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What Growing Up Near A Prison Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Elle Cosimano | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Elle Cosimano

Orange jumpsuits do not define our whole person any more than a judge's robes or a shiny badge.

Is Every Friggin' Person in America Writing a Novel?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Is every friggin' person in America writing a novel? Yes, absolutely, every friggin' person in America is writing a novel or so it can seem and so drives me to such an outrageous hyperbole.

How to Write a Synopsis? Pretend You're Carving Soap

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I recently finished the synopsis for my new novel, and truthfully? By the end I felt like I did at Girl Scout camp, when they used to have us carv...

The Lost Father

Babette Hughes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Babette Hughes

Did this really happen? I believe so. But it really doesn't matter, not to me, because I have absorbed so many reports and whispers and been told so many confessions and recollections for so long that they have become part of me and are fixed as the moon.

'I Don't Have An Inspirational Word To Say About Having Breast Cancer'

Deborah Doucette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

People have asked me how I found the lump. I hardly ever tell them the truth because I'm afraid they would think I'm crazy. I'll tell you, but not yet.

Skiing the Cirque

Joseph Olshan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Joseph Olshan

Unlike some of my contemporaries who can research an era hundreds of years ago and miraculously and imaginatively inject themselves into lost time, I feel creatively confined to the perimeters of my own life.

Series on Series: A Second Hand With Dark Justice

William Bernhardt | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

I still remember the first Earth Day. And now that I've completely dated myself, let me explain the significance.

Living the Dream

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I retired from psychiatry and began writing fiction -- full-time. I'll soon to be 71 and am finally doing what I always wanted: writing heart-pumping thrillers. It's never too late to live the dream.

The Dangers & Delights of Downton Abbey

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.06.2013 | TV
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels My mother, who has forced me to stay up past my bedtime to watch PBS's Mast...

2012 Catastrophes That Make Me Optimistic for 2013

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.27.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels There were some silver linings with some of the bad news stories this year....

Ode to the Club Sandwich

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home
Maria Rodale

It started this summer after a golf game when I got a sudden terrible craving for a club sandwich. The public course I played on didn't serve them, ...

How to Turn Your Home into a Writing Retreat

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels I do my best writing when I'm alone in hotels. In other words, when I am fr...

How to Write a Novel in a Month (The Easy Way!)

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels November is National Novel Writing Month and in honor of that, I thought I'...

On Making It as a Writer

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 10.17.2012 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

In most cases -- and here I'm talking about literary fiction but it holds true for other kinds of writing -- making it as a writer means settling in and letting things take as long as they take.

The Making of a Novel: I Read It in the New York Times

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

When you're writing a long story, you often labor for a long time in the dark. You're not exactly sure where you're going and you're not exactly sure how you are going to get there.

How to Win Big at NaNoWriMo

Michael Ashley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Ashley

One wildly successful program has helped thousands of writers get published. It's called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Every November writers are challenged to create a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.