In the middle of my Skype interview with Naomi Alderman she disappears momentarily to answer her doorbell and returns into view, beaming. “That’s a backpack for me!” she says. “Tomorrow morning, I’m off to the Highlands of Scotland to teach a writing course, and then I go to Italy for a week!” Parsing out her time for new adventures is nothing new for Alderman, a multidextrous British writer …
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I can’t believe it’s already October. And that means it’s just a month until NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, it’s a worldwide writing lockdown where scribblers of all levels undertake to write a 50,000-word draft in just 30 days. So here’s a list of NaNoWriMo resources I’ve written on this…
Science fiction and fantasy, long dominated by Western mythology, are growing more diverse, with novels that draw on African mythology and legends.
I’m reading Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924). I’m also preparing to lecture on fantasy and fairy tales in my Science Fiction and Philosophy module (fun!) So I am pleased to find the following passage about the forging of the hero Alveric’s blade. The sword is made from thunderbolts, you see, dug up from a witch’s cabbage patch. (She lives in an espe…
Sara Paretsky is often given credit for breaking new ground in the mystery genre with the introduction of her female private-eye protagonist, V.I. Warshawski, in 1982’s Indemnity Only. Serious Paretsky fans were rewarded just last year with the eighteenth in the series, Fallout.
But the casual reader may not know that Paretsky is also credited with transforming mystery writi…
Now this is really neat: Hubspot’s blog idea generator uses three nouns you input to generate a week’s worth of blog post titles. I fed it the words writing/novel/plot and got these:
1. 5 Tools Everyone In The Novel Industry Should Be Using
2. 10 Quick Tips About Writing
3. Why We Love Plot (And You Should, Too!)
4. How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Novel
5. 7 Things…
The editor of Johnson’s forthcoming story collection, ‘The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,’ on his relationship with the author and editing a master.
It’s getting dark earlier, and there’s a nip in the air. October is the month when creepy crawlies come out to play, things go bump in the night, and readers find themselves in the mood for ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, horrors, and the like. If you write in these ghoulish genres, you’ll love sinking your fangs into this list of lurid literary journals.
So you (or your agent) has sent your work out to … someone. A magazine, a competition, a publisher, a broadcaster, a film company, an agent you hope for, an author whose quote you desperately want for the cover, even a mentor or editor you’ve hired yourself. You are now officially in the condition known as Waiting To Hear.
Welcome to a minor and largely unacknowledged room in Writer’…
A few kind words from the extended LitReactor family.
Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
AWP 2016, Los Angeles: Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Rob Hart, Bree Ogden, Joshua Chaplinsky, Renee Asher Pickup, Taylor Houston, Kirk Clawes, Dennis Widmyer
LitReactor suffered a huge blow a few days ago when we learned our co-founder and technical lead, Kirk Clawes, had passed …