Sci-Fi Writing Challenge

News by Rob Hart January 2, 2013
Our horror fiction challenge is in the bag. Time to switch genres... Announcing 'Teleport Us' - LitReactor's Second Writing Challenge! New rules. New genre. New prizes!
The Great Book-Spine Poetry Challenge

The Great Book-Spine Poetry Challenge

News by Kimberly Turner August 7, 2012
Inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian's delightful 'Sorted Books' project, LitReactor wants to see your best book-spine poetry. Start sorting!
LitReactor Scare Us! - Roundup

Scare Us! - A Roundup Of Phase One of the Challenge

News by Jessica Taylor August 1, 2012
LitReactor's first official writing challenge is drawing to a close, but the fun isn't quite over yet. Now it's time to take a peek at how all this worked, the challenges, and what to look forward to.
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Checking In On Our First Official Writing Challenge: It's Not Too Late To 'Scare Us!'

News by Rob Hart July 20, 2012
We're past the halfway point on our first official writing challenge. Time to take a measure of where we are. There's no turning back now--but there's still plenty of time to get in on the fun.
Week In Discussion: 7/2/12

The Week In Discussion: 7/2/12

News by Rob Hart July 2, 2012
Writing challenges and booze and pickup lines and classroom discussions in the threads this week. So... the threads are just a big writing conference?
'Scare Us!' - A LitReactor writing challenge

'Scare Us!' - LitReactor's First Official Writing Challenge Launches

News by Dennis Widmyer July 2, 2012
LitReactor launches its first official writing challenge. Be afraid. Then make us afraid. And maybe win stuff!
LitReactor Week In Discussion

The Week In Discussion: 6/19/12

News by Rob Hart June 19, 2012
Robots and presidents and whoring (for reviews). See what the denizens of LitReactor are discussing in the forums this week.
LitReactor Week In Discussion: 6/11/12

The Week In Discussion: 6/11/12

News by Rob Hart June 11, 2012
See what people are talking about in our forums this week!
LitReactor's First Official Writing Challenge: "Scare Us"

LitReactor's First Official Writing Challenge: "Scare Us"

News by Dennis Widmyer June 4, 2012
Announcing our first official writing challenge. Write a horror story for the month of June and submit it to the site starting on July 1st. Details await inside.
The Week In Discussion: 6/4/12

The Week In Discussion: 6/4/12

News by Rob Hart June 4, 2012
This week in discussion: The June announcement, compliment orgies, writer wars, book of the month club and theme chatter. Get in on the conversation...
The Week In Discussion

The Week In Discussion: 5/21/12

News by Dennis Widmyer May 21, 2012
Today we're starting a new feature at LitReactor called 'The Week In Discussion.' Each week we'll look at and highlight some of the most interesting and popular threads on our Discussion Boards.

Merits of Other Mediums: Going Beyond Books to Improve Your Craft

Column by Brandon Tietz December 27, 2011
Many authors will tell you that reading and writing is the key to improving your work and getting published. In this column we examine the merits of three mediums OTHER than books.