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Flash Fiction Contest Round 7

2 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Thank you to everyone who participated in round 6 of the WU Flash Fiction Contest. There were so many great stories — although I have to say that I’ve never before read so many tales of suicide, depression, death, and grief in one place! Our July contest is now open. You have seven days to write […]

2015 April PAD Challenge: Update

Just a quick update on the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It seems like I usually shoot for July 4th to announce the results, and one thing or another delays that. I won’t go into what delayed it this year, but I will say that I expect the next update to come on July 18 (yes, my birthday). Show More Summary

Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

10 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. Show More Summary

Why 'Fury Road' Is The Best-Written Movie of...Ever!

17 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Mad Max: Fury Road's storytelling techniques and flamethrower guitars are unassailable. Column by Peter Derk If you haven't seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet, see Mad Max: Fury Road. There's no reason to not see Fury Road. Not a single reason that I would tolerate. Show More Summary

Flogometer for Emily—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels....

Announcing La Vague 5: Animal Lessons (a primer)

We’re turning into enthusiasts, what on earth. But please do have a gander or, why not, a whole badelynge, at the newest issue of La Vague, feat. an enviable roster of animal lessons from Holly Amos, Laura Carter, Carolyn Guinzio, Carrie Hunter, Megan Kaminski, Kate Litterer, Allison Titus, and Candice Wuehle. Miriam Hitchcock is the […]

Change Your Mindset

A few months ago, my husband recommended that I read the book MINDSET. At first I dismissed it as just another one of the many business/management guides that clutters his nightstand from time to time. But my husband insisted that this book was different, that it would be good for me. In fairness, he has been known to be […]

Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity

This is an excerpted chapter from my latest book, How To Make a Living with Your Writing. You can’t make a living from your writing if you’re not actually writing. And while writing may seem easy to some and it has its fun moments, it’s actually really hard work! I think it’s the best job […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 204: No one makes those movies anymore — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin John: And this is episode 204 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. So, Craig, as you know, I’m watching these two […]

Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. Show More Summary

August Book Club Selection: 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

August's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For August, we will be reading...Show More Summary

From Mr. Hegel to Mr. Snuggles: Throw Some Love to Insert Blanc Press Pronto

Insert Blanc Press is–in the words of Poetic Research Bureau’s Joseph Mosconi–a good press and a loving death cult. We heartily agree! Insert Blanc, based in Los Angeles and edited/published by the wise Mathew Timmons, is making some of the most innovative art and literature this side of everywhere. And it’s plenty obvious from their […]

Bookshots: 'A Planet for Rent' by Yoss

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

A brief review of "A Planet for Rent" by Yoss. Review by BH Shepherd Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: A Planet for Rent Who wrote it? 'A Planet for Rent' is science fiction of the highest caliber....Show More Summary

Mexico City Lit Responds to Disappearances With Bilingual Anthology

In early June, Mexico City Lit (a bilingual review and publishing house based in the nation’s capital) released Poets for Ayotzinapa, a free digital anthology created in response to the disappearance of a group of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in the rural hills of Guerrero in Mexico […]

The Monsters Are My Friends

I want someone to lean across one day and say, don’t you hate it when everything’s really beautiful and it hurts at the same time, so I can say, yes, I hate it. Then me and them belong to a club, and we are never, ever alone again.There are clubs, everywhere, that I don’t belong to.

Eleven Tips For A Successful Book Signing

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Rob threw two successful signings for his debut novel—one at an indie store, another at Barnes & Noble. Find out about the importance of post-its, booze, and guilt. Column by Rob Hart With a book release comes signings. I've done three thus far for New Yorked. Show More Summary

6 Tips on Writing for Children

I hadn’t read a children’s novel in an embarrassingly long time when I landed my first deal to write exactly that. Naturally, I went into it with all kinds of notions as to what writing for children entailed. Things like: don’t be too scary, use simpler language, write about whatever it is kids like these days. Show More Summary

Night at the Museum

You hide in the museum bathrooms until the building is closed and everyone is gone. What is the first thing you do? Do you touch everything you possibly can or go exploring in the back rooms? Don’t forget to watch out for security guards! The post Night at the Museum appeared first on

One Writer’s Story: The 20-Year Path to Overnight Success

Brian Panowich, debut author of Bull Mountain (featured in the September 2015 Writer's Digest "Breaking In" column, wasn't looking for an agent when one found him through a pair of short stories published online. Here, in this online...Show More Summary

Bookshots: 'A Girl Undone' by Catherine Linka

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Forced on the run after a deadly government attack, Avie must find a way to escape her dangerous arranged marriage and shut the Paternalists down for good. Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpseShow More Summary

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