5 More Ways Your Brain Sabotages Your Writing... And What To Do About It

Column by Kimberly Turner August 2, 2012
Strap in. It’s time for 'Mind Games II: Electric Boogaloo,' with more mental shenanigans, more productivity tips, and more shark sex references than ever before.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

Column by Rob Hart July 31, 2012
Artists, musicians and writers are turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of their projects. Does it work?
New Software Lets You Write "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books

Auto-Authoring: Software Helps You Write "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books

News by Dave Reuss July 27, 2012
We all read them as kids— now it's time to write your own.

5 Ways Your Brain Sabotages Your Writing... And What To Do About It

Column by Kimberly Turner July 19, 2012
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that your brain hates your guts. That's just science. Help get cognitive biases and mental tomfoolery under control with these handy tips.

As A Writer, Does It Matter Where You Live?

Column by Rob Hart July 18, 2012
Martin Amis moved to Brooklyn, leading The Economist to cream itself and declare Brooklyn the new frontier of literature. Besides being a few years behind the curve, does where you live even matter?

Screw Your Education: Shut Up And Write

Column by Keith Rawson July 10, 2012
A Bachelors, an MBA....Pfffft, who needs it? Why not just try living and writing instead?
Writers Don't Care About Classic Lit

Study By Math Dudes Claims Writers Don't Care About Classic Lit

News by Kimberly Turner June 1, 2012
A study from Dartmouth mathematicians claims classic literature has less influence than ever before, but is it true?
Novels By Numbers: How To Write A Best Seller

Novels By Numbers: Finding Common Themes in Best-Selling Books

News by Dave Reuss May 30, 2012
A look at analyzing common themes shared by best-selling novels.

LitReactor Photo Album: Show Us Your Writing Environment

Column by Rob Hart May 14, 2012
Show us you writing environment. Let's discuss them. What do you need to thrive? What distracts you? How have you customized yours? Sharing is caring!
Fifty Shades of Grey Inaccurate BDSM

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Criticized For Inaccurate Portrayal Of BDSM

News by Rob Hart May 3, 2012
We know 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a very poorly-written book. But is it also dangerous? One member of the BDSM community thinks so. And it raises some interesting questions about truth in fiction.
Fake rejection letter website

Website Lets You Send Rejections To Yourself. But, Why?

News by Rob Hart April 20, 2012
A new website lets writers send rejections to themselves, to prepare for the inevitable sting. Valuable tool--or dumb piece of writing-related kitsch? Help us decide!
Police help blind author recover work

Police Use Forensic Science To Help Blind Author Recover Work

News by Rob Hart April 13, 2012
A blind writer in England wrote 26 pages with a pen that had run out of ink--and the local police helped her uncover the text.

Career Writing in Three Steps

Column by Brandon Tietz April 5, 2012
How do you go from having nothing but a keyboard and passion for the written word to cashing royalty checks? Here's a three-step breakdown.
Coffee Shops Foster Creativity

Study Shows Coffee Shops Foster Creativity Through Ambient Noise

News by Rob Hart March 6, 2012
Want to get those creative juices flowing? A new study suggests that you should pack up your laptop and head over to Starbucks, where the ambient noise can inspire creativity.
Sergio De La Pava Does Not Live In Brooklyn

Sergio De La Pava Does Not Live In Brooklyn

News by Rob Hart February 14, 2012
The advance reading copy of Sergio De La Pava's new novel has the single best author bio ever--a jab at all the people who consider Brooklyn to be the new Literary Mecca.

The Myth of Writer’s Block

Column by Jon Gingerich February 9, 2012
An understanding of how the human mind operates proves that a temporary lack of creative ideas is not the result of “writer's block,” but the result of something else entirely.

Un-Building Blocks: What to Do When You Can’t Do It

Column by Ed Sikov February 9, 2012
A humorous look at every writer's worst nightmare: writer's block.

hitRECord: Where the Wild Things Are

Column by Joe Daly February 6, 2012
From his visionary and innovative online community, hitRECord, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is changing the way we look at the Internet from "Hey, look at me," to "Hey, let's do this."
Writer's Digest 81st Annual Writing Contest

Writer's Digest Kicks Off 81st Annual Writing Competition

News by Rob Hart January 23, 2012
Writer's Digest just announced its 81st Annual Writing Competition and the grand prize is pretty sweet: A pile of cash, a trip to New York City and attention from some agents and editors!

Five Big Fat Literary Fakes

Column by Cath Murphy January 10, 2012
A look at the most common literary fibs, and some of the worst offenders.

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Can You Publish Your First Novel If You're Broke?' and More

Column by Erin Reel January 3, 2012
The Lit Coach prioritizes book publicity, author platform, and stresses the importance of the quality of work in Issue 7 of Ask The Lit Coach.
Writing resolutions for 2012

New Year's Writing Resolutions: These Are Ours, Now Show Us Yours

News by Rob Hart January 3, 2012
The LitReactor staff share their writing resolutions for the New Year--and invite you to share yours.

Why Even Ayn Rand Can Teach You Something About Writing

Column by Phil Jourdan December 28, 2011
We trudge through the fiction-writing lectures of the infamous author of 'Atlas Shrugged' to see if there's anything helpful there. It turns out, there is. You just have to disagree with it.
Santa Chuck Palahniuk

Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips by Chuck Palahniuk

News by Dennis Widmyer
'Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips from Chuck Palahniuk' is just one of 36 total essays from Chuck available on LitReactor.

The Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams

Column by Rob Hart December 22, 2011
In every industry there are scam artists--even publishing. Vanity presses, fake literary agents and fraudulent contests all prey on your desire to be published. Here's how to stay safe.