Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes.
God is a journey in consciousness, and because that's so, whatever benefit we gain from being conscious is increased once we obtain direct access to God. Needless to say, atheists don't even begin such a journey, because they dismiss it outright in advance.
Deep down, whether I want to admit or not, I know the truth. The racism that James Baldwin knew and ultimately made him leave the country isn't really gone. It's just changed its form.
Remember what it was like to walk into a small, cozy bookstore on a rainy or snowy afternoon? You can smell new books. It's like smelling curiosity. And yesterday, Chicago got a brand new independent bookstore, Roscoe Books, just in time for the rain and coming snow.
I started my first novel when I was working full-time at a demanding job and had a 7 month-old baby. I work, I have a family and I write -- I'm not a special case. So it stands to reason that if I can write a novel in 15 minutes a day, other people probably can too.
Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.
Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black tank top, black skinny jeans, and shiny pink Nike high-tops, I couldn't help feeling like I'd fallen into a Block novel.
I am not exactly the same person after I create a piece of work than I was before. I learn something new about myself while explaining something of the world so that children get it and that they care.
Rather than striking a defensive or muckraking tone, as so often is the case in this genre of writing, Norwood and colleagues embrace the controversies, interpreting them as a sign of a healthy democracy struggling to deal with pressing challenges.
I've been to quite a few writers conferences. They are a fun way to interact with readers, meet fellow writers and discuss craft through reading sample pages from participants or giving and attending lectures by the other faculty members.
Lisa Scottoline is an accomplished author of many books with many characters, but she is never as good as when she is writing about the characters associated with the "Rosato & Associates Novels." When she enters this world she is at her most creative and most entertaining. Luckily her new novel is one of those books.
What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?
These are five things I wish I every author could carry with them through their writing journey. Though they're all things people know, writing a book is one of those experiences that cause rational people to sometimes lose perspective, if not their sanity.
My fascination with typewriters dates back to my early childhood. To supplement the family income, my mother worked at night typing reports for local businesses. I remember being lulled to sleep with the sounds of syncopated typing and the familiar ding at the end of a line.
Mom wrote about sitting at the edge of el Rio Cangrejal in Honduras while her Abuelita Tinita slapped their clothes against the rocks. She wrote about when she stole the gallina when she was 10 because she wanted a soup so bad, she didn't think beyond her hunger.
Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.
Jeff Kinney was traveling to Virginia to for a signing of The Long Haul, the 9th Wimpy Kid installment, when he took time out to speak to me about his highly unexpected (at least to himself) success.
Here's what he divulged on the art of noveling, his trademark complex heroines, the circumstances that keep up tethered to our own unhappiness, and his latest book, Five Days.
by Emily St. John Mandel
Published on September 9th, 2014
by Denis Johnson
Published on November 4th, 2014
by Lindsay Hunter
Published on November 4th, 2014
by Samantha Harvey
Published on October 28th, 2014