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10 Things I Learned as a Writer From Fitzgerald's Gatsby

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Posted 07.10.2013 | Books
Andromeda Romano-Lax

A warning first: There will be no high-school essayist's hunt for symbols (the green light of Daisy's dock, Dr. Eckleburg's big eyes that see all).

15 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Right Now

Posted 05.10.2013 | OWN

You should always carry a notebook to capture what most needs remembering so that, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you'll never be without good reading mat...

Featured 50 Fiction: Reading Mother

Patricia Abbott | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Abbott

"Well, of course, you can read," my father said. It was two days after my tonsillectomy and the boredom of my sickroom led to this discovery. He barel...

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.

Featured 50 Fiction: Georgia Hill Road

Elissa Ambrose | Posted 07.09.2013 | Fifty
Elissa Ambrose

Clamped on the steering wheel, one hand is at noon, the other at six, and with a flick of the wrists you veer left off Old Grove onto Georgia Hill Road.

Featured 50 Fiction: The Crush

Tracy James Jones | Posted 07.08.2013 | Fifty
Tracy James Jones

He touched me. Not in any way lascivious or anything. Just a simple soft brush across and down my shoulder in acknowledgement that he had seen me. No words were spoken. Just the touch. I loved him for that. I always had...

Featured 50 Fiction: In The Cold

Ronald Alexander | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty
Ronald Alexander

In this part of the country, winter had a way of sneaking up on one, killing the light, freezing the air and blanketing the naked trees in a leaden sh...

Featured 50 Fiction: Animal Truths

Rebecca Coffey | Posted 07.06.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Coffey

For at least 1500 years, clans of reindeer-herding and reindeer-following people roamed up and down the Yamal peninsula of northwestern Siberia, relat...

Featured 50 Fiction: Hello Henry

Diana Friedman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Fifty
Diana Friedman

Hello Henry, is that you? Sorry, the sign-up sheet said you were six and you don't quite look... well, it's just those teeth. No, no, no, not a proble...

14th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Starts Today

Posted 05.23.2013 | Fifty

Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Diane Ferlatte, Michael Reno, Harrell, Bill Lemp, John McCutcheon and Motoko of Japan are just a few of the acclaimed stor...

Boston Strong: A Reaction Piece on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Anahita Bahri | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Anahita Bahri

It's Monday, April 15th at 2:20 p.m. It's a somewhat sunny Marathon Monday. I'm walking over to meet my close friend, Ann. We're supposed to be walking over to the Copley area in about 10 minutes.

Featured 50 Fiction: Life Among The Bean Bugs

D.V. Wesselmann | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
D.V. Wesselmann

-1- Helen Isabel Waldenschmidt was dead, and she didn't look like herself. Her face was as yellow as chicken skin fresh from the freezer. Circus ...

Writing As A Spiritual Practice

Pat Schneider | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Pat Schneider

To write about what is painful is to begin the work of healing. To be in an attitude of praise or thanksgiving, to rage against God, or to open one's inner self and listen, is prayer. To write tragedy and allow comedy to arise between the lines is miracle and revelation.

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.

6 Steps to Achieving a Writer's Dreams

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 06.18.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

These six steps will help you to crystalize your needs, your hopes, and your dreams, and give you the tools to help you achieve them.

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

Assault on Writers From Automated Software

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 05.29.2013 | Technology
Gini Graham Scott

Sure writers can always write free articles and celebrity writers -- or writers interviewing and ghostwriting for celebrities -- will always be in demand. But what about other writers?

The Pinkerton Detectives -- Good, Bad, and Ugly

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

The Pinkertons have cropped up in many popular books and films over the years, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Dashiel Hammett, a one-time Pinkerton detective, admits he drew inspiration from his detective days in crafting such characters as Sam Spade.

Why Do So Many Writers Use Words That Might Be Difficult for Some Readers?

Quora | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Laura Copeland, a curious person Say you're hosting a dinner party.Moments before your ...

Fields of Dreams

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Robert J. Elisberg

Most people, up to a point, can write. The skill of professional writing, however, is re-writing. Not just being able to fix something that isn't correct, but the ability to find what's wrong that needs correcting in the first place.

Powell's Bookseller, Author & Publisher Kevin Sampsell Talks Writing, Bookstores & All That Jazz with The Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Since Kevin Sampsell has worn so many books hats, we thought we would pick his brain about publishing, books, writing, and all that jazz.

Psychologist Meets Notorious Con Woman

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Seeing the world through the eyes of another is truly one of the most seductive aspects of writing -- and reading -- fiction.

'Downton Abbey' Creator: Why My Friends Thought I Was 'Crazy'

Posted 02.20.2013 | OWN

By Julian Fellowes Four rules for getting creative: 1. Years ago, after I left Cambridge and went to drama school, my friends who were going...

How To Write An Effective Point Of View

| Writer's Relief | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Point of View (or “POV,” as we’ll occasionally refer to it in this article) can be one of the most important choice...

From Oral Fixations to Metaphysical Pimples: 'Skin'

Allison Kade | Posted 04.21.2013 | Books
Allison Kade

This is the story of how I became omniscient. I wouldn't have become all-knowing in the first place if not for a nonverbal understanding that led to an oral fixation, and adultery that led to a haircut that influenced another haircut.