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Where Is the American Writer Writing About America in Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Ethan Casey

It's like the proverbial tree falling in a forest: If an American writer engages with the American empire, but no American readers read it, is the writer still engaging with the empire?

The 'Bada Bing' of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Popular culture references can be a shorthand way of conveying vivid images. In their own unique way, they can enrich the read, if they're not over-used. Incorporating the names of people, products, films and television shows within the story can bring immediacy to the narrative.

Why Your Dialogue Is Terrible

G. Doucette | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

I'm not completely positive good dialogue writing can actually be taught, but since that would invalidate the entire point of this article I'm going to try and explain some of what makes that dialogue of yours bad, and what you can do to fix it.

Sisters and Brothers and Fiction

Dave Astor | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

What are your favorite works of literature with memorable sibling relationships?

Dawn of the Multi-Genre Mash-Up

G. Doucette | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Genres are there to define where a book belongs, but that's only to help a potential reader find something to read. The problem -- and I don't think I'm the only one who has it -- is that I can't color within the lines.

My Advice Is to Ignore My Advice

G. Doucette | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

If you're struggling, it isn't because you're doing this wrong, because there isn't a wrong way to do it. If you're struggling, it might be because writing a novel is difficult.

Why Epistolary Novels Are Totally Awesome

Susan Rieger | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Susan Rieger

Since early adolescence, I've been reading epistolary novels, enjoying their dual nature. On the one hand, there's the direct, immediate contact with the characters. On the other, there's the circuitousness and obliqueness of the storytelling.

How To Write A Good Sex Scene

G. Doucette | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Writing a decent sex scene isn't easy. I learned this the hard way, several times over, when writing my first erotic novel after years of penning sci-fi/fantasy genre books that averaged between zero and one such scene per book.

Get Lost in the Captivating Island Adventure of Nil

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 03.05.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

What would you do if you were stuck on an island with only one year to escape or you die? Enter Lynne Matson's thrilling debut, Nil. And when I say thrilling, I mean it. Think Survivor meets Lost with the added bonus of romance.

Funny Boys: Those Fabulous Jewish Comedians

Warren Adler | Posted 03.04.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

Not all ideas for my novels have come in a flash. Some have grown in my imagination over a long period of time, more like dripping water that becomes ...

Reading About Many a Legal Proceeding

Dave Astor | Posted 02.28.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Indeed, literature can get very compelling when depicting crime and (sometimes) punishment, to reference the title of a certain Russian novel. And when fictional works depict that, all kinds of stuff can come up.

The Death of Ink

Warren Adler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Whenever I read about the demise of the print newspaper, I am reminded of the curious circumstances surrounding my third novel, The Henderson Equation.

Step Inside Reality TV With SOMETHING REAL

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 02.19.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether or not we want to believe it, reality TV has changed the face of entertainment. From "Survivor," to "The Bachelor," to "Keeping Up With The...

The Key to the Continent: Why Both George Washington and the British Fought Over This One Bend in This One River

Allison Pataki | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

Why was it here, in this sparsely populated and mountainous stretch of the Hudson River, that a cluster of colonies fighting to become a new nation sunk in its roots and decided to establish its most vital fortress?

TOC: Steve Tomasula's Brilliant Literary Time Machine

Illya Szilak | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

We live in a time when the physical object of the book is giving way to an apparently immaterial, eternally renewable electronic version. Steve Tomasula's multimedia novel TOC utilizes the same technology that has fostered this shift to create a compelling work about the nature of time.

When Characters Relocate in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.

Armistead Maupin: The Man Who Wrote the Quintessential San Francisco Novel -- On a Newspaper Deadline

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Armistead Maupin's assignment was to show up at the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday morning and produce seven hundred words, give or take. But Army's job was not to report the story. It was to make it up.

Should You Write a Memoir or a Novel? 4 Key Questions

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Memoirs and novels both require skilled story telling. So how do you decide which form fits your story best? Consider these four key questions.

GAY BOOK REVIEW: Bad Therapist by Will Meyerhofer

Christopher Murray | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

The sincere, comedic and provocative new novel, Bad Therapist utilizes a Swiftian science fiction conceit as a pretext for a thoughtful meditation on love, shifting cultural mores concerning gender and sexuality and psychotherapy itself.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

The Goldfinch and the Art of Reading

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Ah! The joys and tribulations of being surrounded by stacks of books at my bedside, my husband's bedside, books tucked into every available nook and cranny, piled high on every tabletop and stacked double on every shelf, making it impossible to navigate around safely.

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

First of all, let's define 'pro:' for the purposes of this article, a pro is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. My friend Toby Neal and I are pros, with multiple novels and credits of various kinds under our belts.

BUT, NOT AND: The Three Letter Word that Helps the Writer Best

Kathleen George | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Kathleen George

The word "and" is a dangerous word.

Songs With Literary References

Dave Astor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Music that mentions literature is very enjoyable for fans of both those arts, and for anyone who likes the thrill of spotting connections in culture. Also, songs that cite books can have more intellectual depth than the average tune. And people hearing lit-laced lyrics might read the book if they haven't before. What's not to like about that?