The Inauthenticity of a Fuckless World

Column by Justin Hunter
People curse. If your stories don't curse too, how authentic are you being to the world you are creating?

LitReactor Community Spotlight: March 2016

Column by Nathan Scalia March 3, 2016
The official LitReactor community update for March 2016.

Let’s Get Critical! How Book Reviewing Can Make You A Better Storyteller

Column by Keith Rawson
Can book reviewing make you a better storyteller? Hell yes it can! And here's Keith Rawson's take on how to do it.

Presence on the Page: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

Column by Susan DeFreitas June 6, 2014
What are editors really looking for? A literary critter so elusive, so infrequently and sketchily described, it might as well be Sasquatch.

Screenwriting: Turn Turn Turn

Column by Karina Wilson May 8, 2014
Turning points are essential to a compelling screen narrative. Discover how to liven up your dull "this then that" screenplay with timely swerves in story direction.
Photo credit: Yasmina Moya

New Craft Essay From Chuck Palahniuk - 'Consider This: Coping'

News by Dennis Widmyer February 12, 2014
In this first of a series of new craft essays, Chuck Palahniuk displays a method for helping your characters cope against dramatic situations. He also delves into the language of singing, mantras and

Snark is a Dead Scene: Why It's Time For Writers to Try Something New

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 26, 2013
Are you as sick of this overused device as I am? Hunt it down and kill it.

Storyville: Story Dissection - Maker of Flight

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2012
Richard dissects another of his short stories, this time, the contest winning, "Maker of Flight."

Writing with Authority: A Primer

Column by Jon Gingerich May 24, 2012
A few simple tips to bolster narrative authority in your writing.

Storyville: Dissection

Column by Richard Thomas May 2, 2012
Richard Thomas dissects one of his short stories, the Pushcart Prize nominated "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave."

Storyville: Revealing Character

Column by Richard Thomas April 17, 2012
Here are some tips on how to reveal character through showing, not telling.
Vanessa Veselka Interview

5 Questions With LitReactor's Latest Instructor, Vanessa Veselka; 'Leading With Voice' Starts Monday

Interview by Rob Hart April 4, 2012
Vanessa Veselka's class, LEADING WITH VOICE, is in session on Monday. We've posed five questions to her, about the immediacy of the first-person narrative, and her debut novel 'Zazen.'