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Novel Writing

The Making of a Novel: What Serendipity Has to Do With It

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

At the start of a novel, there are thousands of "logistical" decisions that have to be made about your characters. You are, after all, constructing a life -- usually many lives.

A Midlist Novelist Takes a Stand: How the Recession Won't Stop Author Jennie Nash From Starting a New Book

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennie Nash

I am a midlist novelist, and I have an idea for a new book. It's one of the best phases of the creative process - the moment when the swirling cloud o...

How to Avoid Writing Your First Novel, Part 2

Lynn Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lynn Rosen

On the one side, I possess an eagerness to take on this challenging project of writing a novel. On the other side, I have a total, paralyzing fear. The result: not much doing.

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.

Balanced Life -- Try Fun, Quick Exercises To Boost Your Creativity

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Doing these types of games can boost happiness -- even for people who don't consider themselves to be particularly "creative."