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Writing a Novel

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.

The Long Road to a Published Novel

Adam Pelzman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Adam Pelzman

For most of my adult life, writing was my private passion. It was one that I pursued in solitude and shared with only a small group of "gentle readers." So when news of Troika's publication came out, many people in my life were stunned to learn that I'd written a novel.

The 10 Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Those of us who are writers know that publishing a book is a lot like the first weeks of motherhood, where you're binge eating, weeping, laughing hysterically, and want to sleep but can't. Some people say things that help you get through the day, but others make you cry all over again.

My Advice Is to Ignore My Advice

G. Doucette | Posted 05.18.2014 | 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.

12 Life Hacks You Need to Be Awesome at Life

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Carlota Zimmerman

I spend a lot of time convincing people to stop being their own worst enemy, and instead invest that energy in developing their potential so they can create the opportunities they need. In the nature of a public service announcement, here are the 12 most common things I find myself reminding clients who are attempting to re-create themselves.

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.

Writing Is Like Sex

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cassie Premo Steele

Just as you cannot become adept at making love by thinking about it, you will not be successful as a writer by allowing your thoughts and feelings about writing to stand in for the writing practice itself.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is a prolific author who has written 40 novels. Jon's most recent novel, The Tenth Circle, involves terrorist attacks on the U.S, masterminded by a vicious cabal.

Out of the Closet and Into the Library at Age 8

Richard Alther | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

The Secret Garden cemented my love affair with books -- well, novels -- and their power primarily to shield me from nay-saying, which I came to realize much later as bulwark against internalized homophobia.

The Nightmare of a New Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Once I barge past that initial feeling of immobilization, the writing assumes its own energy. Many things emerge. They seem to come from some deep mental recess. The experience can seem like a mystifying, dreamlike process, or even a strange form of magic.

J.J. Abrams on the Creative Process That Went Into His New Novel S.

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.30.2013 | Books
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I sit down with award-winning producer J.J. Abrams. He's co-created iconic television programs such as Lost. Tonight he talks about working on his recently released interactive novel titled S. and his newest show Almost Human.

Extreme Research

Karen Dionne | Posted 12.30.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

My destination: Chaitén Volcano in Northern Patagonia, Chile. My purpose: researching the setting for my next novel. I stayed in Chaitén four days, even though the town remained evacuated and the volcano was still on Red Alert.

Cooking Up a Great Story -- The Necessary Ingredients

James S. Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

In talking with a friend of mine the other day, it occurred to me that writing novels is somewhat similar to being a standup comedian.

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.

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?

How to Debut on Your Own Terms

Henriette Lazaridis Power | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Henriette Lazaridis Power

So if we know how to be the masters of time in the novels and stories we create, why not be masters of our career chronology as well? And why not create for ourselves beginnings that bring us the meaning and joy that we're looking for?

Five Rules for a Gay Summer Beach Read

Mario López-Cordero | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Mario López-Cordero

Let me set the scene: It's the middle of summer 2008 and as a freelance writer in between assignments, I have escaped Manhattan to a rental in Fire Island with my dog and a stack of books for company.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

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?

Finding Inspiration

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Roberta Gately

While Afghanistan's ethnic and border wars have long shaped its violent and stubborn history, it has unfairly colored the world's view of its citizens as well. But the reality is that the Afghans I know are at once both resilient and graceful, and it was these inspiring qualities I hoped to bring to my novel.

Transactional Love

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

The two impulses -- writing and selling -- couldn't be more different, or at least they have been for me.

Write the Great American Novel In 10 Easy Steps

Ester Bloom | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Ester Bloom

Be a dude, ideally dead. Questions to ask yourself: What's the body count? Are your characters suffering? Add more violence. Are your characters sufficiently coarsened by the inequities of modern life? Add more profanity.

My First Gotham Writing Class

Katie DiBenedetto | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Katie DiBenedetto

I no longer have my school newspaper or club basketball team to meet new people and enjoy my hobbies. So, I decided to take a writing class in NYC.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Birth of Anything Is Possible

Thomas Bähler | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Thomas Bähler

Virtually the entire world knows the fables of ÆSOP, from which many great quotes have derived, such as the title of this piece. But his life has remained in the shadows. Until now. Somehow, as if by magic, ÆSOP's life has converged with mine.