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What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

When Characters Talk, Writers Listen

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

My first two novels began with a plot. A solar energy company melting Antarctic icebergs into drinking water. A Nobel-winning scientist who wants to c...

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

Character Is Destiny

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

Texas Wonders

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Notes on a First Novel

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Kathleen Reardon

Many people have told me they would love to write a novel. Why then have so many of them not done so?

The Power of Plot

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Look up any review of Brown's fiction, scan it for descriptions of his prose, and you'll likely find the adjectives "clunky" and "repetitive" playing central roles. What redeems Brown's novels -- or, at least, compels readers to buy and read them?

Bending the Story (Without Breaking It)

David Kudler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
David Kudler

When well employed, time travel and prophecy can both increase a story's effectiveness, even as they seem to be short-circuiting it.

"Keep Your Book Warm" and Other Tips for Fighting Writer's Block

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

No matter how long you've been writing, you've probably experienced that panic-induced paralysis known as writer's block. If you want to tame the symptoms of this debilitating condition, here are some home remedies to try.

Are You Reading Like a Writer?

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 06.15.2011 | Books

John O’Hara said it best: “Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.” It’s no secret that reading a lot can supplement your wri...

An Environmentalist's Review of True Grit

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

[SPOILER ALERT: This review contains plot revelations; don't read past the second paragraph if you don't want to know how the story ends.]We can be fa...

Balanced Life: Avoid a Repellent Plotline

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

One of the key tools for a happiness project, I've discovered, is mindfulness. Which is unfortunate, because I'm a very unmindful person.

An Environmentalist's View of Alice in Wonderland

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, those depicted as being fully themselves tend to convene or live outside, amid the vividly rendered trees, mushrooms, and wild things.

David Shields: 'Plots Are For Dead People

The Millions | David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We live in a post-narrative, post-novel world. Plots are for dead people. Novelly novels exist, of course, and whenever I'm on a plane, it's all I see...

Beyond Hippies And Treehuggers: The Urban Farming Revolution

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On a plot of soil, nestled against the backdrop of skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, a group of residents are turning a lack of access to fres...

Will Friday Sermons Condemn Jihadist Plot to Blow Up New York Synagogues?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

When Obama expands the limits of dialogue, the first red line he must draw is against the poison of state-sanctioned bigotry that is spawning not only hatred but criminal violence.