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Divergent: The Rising Craze in Dystopian Fiction

Uloop | Posted 10.27.2013 | College
Uloop

So the question becomes this: Will Divergent be the next Hunger Games or will it be the next Beautiful Creatures? Will it feed the flame of YA films or cause it to fizzle out?

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.22.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with phot...

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference?

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: The guidelines for literary and mainstream fiction often differ from those of popular fiction such as romance novels, ...

My Writing Journey to Publishing 'Of Little Faith,' Part 6

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Unfortunately, though, I began to consider Of Little Faith a first novel that would never be given a chance, and the fire in me to see it get published began to diminish.

Fun Excerpt From New Book, Kurt Vonnegut and Me

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

I first encountered Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 when I took part in a "rap session" with him just before the opening of his play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June...

What Are The Most Common Cliches in Fiction Writing?

Quora | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Suchithra Ravi, God, where do I start?RomanceThe hot loner guy who never spoke to anybody a...

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

My Writing Journey to Publishing Continues, Part 5

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I will always remember that day, not only because of that validating review, but that was the very same day that my job, along with several of my peers, was eliminated at Borders Books.

Novels With or Without Flashbacks

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

When it comes to literature, there are many contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones, long-ago classics vs. modern fiction and chronological novels vs. non-chronological ones.

Why We Care About Fictional Characters And Why Cote de Pablo's Departure Hurts

Dianne Lodder | Posted 10.07.2013 | TV
Dianne Lodder

When reading a book, when watching TV shows or movies, I always find myself coming to care about the characters. It seems that while reading or watching, you are almost projected into their world, no matter if it's a fantasy world.

Interview With 2013 Acker Award Winner for Fiction, Rami Shamir

Lisa Chau | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 4

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Recently, I picked up a journal I had begun keeping when I committed to this writing thing and came across this entry from years ago: I had a twinge of uneasiness tonight in regards to Place of Angels. What if I can't sell this one, either? Then what?

Ladies Room

Kevin McIlvoy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Kevin McIlvoy

Len had spent eleven years cleaning the Mens rooms and the Ladies rooms in Mr. Prudowsky's three Asheville bars. Fine, private places. Marvelous ven...

They Lived In Between Her Blinks

Paul Ratner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
Paul Ratner

As most people, she was under the impression that when she blinked, only her sight dropped out. But of course that was not true.

The Bird and the Biscuit: Playing by the Rules

Harrison Demchick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

When readers are distracted by illogic, they're not invested in your narrative; no matter how good the rest of your story may be, it's simply not going to hit readers the same way. Run a switchblade through a small part of the Mona Lisa and no one notices the masterpiece. All they see is the scratch.

The God of Parking Lots

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.24.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

There are many objects and concepts that require specific gods to oversee their life and use. But nothing has ever needed a god as badly as parking lots. At least, that is what the God of Parking Lots kept repeating to himself, to make up for a generally ignored existence.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing, Part 2

Carol Hoenig | Posted 09.24.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

It had been several years and three children later when the writing bug took hold of me again, but this time it would not let go.

Hammering Monkeys

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" ...

Unlike Rowling, They Were Denied Literary Fame

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

J.K. Rowling tried to go under the radar by using a pen name for The Cuckoo's Calling, but many other great authors spent all or part of their careers involuntarily missing out on the literary cachet and cash they deserved.

Stranger in a Strange Land: a Malawian Experience and the Novel Vuto

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

When I think back on my first impressions of Malawi, Africa, setting foot in the country as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in 2007, I always come back t...

The Writing Life: What's the Process?

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Deborah Doucette

My novel, Bad Girls, just launched -- hooray and hallelujah! -- which, among other things, prompted lots of questions from family, friends and co-work...

How Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction Illuminates the Egyptian Revolution

Shaj Mathew | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Shaj Mathew

In this 1967 novel, Mahfouz's characters grapple with the aftermath of a different revolution: the political and economic idealism of Gamal Abdel Nasser's policy of "Arab Socialism."

Unnecessary Planet

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

They lived on the unnecessary planet doing unnecessary things and were generally unnecessary people. It happens like that some times, when the universe produces things both really great and little enough to be superfluous.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing

Carol Hoenig | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

It wasn't as though I always intended to be a novelist, but had a story I felt important to tell. (Yes, at that point I didn't know the difference between show and tell, and earlier drafts did a lot of telling.)

Why Writers Should Kick That Amazon Addiction to the Door!

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.12.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are few things more satisfying than publishing a novel: You get to make things up! You get to put yourself in other people's shoes -- and choo...