Storyville: How to Survive a Creative Writing Workshop

Column by Richard Thomas February 22, 2017 (6) comments
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.

Three Secrets to a Cleaner First Draft

Column by Riki Cleveland
If your first drafts are more unfit for public consumption than you’d really like, try these tips for a cleaner, more organized initial pass.

What To Do When Your Book Jumps the Shark

Column by Leah Rhyne October 26, 2016 (1) comments
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?

6 Ways Non-Writerly Spouses Help Improve Your Craft

Column by Raine Winters
Because everyone can assist in this whole "writing hobby thing."
Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

An Interview with Scott Adlerberg on Going Viral on Reddit and Blending Genres

Interview by Max Booth III
Max chats with Scott Adlerberg about how genre can potentially limit writers.

Polishing the All-Important First Fives

Column by Riki Cleveland
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.

Long Story Short: 10 Tips for Trimming an Overly Long Novel Down to Size

Column by Susan DeFreitas June 4, 2015 (3) comments
Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Seven

Column by Gayle Towell December 16, 2014 (3) comments
This column explores the art of revision by giving detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.

So You Want To Write A Book, Part 3: This Is The End

Column by Leah Rhyne November 25, 2014 (14) comments
In this, the final installment of So You Want To Write A Book, we talk about THE END!

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Six

Column by Gayle Towell November 13, 2014 (9) comments
This column explores the art of editing by giving detailed edits to reader-submitted excerpts.

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Five

Column by Gayle Towell October 16, 2014 (10) comments
This column explores the art of editing by providing detailed edits of reader-submitted paragraphs.

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Four

Column by Gayle Towell September 16, 2014 (6) comments
This column explores the art of editing by carefully analyzing paragraphs submitted by readers.

Six Tips for Troubleshooting the Novel

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 10, 2014 (2) comments
Every novel is a special snowflake, sure, but many go wrong in the same ways. An editor breaks down known issues at the level of plot, structure, and characterization she sees over and over again.

Play It Again, Sam: Tackling the Rewrite

Column by Emma McMorran Clark July 23, 2014 (2) comments
Sometimes the best way to tackle a revision is to just start over.

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Three

Column by Gayle Towell July 14, 2014 (3) comments
This monthly column explores writing craft by offering detailed edits of paragraphs submitted by readers.

Edit My Paragraph! Episode Two

Column by Gayle Towell June 18, 2014 (4) comments
This monthly column explores writing craft by offering detailed edits of paragraphs submitted by readers.

Edit My Paragraph! The Maiden Voyage

Column by Gayle Towell May 19, 2014 (7) comments
In this column, samples of prose submitted by readers are analyzed and edited.

How To Break Up With Your First Draft

Column by Christine J. Schmidt April 14, 2014 (11) comments
You're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!

The Rookie's Guide to The LitReactor Writer's Workshop

Column by Brandon Tietz March 4, 2014 (8) comments
Considering joining our workshop but still have questions? Are you intrigued by the idea but aren't sure if this process is for you? Brandon Tietz, one of our alums, is here to provide some answers.

Speak Up: On The Importance Of Reading Out Loud

Column by Ben Umstead December 16, 2013 (2) comments
Reading out loud will make you a better writer. But as we know with writing, practice is key. So where to start? Ben Umstead shares his take on how one can read out loud and sound good doing it.

A Thankful Writer's Top 10 List

Column by Leah Rhyne November 26, 2013 (13) comments
We writers have a lot to be thankful for...here's my half-universal, half-personal top 10 list!

5 Reasons A Good Writing Group Can Save You

Column by Kelly Thompson November 7, 2013 (1) comments
What can a good writing group do for you? Almost everything.

Thickening Skin: 6 Tips for Taking Criticism

Column by Robbie Blair September 4, 2013 (9) comments
Tips for how to take criticism—including both constructive feedback and more volatile attacks on your work.

The 7 Cardinal Virtues of Successful Writers

Column by Robbie Blair June 19, 2013 (13) comments
This essay looks at seven cardinal virtues for writers, exploring the key strengths that help writers grow and succeed.

8 Signs It's Time to Scrap Your Writing Project

Column by Robbie Blair November 21, 2012 (2) comments
8 warning signs that you may want to throw your latest manuscript under the lawnmower.