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Writing a Novel

A Writer's Thanksgiving

Jackie Parker | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Jackie Parker

It was not just my sons, grown and leading their own lives, but myself I was hoping to soothe with a traditional Thanksgiving.

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?

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

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.

The Serious Novelist's Guide to NaNoWriMo

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts Nov. 1, which means there's still time for you to get prepped and ready. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge where the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days.

A Magical Island: Making the Most of Your Novel's Setting

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

To me, settings are far more than just places in books. I view settings as essential components of every novel, because so often places convey the interior landscapes of the characters and deepen the reader's experience.

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.

5 Questions You Must Ask Your Protagonist Before Writing Your Novel

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Traci L. Slatton

You know how the novel opens -- perhaps with a dream, which was Anais Nin's advice to a friend. Or perhaps you're starting with an explosive burst of action or with an immersive interior monologue.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

On My Unpublished Novel: Was It Worth It?

Jackie Parker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Jackie Parker

"Was it worth it?" my son asks, referring to my unpublished novel, the 10-year endeavor that haunts our meetings, the elephant by my side. How can I answer him? He is 30 and facing the big questions: What shall I do that has worth?

5 Fundamental Tips For Writing Your First Novel

Jack Woodville London | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jack Woodville London

Autumn is the season when word processors develop twitches in keyboards. Writers emerge from summers abroad, agents hunger for a new voice, publishers...

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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.