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Writing a Novel

How to Debut on Your Own Terms

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Henriette Lazaridis

So if we know how to be the masters of time in the novels and stories we create, why not be masters of our career chronology as well? And why not create for ourselves beginnings that bring us the meaning and joy that we're looking for?

Five Rules for a Gay Summer Beach Read

Mario López-Cordero | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Mario López-Cordero

Let me set the scene: It's the middle of summer 2008 and as a freelance writer in between assignments, I have escaped Manhattan to a rental in Fire Island with my dog and a stack of books for company.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

The Agony of Creative Writing

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
J.J. Colagrande

From the frontlines of creative writing, it often feels like there are more writers than readers. Are writers preaching to the choir rather than infiltrating the adult masses. Why?

Finding Inspiration

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Roberta Gately

While Afghanistan's ethnic and border wars have long shaped its violent and stubborn history, it has unfairly colored the world's view of its citizens as well. But the reality is that the Afghans I know are at once both resilient and graceful, and it was these inspiring qualities I hoped to bring to my novel.

Transactional Love

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

The two impulses -- writing and selling -- couldn't be more different, or at least they have been for me.

Write the Great American Novel In 10 Easy Steps

Ester Bloom | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Ester Bloom

Be a dude, ideally dead. Questions to ask yourself: What's the body count? Are your characters suffering? Add more violence. Are your characters sufficiently coarsened by the inequities of modern life? Add more profanity.

My First Gotham Writing Class

Katie DiBenedetto | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Katie DiBenedetto

I no longer have my school newspaper or club basketball team to meet new people and enjoy my hobbies. So, I decided to take a writing class in NYC.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Birth of Anything Is Possible

Thomas Bähler | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Thomas Bähler

Virtually the entire world knows the fables of ÆSOP, from which many great quotes have derived, such as the title of this piece. But his life has remained in the shadows. Until now. Somehow, as if by magic, ÆSOP's life has converged with mine.

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

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.

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.

Truth in Fiction: What Can a Writer Do When Real Life Horror Catches Up to Her Imagination?

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

There are enough horrors, coming out of the Cleveland abduction story, to fill countless nightmares, not to mention books, movies and any number of paranoid delusions.

You've Finished Your Novel... Now What?

Daley James Francis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Books
Daley James Francis

When that eureka moment hits you though, what happens next? That huge PDF file on your computer isn't going to leap out and sell itself. You have to know how to put it out to your audience and go through the steps you need to take to get it ready for consumption.

A Walk in London

Thea Goodman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Books
Thea Goodman

In 2005, I was a new mother -- dreamy, sleep-deprived, but also acutely aware of the sharp new changes in my life. The profundity of my newest relationship to an 8-pound, bald person I had just met, trumped all.

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.

Inspiration in Key West

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

A writer's life is enticing. Besides his home in Key West, Hemingway also lived in Idaho, Paris and Cuba. He traveled the world and hung out with other famous writers and artists. He had his very own style of writing and believed less was more.

Creating The Capitolist

Karin Tanabe | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Karin Tanabe

I'm glad I learned early that even a roman à clef is not the place to covertly write about your enemies or that girl you just couldn't stand because she always smelled like peanut butter sandwiches.

The Imperative Wow

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the...

To The Reader Who Saved My Life

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It wasn't enough just to have my book "out there." I needed to know that it meant something, that it had a larger purpose than simply entertainment. When you shared that the book had resonated so deeply with you that you'd already read it four times, I cried.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

Why We Write

Alan Watt | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Alan Watt

I'm nearing completion on a new novel and the same old thoughts are arising. What have I done? Am I really going to reveal these ugly aspects of mysel...

Sharon, Will You Go Out With Me?

John Malik | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
John Malik

The process and emotions are eerily similar. I plot, plan and carefully script the query to my novel hoping that the object of my desire will say yes please, show me a bit more.

The Road to Publication - Part One: Writers and Book Sellers

S.L. Scott | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

I write in the middle of the chaos of my living room. I stay up late to write in the serenity of the night and wake up early to squeeze in an hour of writing before my family awakens. I do these things because that is what I have to do to follow my passion and pursue my dreams.

Can Writers Today Become Authors?

Lianna Serko | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Lianna Serko

I would love to write a novel. Well, actually, I would love to finish writing a novel.