Eileen Joyce Donovan: “I Can't Imagine Doing Anything Else”

Eileen Joyce Donovan on Writing: “I Can't Imagine Doing Anything Else”

Interview by Ben Tanzer October 21, 2022
The author of 'A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma' talks career and historical fiction.

Build A Gaiman Writing Lab: Experiment and Get Paid

Column by Peter Derk May 17, 2022
Neil Gaiman built a writing lab for himself with 'Sandman.' Here's how you can do it, too.

Do It For The Kids: I Wrote A Book On Sylvia Plath That I Wish I Had As A Teenager

Column by Patricia Grisafi March 16, 2022
We still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.
The Science of Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence

The Science of Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence

Interview by Sadie Hartmann
The hosts of the genre-specific, hit podcast Horror Rewind have written a series of non-fiction books, "The Science of..." Find out more about the women behind all this spooky research.

Everything Is Permitted When It Comes To Submissions

Column by David James Keaton
The rules are there are no rules and not even that rule but also that rule.

Hunting Down the Perfect Comp Is More Important Than You Think

Column by Andrea J. Johnson
Learn what makes a good comp title, why comp titles are important, and how to create a comp title that provides maximum impact.

The Psychogeography of Crime Fiction

Column by Gabino Iglesias June 28, 2018
Psychogeography may be the most important element in modern crime fiction, and the one you're paying the least attention to.

Writing the Crime Scene: Winter Forensics

Column by Repo Kempt
A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript is set in the winter.

10 Easy Edits to Improve Your Manuscript Right Now

Column by Repo Kempt August 28, 2017
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

Column by Repo Kempt
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.

On the Trail of a Murder: Helene Stapinski on Research and Memoir

Column by Karis Rogerson
Helene Stapinski discusses the research process behind her latest memoir, 'Murder in Matera', and gives some advice to aspiring writers.

Library Love: Unemployment Edition

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Libraries are a great resource when you're looking for a job.

5 More Horrifying Monsters That Aren't Vampires, Zombies or Werewolves!

Column by Repo Kempt
Editors are tired of their slush piles being haunted by vampires, werewolves and zombies. Here's five more horrifying new monsters dying to claw their way into your next submission.

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

Column by Repo Kempt January 25, 2017
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.
Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material

Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material

News by Peter Derk December 2, 2014
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.

Slipping Into Someone Else's Skin

Column by Emma McMorran Clark May 13, 2014
Great characters aren't just words: they're living, breathing people, as real as you or me. But where do they come from? How does one birth a character with depth and soul?

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Love And Attraction

Column by Nathan Scalia April 18, 2014
Everything you need to know about attraction, love, and SCIENCE!

Write What You Like: Why “Write What You Know” Is Bad Advice

Column by Daniel Hope February 27, 2014
The old adage that you should write what you know is misleading. In fact, you should write anything you want as long as you do your research.

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Guns And Bullet Ballistics

Column by Nathan Scalia February 21, 2014
Everything you need to know about firearms, the physics of bullets, and SCIENCE!

It's Made Of SCIENCE: Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

Column by Nathan Scalia July 25, 2013
You might consider yourself intelligent, perhaps even enlightened, but nobody can know everything. How can you write characters that know more than you do?
Chad Leslie Peters Craigslist

Erotica Author Places Craigslist Ad Seeking Partner For An Affair

News by Christopher Shultz April 24, 2013
Chad Leslie Peters wants to write what he knows, and he needs a little help to do it...
Shakespeare: Grain-Hoarding, Tax-Evading Jerk

William Shakespeare Was a Grain-Hoarding, Tax-Evading Businessman, New Study Finds

News by Christopher Shultz April 1, 2013
We know the literary legends surrounding The Bard. Now researchers at a Wales University offer a glimpse of the man behind the myth.
Taxpayer-Funded Research to Be Free

White House Agrees With Swartz — Taxpayer-Funded Research to Be Free

News by Dean Fetzer February 26, 2013
Aaron Swartz’s death last month highlighted the issue of academic research being locked away from public view — now the White House has taken the first steps to change things.

Ask the Agent: More On Writer/Agent Etiquette, How to Approach Agents With Multiple Genres & More

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect three of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

Library Love: Archives - The Hidden Room of Research

Column by Stephanie Bonjack September 4, 2012
Archives are the home of literary treasures waiting to be discovered. Try out a new type of research with this archival primer.