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Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems.

Salman Rushdie: A Line Had to Be Defended

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"It wasn't only about me. It was a moment, when a line had to held when you could not conceive the fight", says the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rusdie, in this outtake from a longer interview about his life and work.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival.

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend.

13 Rules for Deciding What Number to Use in the Title of Your Online Article

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
Siobhan Adcock

Despite being reasonably informed and clickbait-proof consumers of digital media, smart people have clicked on all of these links.

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

Does Everybody Have a Book in Them?

Dianne Collins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Books
Dianne Collins

So if you, too, are thinking of writing a book, ask yourself: Who will want to read it? What is my art form? How can I better hone the craft of writing? What will be the value of it to our culture?

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

Where Did The Good 'Ole Family Sitcom Go? Mr. Drummond, Mrs. Huxtable, I Miss You!

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

The definition of "family sitcom" is not what it was back in the '80s or even the '90s. Nowadays, family shows are more geared towards tweens and teens.

Holding Down the Cat: Friends Before Facebook

Sarah Key | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Key

I followed my musings about old-fashioned friendship and fell under her spell again. She couldn't do it by herself. Ramona's big fierce-looking bobca...

Five Brilliant Actors Who Are Also Brilliant Writers

Meira Bienstock | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

As actors use their imagination to create a fictional life the audience will believe, it is not surprising that many actors branch out into the field of writing. As actors know, writing is a craft just like acting, and therefore must be honed on a daily basis.

10 Things White Privilege Has Done for Me in 10 Days

Olivia Cole | Posted 08.07.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I have been actively monitoring my daily life and watching the ways in which that privilege has benefited me when it comes to the blogging and writing that I do. So here it is, 10 ways in 10 days.

Apocryphal: An Interview With Lisa Marie Basile

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Amelia Shroyer

Lisa Marie Basile has to be one of the most hard-working writers I know. She is the author of chapbooks Andalucia, triste and war/lock, and is the Founding Editor of Luna Luna Magazine.

Authors Are A**Holes

Rachel Thompson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

Stop with the whining about how Amazon sucks or blah blah doesn't work (nothing is magical), pull up your big girl and big boy pants and spend that effort writing your next blog post, book or tweet.

We Burn Brighter Together

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.31.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

"Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." -- Eleanor Roosevelt I just returned from our annual ...

Tales of A Writer: My Conversation With Richard L. Kramer

Elan Barnehama | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Sixty-something Kramer is not your typical first time novelist. During his senior year in college he sent a story to The New Yorker, using it as a resume to land a job writing for their Talk of the Town column.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.

33 Things I've Learned About Writing at 33

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.

Book Review: Losing Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life's Detours

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Uma Girish's transformational memoir, Leaving Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life is that kind of book that spoke to every single one of my "hats."

Books That Benefit From Amazon's Latest Disruptive Innovation

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

On Amazon's 'Offer' to Hachette Authors

Emma Walton Hamilton | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Emma Walton Hamilton

In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Ashley Hardaway

"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question.

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.