17 Recommended Podcasts To Help You Improve As A Writer and Human Being

Column by Michael David Wilson
A selection of podcasts that will not only help you grow as a writer but as a human being.

Story Structure: The Magic Bullet that Nearly Killed Me

Column by Matthew Quirk April 13, 2017 (3) comments
Matthew Quirk, author of the newly-released 'Dead Man Switch,' talks about the secret code of storytelling he learned from screenwriting.
Comics, Writing, Classes, Delilah S. Dawson

A Quick Chat with Delilah S. Dawson About Her New Comic Book 'Ladycastle'

Interview by Rob Hart
Delilah S. Dawson has written in multiple genres, dabbled in the Star Wars universe, taught for us at LitReactor... and now she's making the move over to comic books!

Storyville: 101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

Column by Richard Thomas January 16, 2017 (4) comments
101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

On The Rituals Of Writers: New Books, Burnt Offerings, and Fried Zucchini

Column by Rob Hart
Rob Hart's third novel is out today. It touches on ritual, which got him thinking about rituals. So he asked authors—from Lidia Yuknavitch to Stephen Graham Jones to Irvine Welsh—to share their own.

They’re All Going To Laugh At You!: 5 Ways To Overcome Anxiety While Writing Your First Novel

Column by Keith Rawson September 26, 2016 (1) comments
Ah, do the first novel blues have you biting your nails and tearing out clumps of hair? Hopefully this listicle will help you find a little balance.

Broke Hack Mountain: A Recap, and Tips for Planning Your Own Writing Retreat

Column by Rob Hart July 13, 2016 (2) comments
Six writers went into the woods. They all came out with words. Here's what happened. Spoiler alert: Nothing really that crazy, and seriously, why don't writers do this more often?

The Medicated Writer

Column by Raine Winters June 21, 2016 (59) comments
Does medication really stifle creativity?

Exploring The Pomodoro Technique and Timers to Improve Productivity and Write More

Column by Michael David Wilson May 23, 2016 (2) comments
An exploration into the Pomodoro Technique, timers and how you can use them to improve your writing habits.

Eight Tips For Increasing Your Writing Output, From A Very Busy Writer

Column by Rob Hart May 4, 2016 (11) comments
Want to boost your productivity? Rob Hart (author of two novels, two upcoming novels, a James Patterson novella, holder of two jobs, and father to a new baby) offers some insight.

Six Ways Pets Improve Your Writing

Column by Raine Winters April 19, 2016 (1) comments
WARNING: Extreme cuteness contained within.

Writing through PTSD: A Personal Account

Column by Raine Winters March 9, 2016 (4) comments
Trauma affects every part of our lives, including our work. As writers, how do we overcome such events and use our pain to strengthen our craft skills?

SMART Goals: 5 Steps To Setting Goals You Can Achieve

Column by Michael David Wilson January 15, 2016 (2) comments
Find out how to write goals you can actually achieve using the SMART approach.

NaNoWriMo Hangover: 8 Steps to Recovery

Column by Brandon Tietz December 7, 2015 (1) comments
You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?

The Grim Specter of Writer Suicide

Column by BH Shepherd October 14, 2015 (1) comments
An unflinching personal look at one of the scariest occupational hazards facing writers.
Class, Emily Schultz, Stephen King, Writing

Starting Next Week: The Last Page with Emily Schultz, Author of 'The Blondes'

News by Rob Hart
How do you revive a stalled story? How do know you're done? How do you write that dreaded synopsis? What's next? We've got a class starting soon that can help...

10 Really Obnoxious Things Writers Do

Column by Rob Hart September 8, 2015 (15) comments
The title says it all. Buckle up. Put on your helmet. Rob Hart is about to hurt some feelings.
John Skipp

A Couple Of Questions With LitReactor Instructor And 'The Art of Horrible People' Author John Skipp

Interview by Rob Hart
John Skipp on short stories, his new LitReactor class, and his latest collection: "The Art of Horrible People."

Writing And Parenting: A Survival Guide

Column by Rob Hart August 28, 2015 (8) comments
Debut father and debut novelist Rob Hart talks to other parent-writers about baby-proofing bookshelves, finding time to write, and how to keep proprieties in order.

What the Fuck Are You Writing For?

Column by Cath Murphy August 27, 2015 (15) comments
People say they write for lots of reasons. All of them are lying. All of them are wrong.
Interview, Joshua Mohr, Craft, Writing

A Conversation with Joshua Mohr About His New Novel, 'All This Life'

Interview by Rob Hart June 29, 2015 (3) comments
Joshua Mohr—acclaimed author and LitReactor instructor extraordinaire—has a new book out, so him and Rob Hart talked about finding time to write when you have a baby.

I Killed Twenty People (But Not the Dog): 10 Things I Learned Writing HIT, My Violent Teen Assassin Novel

Column by Delilah S. Dawson April 28, 2015 (4) comments
Delilah S. Dawson shares what she learned while writing her latest novel—from the importance of counting clocks to letting the characters say the wrong thing. And why you just don't kill a dog.

How To Do AWP 2015

Column by Brandon Tietz April 1, 2015 (13) comments
A guide to this year's AWP, taking place in Minneapolis.

A Generation of People Shunned Standards in Writing and Journalism...You Won't BELIEVE What Happened Next!

Column by John Jarzemsky December 19, 2014 (1) comments
The Internet has given everybody a voice, but are we being conscientious enough about the way we're talking to one another?
Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material

Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material

News by Peter Derk December 2, 2014 (1) comments
Got a rough holiday party coming up? No worries. LitReactor's here for you with a game that'll help get you through, and you might even collect some good material.