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Novel Writing

'The Lost Key': A Talk With Catherine Coulter

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Catherine Coulter has written 73 novels in various genres and has topped the New York Times bestseller list 67 times. Her new series, "A Brit in the FBI," features Nicholas Drummond, a British citizen who works with the FBI.

A Novel Experience

Steven Petite | Posted 02.19.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

While not a particularly long game, The Novelist is an unforgettable experience that begs to be replayed. From observing family interactions, to watching them alone, the Kaplan family comes to life.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.

Annapolis Noir, Baby

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Rob Hiaasen

Elmore Leonard died this week. He was 87 and was at work on his 46th novel. That's a book every other year if he had started writing fresh from the womb, which don't put past him.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 3

Carol Hoenig | Posted 09.28.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I needed to justify the hours I spent writing, not only to others, but myself, as well. How do you explain to friends and family that you are doing something of value when there was nothing to show for it, except for the hours of being hidden away in one's room?

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?

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.

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Turn Off the Noise in Your Head!

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

We all have mornings like the one I had today: making breakfast, using the cattle prod to get kids off to school, kitchen cleanup, laundry, email, tex...

Faith and a Box Full of Clock Parts

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.22.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

The truth is, it's not easy to write a novel. Like a clock, a novel has many moving parts that all need to work together in perfect balance. Pace. Momentum. Tension. Plot. Characterization. Story arc. Character arcs.

50,000 Words In 30 Days

Dana Sachs | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books
Dana Sachs

As you read thisessay, I'll be taking a nap. Or relaxing on my sofa, eating bonbons and reading Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. I'll feel that I deserve these luxuries because, between November 1 and November 30, I will have written an entire novel.

Read Up!

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

What's key about communicating is the formation of meaning. And that doesn't happen on the page. It happens in the mind of the reader. That's who you have to care about, and that's where you do your work as a writer.

Romance Writers and the 50 Shades of Happy Endings

Elise Sax | Posted 09.21.2012 | Books
Elise Sax

Romance writers are supportive of each other. They are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Laptops, quick to lend a hand or writing tip to an up-and-coming author. They jump at the chance to encourage their colleagues. They are also fans.

Writing a Dozen Books This Year

Matt Forbeck | Posted 08.12.2012 | Books
Matt Forbeck

The biggest question I hear from people, of course, is "Are the books any good?" The implication, of course, is that something made fast can't be made well.

Writer's Block Is Bunk

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.01.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers say they have writer's block, a normal, unremarkable part of the writing process becomes debilitating.

What I'm Learning About Life From Writing Novels

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Traci L. Slatton

For me, writing novels is an arachnid process: novels are spun into intricate webs out of the silk in my gut. It's work. It's hard. But, to mix metaphors, it's not all pushing a rock uphill.

Author Charlotte Rogan On The Unexpected Success Of 'The Lifeboat'

Debra Ollivier | Posted 06.19.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

For decades, and unbeknownst to many, Charlotte Rogan quietly wrote novels while raising triplets in Dallas, Texas. At 57, she published The Lifeboat, which is poised to become a huge success.

The Fiction That Fiction Is Fiction Is Fiction

Joan Marans Dim | Posted 05.07.2012 | Books
Joan Marans Dim

Must a novelist, whose task often is to mine the jumble of life's experiences, disguise plot and characters so that no one is offended? My answer is an emphatic "no."

Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
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 | Books

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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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?