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Literature in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature in literature happens more often than we might think, and it's an effective device. We get a sense of a character's tastes, which helps open a window into her or his psyche and intellect. Heck, people who love books are usually smart and curious.

From Food to Fiction

Steven Raichlen | Posted 08.19.2013 | Taste
Steven Raichlen

Island Apart is a foodie love story set on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha's Vineyard.

Author Platform: Use the News to Boost Your Book & Platform

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 08.12.2013 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

Using the news can help boost the visibility of your book, your platform and you! Themes run through your platform and book, whether it is fiction or...

A Night of Good Humor

Brian Silverman | Posted 08.12.2013 | Taste
Brian Silverman

The bells woke up me up. I could hear them through my open window coming from the street below.

Should You Trash Your Novel?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

How do you know if your book is good enough to publish? That's probably the most unanswerable question in the universe, right up there with, "Why do ...

When Readers Tell Authors Their Personal Stories

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For me, sharing some of my own experiences as opposed to commenting on that of my readers has helped me navigate these wonderfully unexpected interactions.

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Turn Off the Noise in Your Head!

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

We all have mornings like the one I had today: making breakfast, using the cattle prod to get kids off to school, kitchen cleanup, laundry, email, tex...

10 Best Names in Fiction

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

These are arguably, and I stress the word arguably, the top 10 character names in fiction. In fact, when I discussed this list with my husband he thought there was more than one name that should be removed from the list. I kept them on anyway.

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Change Your Clothes--Or at Least Shed Your Bra

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Women
Holly Robinson

I just finished reading The Glass Wives, Amy Sue Nathan's moving and surprisingly funny new novel about a woman who ends up living with her ex-husband...

A Great Book

Christine Eilvig | Posted 07.24.2013 | Books
Christine Eilvig

It's not often I give myself time to dive into great fiction. For many years I had to read so many masterpieces at university that I couldn't handle more fiction for a long time.

The Selection Author Kiera Cass on Princess Kate, Self-Publishing and The Elite

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Selection sequel The Elite currently on the New York Times bestseller list, Kiera Cass is an author to be reckoned with.

Who Has a Voice?

Frederic Colier | Posted 07.14.2013 | Books
Frederic Colier

What does it mean to have a voice, one that from the first line grabs you and remains with you long after the last one? A strong, unique voice aligned with all the elements of life? Such is the question I have been mulling over of late.

'Boring' Protagonists Don't Have to Mean Boring Books

Dave Astor | Posted 07.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

When a key character in a novel is passive and/or modest, that spells trouble for the book -- right? Not necessarily. A seemingly boring protagonist ...

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

Written in Blood: The Son by Philipp Meyer

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.25.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The Son is a novel that is an epic in the truest sense of the word: massive in scope, replete with transformations in fortune and fate, and drenched in the blood of war.

How Researchers Are Using Fiction to Make Their Reports Accessible to the Public

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Here's the issue: because research is too boring and too difficult to read, very few people actually read it. The problem is that much of the research we're not reading is impacting us, or could.

Why I Wrote Complicit

Steve Fleischli | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

During my nearly 20 year legal career, I have worked on all sides of environmental issues - representing community groups, the government and even corporations. My new novel, Complicit, synthesizes much of what I have learned so far.

Calling All Post50 Fiction Writers

Rita Wilson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Fifty

Calling all fiction writers 50 and older! Huff/Post50 is seeking short-story submissions from our readers. We believe storytelling is a powerful art form and tool for self-expression, and we have a feeling there’s a lot of hidden writing talent among our audience just waiting to be discovered.

Fiction Gives Up, Admits Truth Is Stranger

Spencer Green | Posted 06.23.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Fiction has put up a valiant struggle over the years to be stranger than actual current events," said Fiction spokesperson Mickey Solls. "But frankly, it's decided that the time is right to throw in the towel. Congratulations, Truth -- you win."

6 Steps to Achieving a Writer's Dreams

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

These six steps will help you to crystalize your needs, your hopes, and your dreams, and give you the tools to help you achieve them.

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

A Sexy New Novel About a Woman of a Certain Age

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Books
Mark C. Miller

Although the novel is perfect for women 40 and over in the dating pool, The Last Place She'd Look is filled with humor, insight, pain, defeat and sex that will be familiar and appealing to anyone who is in, has ever been in, or would like to be in the world of dating.

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

Is Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Really Terrible?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I hear this complaint a lot, and it's just been repeated on Salon.com. Is it true?

Make Your Reader Sit up and Take Notice

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

One of the best ways to elevate a book -- no matter what the genre -- from merely good to truly great is to sniff out stale images and replace them with fresh ones.