Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.
"It's outrageous and it's far worse than what we had in our dictatorships back then," says German writer Herta Müller about Vladimir Putin and Russia's interference in Ukraine.
"I feel very proud to be part of this resistance," says the acclaimed British writer Salman Rushdie reflecting on his book The Satanic Verses and the years of the fatwa. "Today people are much weaker. I wonder if such an act of collective solidarity would ever happen again."
All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.
I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."
The whole process starts with eking out a little of your story and sending a small chunk to a beta reader or two or three -- not your neighbor or good friend or aunt to sister, but someone you trust to give you solid feedback that your story is awful or not.
Talking with Sarah was an absolute treat. Besides discussing her books, we laughed about our love for pop culture, Netflix, and all things paranormal. Seriously, Sarah is the kind of person you could sit and have coffee with and chat for hours.
At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...
Writers need editors. Editors keep you from looking like an idiot. They keep you from falling through the holes you've left in your manuscript, the ones everyone can see, plain as day, except you.
There is a certain kind of bad writing that occurs when you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and have an audience of one. 'Self-indulgent' doesn't begin to describe it.
Chances are you've read at least one book by The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout at some point in the last few years. Why? Well to put it simply, she's an extremely talented, book-writing machine.
When I comes right down to it, like many wordsmiths, I write simply because (as grammatically incorrect as it sounds) I "can't not write." What a lovely addiction by which I am plagued.
There is still an active MIT blackjack team. However, the glory days of card counting have certainly evolved over time with the advent of the automatic shuffler, facial recognition software, and other advances in technology.
"Was it worth it?" my son asks, referring to my unpublished novel, the 10-year endeavor that haunts our meetings, the elephant by my side. How can I answer him? He is 30 and facing the big questions: What shall I do that has worth?
What makes a story impossible to put down? Faculty members of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat offer their best advice to aspiring writers.
"It wasn't only about me. It was a moment, when a line had to held when you could not conceive the fight", says the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rusdie, in this outtake from a longer interview about his life and work.