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First Novel

The Stillborn Novel

Elizabeth L. Silver | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Elizabeth L. Silver

All artists look at their creations -- be they manuscripts, canvases, film canisters, or musical scores -- as their babies, and society does not object. This metaphor is never insulting, nor is it entirely false or original, for that matter.

A Book My Grandmother Would Like -- Finally!

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

I could call this the first book that I know for certain my grandmother would like, if she were still alive. But more seriously, it's also the first book in which I've written candidly about my feelings for my mother, who died in 2004 after many years of dementia.

A Letter to the Author You're About to Become

Wendy Francis | Posted 06.11.2013 | Books
Wendy Francis

You're thinking of taking that leap, where you can sit calmly with your cup of tea, look out your writer's window, and craft one beautiful sentence after another. Well, here are some things to bear in mind before you do.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 06.25.2012 | Books

"The Infinite Tides" by Christian Kiefer Bloomsbury, $26 / $9.99 e-book Released June 19th What is it about? Keith Corcoran is an astronaut and ...

How Our NaNoWriMo Writers Keep Motivated

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.16.2011 | Books

National Novel Writing Month, a task urging authors of all backgrounds to pen 50,000 words before November 30th, is halfway over. We've already asked ...

Our NaNoWriMo Writers: Their Favorite Characters, Biggest Sacrifices

Madeleine Crum | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books

Writers young and old, published and un-, are striving towards their goal of scribing 50,000 words by the end of November as National Novel Writing Mo...

Note to Authors: Your Book Won't Change Your Life

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.27.2011 | Books
Eliezer Sobel

Regardless, to actually live the life of the writer requires writing -- the actual thing itself, the literal activity of putting words together on a page.

New York Times Says Best Novelists Are in 20s And 30s

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I tried to resist writing this -- especially after my plea against categorizing authors. Plus, so many of us hide our age in this world of never-get-...

EO Wilson: Our Greatest Biologist Writes A Novel, 'Anthill' (INTERVIEW, EXCERPT)

The Huffington Post | Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A Novel with a Mission--and a Novella--from our Premiere Biologist Huffington Post: Let me begin with the obvious first question: after writing ove...

How to Avoid Writing Your First Novel

Lynn Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lynn Rosen

As I get older, I'm starting to believe: figure out what frightens you most, and go there. So there I am going. And I am inviting you along on the journey.

"Fat Chick" Finally Gets Its "Fat Chance"

Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lorraine Duffy Merkl

At age 51, I never thought I'd be "debuting". In fact, I thought I'd be on the downward slope of a successful advertising career. But, plans were meant for changing.