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Writing Fiction

What Keeps a Woman Writing? Other Women Who Write.

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

Any woman who works knows there isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. Even before we start our paid jobs, we've put in hours of lab...

How to Keep Your Writing Warm When You Can't Write

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Unfortunately, a writing retreat, there's always the letdown. You come back and family life is the same exhilarating, exhausting Bermuda Triangle it always is. And there your bag sits with those fresh pages of your novel, untouched, as mine has been for the past four days since coming home.

How Old Is Too Old for a Main Character?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I adore my agent. He's one of the wisest and nicest men I've ever met in my life and I trust him completely. Still, I was nonplussed. Why shouldn't my book start with the point of view of a woman in her fifties?

Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

First of all, let's define 'pro:' for the purposes of this article, a pro is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. My friend Toby Neal and I are pros, with multiple novels and credits of various kinds under our belts.

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference?

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: The guidelines for literary and mainstream fiction often differ from those of popular fiction such as romance novels, ...

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?

Web of Stories: Philip Roth, the Writers' Writer

Aimee Pozorski | Posted 09.07.2013 | Books
Aimee Pozorski

This summer, without a Roth novel to confront for the very first time, I have returned repeatedly to his collaboration with Christopher Sykes: Web of Stories, a series of interviews in which Mr. Roth talks about his childhood, his influences, the ideas for his novels, and his life as a writer.

Psychologist Meets Notorious Con Woman

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Seeing the world through the eyes of another is truly one of the most seductive aspects of writing -- and reading -- fiction.

Doc, Have You Read My Book?

Julie Sarkissian | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Julie Sarkissian

When I received the advanced reader's copy of the book, I thought of my therapist. Without the work we had done together I wouldn't have had the presence of mind to finish the book, let alone appreciate holding it.

Why Is My Dialogue Stuck?

Alan Watt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Alan Watt

The surest way to kill the aliveness of our characters is by insisting that they always make sense. When we follow the labyrinth of most conversations, we discover one constant: people always want something.

Matt Ferner

Author J.A. Tyler Talks Mud Luscious Press, Colorado Fiction

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.16.2012 | Denver

J.A. Tyler is busy. Very busy. An author and editor, Tyler is producing some of the most challenging, distinct and provocative works of modern fiction...

What's My Genre, Anyway?

Ming Holden | Posted 02.04.2012 | Books
Ming Holden

The appropriation of a piece of literature to a certain genre is a process descriptive of the political moment in which the text finds itself; it's indicative of what's permitted to be described as fact in a particular cultural atmosphere, whether it's intended to be or not.

Writer Wednesday: Is Writing Genre Fiction Really All That Easy?

Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: As a writer, you’ve probably met someone who says he/she is going write a book because “it looks easy” and “any...

Ten Reasons Not to Write Your Novel

Will Weaver | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Will Weaver

Just because you speak English does not mean you can write English. Your boss is proof of that.

Why Writing Is a Foolish Pleasure

Roger Housden | Posted 08.15.2011 | Books
Roger Housden

Who would have thought it? To live a life of words spilling out of the mind, out of the heart onto the page and into the eyes of invisible strangers. ...

How Do We Dream Up Novels? Or Do Novels Dream Us?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Like all dreams, it's hard to know exactly when this one started. Maybe it was the day way way back in April of 1985 when I walked away from a plum job as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, pushing my infant daughter Jocelyn in her carriage.

Seeing Red: "Sex and Cinnamon"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Years later, she tries to focus on the details: the cinnamon sugar sticking to her shoulder. The thick fold of leaves overhead. The cold buttered toast wrapped in tin foil. The smell of his sweat mixed into the smell of pine needles.

Writer's Groups: What to Do With Critique & Advice

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

If you're in a writing workshop, by the time you've finished your book you've collected a notebook of criticism and compliments. Be wise with both.

10 Rules For Writing Fiction: Margaret Atwood, Elmore Leonard, Richard Ford And Others Share Their Tips

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again -- if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 ...

Rick Moody Delves Into Twitter Fiction

Wall Street Journal | Alexandra Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This week, author Rick Moody has been experimenting with Twitterfiction -- he is tweeting a short story over the course of three days, posting a new s...