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Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Anis Shivani

Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.

WATCH: Can You Write A Whole Novel In Just 1 Month?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

November 1st brings NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal for participating authors is to complete a 50,000 word novel in the span of o...

Ten Ways to Unleash the Writer Within

Alan Watt | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Alan Watt

Often the real reason we hesitate is simply because we are afraid of the unknown. Here are ten steps that will demystify the creative process and help you get started on writing your first (or your next) book.

The Story vs. The Novel: What Makes The Short Story Distinctive?

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.14.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

This is the latest in our series on the short story--its unique aesthetic, how it's different from the writing of a novel, who are some of the form's major practitioners, and what it takes to craft a successful short story.

Checking Out

Laura Dave | Posted 08.09.2011 | Travel
Laura Dave

One of my favorite quotes about traveling is by Susan Sontag. Sontag said, "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

Writing the Decent Denver Novel

Jenny Shank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jenny Shank

Writing the Great American Novel seemed out of the question. So instead I set out to write the Decent Denver Novel. Why Denver, you ask? Why not Denver, I say.

What I Learned From Screenwriting

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hoyt Hilsman

While these tools may seem basic, I found that a great lesson of screenwriting was to pay attention to these fundamentals, even as I tackled more sophisticated writing projects.

New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

Why take part in the game at all? Who has ever come out of it alive, able to set up tent and build followers on the other side?

Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

As any emerging writer knows, while the road to publication is tough and the obstacles many, there is no emotion to compare with holding your book in ...

One of the Best Writing Tips Ever: Spin Class!

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Holly Robinson

I never thought I'd take one of these classes, because who doesn't look stupid in padded bike shorts indoors? Then I discovered that I can solve any thorny writing problem in spin class.

For the Love of Writing -- Not Publication

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melanie Benjamin

Why are we all in such a rush to be published? It's a question I ask myself a lot. Are we spilling out words like joyless automatons, publication, publication, publication the only thought in our heads?

The Making of a Novel: Letting it Breathe

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

Let the reader see it, and feel it. Let it unfold on the page. Let it breathe.

The Making of a Novel: Hearing What I Write

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

work in a very quiet place. I never play music while I write. Sometimes I turn off the phone. The quiet is necessary so I can listen to the sound of my words.

Stuck In A Moment

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Not that it's anything new, or groundbreaking, or revolutionary -- we can all cite lists of authors from the past who chose to express themselves in t...

The Making of a Novel: Calling in the Experts

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

Readers sometimes ask me how I write about things I don't have personal experience doing -- such as taking photographs or sewing dresses or playing the violin. This is how.

A Romantic Weekend With...

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

You've dumped your bags and coat and suddenly an inviting tryst feels very like waiting alone with a stranger for something possibly awful to happen i...

The Making of a Novel: Learning From Other Writers

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

A reader of this blog taught me an interesting concept about believing in yourself when creating a fictional world -- and he shamed me into finally wa...

Writer's Groups: What to Do With Critique & Advice

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Susan Meyers

If you're in a writing workshop, by the time you've finished your book you've collected a notebook of criticism and compliments. Be wise with both.

The Making of a Novel: What You May Find Getting Lost on the Web

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

My oldest daughter is about to go off to college, and so my brain is very full of thoughts and ideas that start with the phrase, "When I was in colleg...

The Making of a Novel: Revise as You Go, or Forge Ahead?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

I once knew a novelist who set herself the goal of writing a page a day, and she would not stop until the page was perfect. Every night, she would rea...

The Making of a Novel: Can You Write a Real Person Into a Fictional Story?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

I am often asked by beginning writers if they are "allowed" to write about something or someone. It seems to me that these are the last questions any creative person should be asking, at least at the beginning of a project or a career.

"Only Disconnect..." With Hemingway's Notebook

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Benedict

I wrote three pages. By hand. With a pen. I woke up early every day for two weeks and wrote this way. It was primitive and thrilling, like cooking over a campfire, like celestial navigation.

The Making of a Novel: No Time to Read for Pleasure

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

The other day when I was visiting a book club, someone asked me if I read very much for pleasure. I had been talking about all the books I read as I r...

The Making of a Novel: Fighting Caricature

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

Of the three main characters in my novel-in-progress, there's still one I can't wrap my head around: the mother. Real characters make decisions. They change over the course of the story.

The Making of a Novel: Reaching Toward the Big 5-0 (Pages, That Is)

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennie Nash

I don't have a set number of words or pages that I commit to writing each day, but I do pay very close attention to the accumulating page count on a work-in-progress.