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Three Things Nobody Told Me About Having a Children’s Book Published

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Patrick Wensink finally wrote a book you can read with your kids. Barely. Column by Patrick Wensink My publisher was concerned about gorillas taking their clothes off, possibly for money, I think. Stripping gorillas must be a big problem in some parts of the country, because this seemed like a deal-breaker. Show More Summary

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality. Column by Brian Allen Carr In his seminal story “The Nose,” Nikolai Gogol posits “[s]trange events happen in this world, events which are sometimes entirely improbable.” If you’ve never read “The Nose,” it’s about an official from St. Show More Summary

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing. Column by Richard Thomas So, what are some new kinds of stories you can write—strange hybrids that might stand out from the pack when sending your work out? Let’s take a look. 1) Alternate Reality Speculative Fiction Now, I’m not talking about alternate-reality as far as history. Show More Summary

Woodshedding for Writers

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

What is woodshedding and how does it work? Column by Peter Derk Woodshedding comes up all the time in interviews with guitar players. Doesn’t matter if it’s Brian Wilson or Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, most every guitar player will talk about this concept. What is it? Picture a young Eddie Van Halen. Show More Summary

Ways Writers (and Readers) Can Cash in on Back to School

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

How can writers (and readers) cash in on the Back to School rush even if they're not students? Sales, deals, and more! Column by Annie Neugebauer If you’re like me, you haven’t cared much about Back to School since you graduated, but there are actually lots of non-student perks hidden in the hubbub. Show More Summary

The Insane True Story of How Doctor Wesley Snipes Wrote His First Novel

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It's an urban fantasy supernatural spiritual thriller. Column by Max Booth III Ray Norman was just about finished with the day’s writing when someone kicked in his office door and stormed inside. The man, dressed in black and carrying a sword, looked exactly like Blade, only a little older. “You look exactly like Blade,” Ray said. Show More Summary

How a Close Reading of 'Catch-22' Recreates the College Classroom

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look how at the Twayne's Masterwork Studies Book Series, specifically an entry on "Catch-22", simulates the college classroom experience. Column by Bart Bishop When one of us professional English majors finally escape from university life, we do tend to get nostalgic for how books are read when they’re assigned. Show More Summary

Avoiding Stereotypes When Writing Place (Even If That Place Is Home)

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Knowing your setting doesn't mean you'll avoid stereotyping it. Column by Justin Hunter ... [Continue Reading]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Shitty First Draft

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book. Column by Christoph Paul Right now, I’m revising a shitty first draft of a short novel. Show More Summary

Should Stephen King's 'Rage' Return to Print?

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Stephen King pulled his school shooting novel, 'Rage,' from print decades ago. Is it time for the book to come back? Column by Peter Derk In Stephen King’s Rage, a high school student with a gun shoots his algebra teacher and takes a class of high schoolers hostage. King wrote the book when he himself was in high school. Show More Summary

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

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. Column by Repo Kempt "I just want to make sure that nobody did the suicide to him." —Show More Summary

Beneath the Terminus Stone: Borderlines as a Theme

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The final installment of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows." Column by Jeff Noon Towards the end of the writing process, during the third or fourth draft, say, we’re really dealing with a world,...Show More Summary

Book vs. Television: What TV's Sheriff Longmire Is Doing Wrong

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

In an age of emphasis on law enforcement tactics, we take a look at the page to screen evolution of Walt Longmire, with expressed concern for the marshal's cavalier approach to policing. Column by David Cranmer The Walt Longmire Mysteries...Show More Summary

When Reality Gets Tough, the Tough Get Reading

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A personal essay/reflection on how books can help you escape a harmful reality and survive depression. Column by Karis Rogerson In a college literature class, a professor spoke negatively about using books as a form of escapism from reality. Show More Summary

The World in the Skull: A Story’s Environment

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Part 9 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows." Column by Jeff Noon One of my best friends is a film maker. We’ve skirted around the idea of me writing a script for him for a number of years now, but it never seems to happen. Show More Summary

Through the Labyrinth: Plotting the Story

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Part 8 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows." Column by Jeff Noon Plotting. Plotting, plotting, plotting. Plotting. Plotting. Plotting, plotting! It’s the one aspect of novel writing that scares me the most. Show More Summary

Assholes Live on Every Block: An Interview with Scott McClanahan

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

An interview with Scott McClanahan regarding "The Sarah Book." Interview by Brian Allen Carr I first learned of Scott McClanahan when HTMLgiant posted a video of him reading his short story “Kidney Stones,” and many people who have been drawn to Scott’s work have been introduced to him first as a performer, a great live reader. Show More Summary

Moods in White, Black and Grey: Finding a Style

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Part 7 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows." Column by Jeff Noon Just as every book has its own ideal structure, the same is true for style. Some authors have a style uniquely their own; you can recognise their work from just a few sentences, as with J.G. Show More Summary

A Bestiary of Authors' Brains

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

These are the creatures residing in the brains of authors. Enter at your own risk. Column by Gabino Iglesias The mind of an author is a dangerous place. Bad things happen in there. Awful things. However, it is the place where most authors spend the majority of their time. Show More Summary

Populating the Nightmare: Creating Characters

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Part 6 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows." Column by Jeff Noon There are many ways of creating characters. For a science fiction novel I tend to create the world first, along with the technology or magic that infects the location and makes it interesting and unique. Show More Summary

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