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If I Wrote a Novel in 15 Minutes a Day, Then You Probably Can Too

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Siobhan Adcock

I started my first novel when I was working full-time at a demanding job and had a 7 month-old baby. I work, I have a family and I write -- I'm not a special case. So it stands to reason that if I can write a novel in 15 minutes a day, other people probably can too.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Nicole Leigh West

My first novel was coming. Although a published travel writer, I hadn't ventured into serious novel writing before. A lucky break led to my imagination being plunged into a ready-made atmosphere, just waiting to be peopled with quirky characters and magical adventures.

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while readi...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Women, Ranching and Wild Mercy in Nevada, Oregon and Australia

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I devoured these three books in the space of a week -- all about strong women doing outrageously difficult things against harsh and stunning landscapes.

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Not So Novel: Polite Racism

Hannah Sutker | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
Hannah Sutker

Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.

A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.

'The Ninth Circle' Author Brendan Deneen Talks About His Circus-Themed Horror Novel

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Lion tamers, a bearded lady, sword swallowers and more: Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle has it all and stands apart as one of the most fascinating and unique books to hit shelves in a long time.

Am I an Author or Prostitute... Who Can Rightly Say?

D.J. Wilson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Books
D.J. Wilson

Do some authors prostitute themselves to make a living creating stories that sell to the masses, rather than writing "their story" directly from the heart? That is the question of the day and one that I've asked myself repeatedly a thousand times.

Marilynne Robinson On Writing Novels About Faith

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about fai...

'The Golem of Hollywood' A Talk With Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jonathan and Jesse have co-authored The Golem of Hollywood, a crime novel with elements of myth and the supernatural.

No End: Richard Fulco Talks Music, New York and Writing His First Novel

Elford Alley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Elford Alley

Music blogger and playwright Richard Fulco has recently released his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope. The book is equal parts love letter and bitter reproach to New York, as seen through the eyes of his struggling protagonist, John Lenza. Richard talks about the unexpected challenges of completing his first novel while balancing work and family.

Get a Job (, or How My Wife Let Me Quit and Write a Novel)

Scott Cheshire | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Scott Cheshire

We raised our glasses, and introduced ourselves to the other couples around us until someone kindly congratulated me on my book. Because hadn't I just published a book, too? That's not exactly true, but it certainly feels like it is.

Chapter One: 'I Am So Embarrassed!'

Katie Morton | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

When I was growing up, I always felt unmoored and uncentered, like I didn't know who I was and like I was waiting for someone else to tell me. I was finally getting a sense, now as an adult, that my opinion of myself mattered.

Building an Immortal Man

G. Doucette | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

I think the allure of the subject matter has a lot to do with curiosity about what we might be like -- as a species -- absent the inevitability of death. To that end, I wanted a character that was as relatable as possible.

Climate Change and Our Kids' Future: An Excerpt From A Drowning World

Brenda Peterson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Brenda Peterson

It's not just up to scientists and activists to tell the world about climate change. It's up to storytellers. We can vividly imagine the future so we ...

5 Courageous Fictional Characters Who Teach Us How to Stay Brave

Meira Bienstock | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

Sometimes it is not as obvious as a knight riding his horse into battle to face the enemy. Below are different types of courage displayed by five fictional characters who endure so much, and yet always stay strong, never, ever giving up.

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

I Almost Quit Writing; This Book Is Why I Didn't

Maya Rodale | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Earlier this year, I almost quit writing. The hours are endless, the pay is wildly unpredictable, and writing emotionally driven books is draining.