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Writing Process

When Characters Talk, Writers Listen

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

My first two novels began with a plot. A solar energy company melting Antarctic icebergs into drinking water. A Nobel-winning scientist who wants to c...

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

The Death of Ink

Warren Adler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Whenever I read about the demise of the print newspaper, I am reminded of the curious circumstances surrounding my third novel, The Henderson Equation.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

What's Behind the Covers?

Kimberlie I. Leon | Posted 07.08.2013 | Books
Kimberlie I. Leon

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The Genesis of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A writer is someone who always has an eye open and an ear cocked. I am no exception. Drawing from life is at the heart of my novels, although each one begins in its unique way.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

The Road to Publication - Part One: Writers and Book Sellers

S.L. Scott | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

I write in the middle of the chaos of my living room. I stay up late to write in the serenity of the night and wake up early to squeeze in an hour of writing before my family awakens. I do these things because that is what I have to do to follow my passion and pursue my dreams.

And Then What Happened?: My Self-Publishing Diaries

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 02.11.2013 | Books
Julie Gerstenblatt

I was at a shiva call eating a bagel with lox, schmoozing with friends and relatives of the deceased. I was positioned between the living and dining rooms of a split-level ranch, feet hurting from standing for so long, when my life as an unpublished author suddenly took a turn.

War of "The Words"

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.11.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The naysayers are writing this one off as a total failure but I say it is one of the best movies of the year. Go see The Words.

One Is the Loneliest Number

Tony Asaro | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Tony Asaro

It's commonly said in musical theatre writing circle -- there aren't enough of us for the plural -- that every collaboration is like a marriage, except you don't have sex. And like many marriages, many collaborations fall apart. Mine did.

How Labeling and Hyperbole Sabotage Your Writing Productivity

Hillary Rettig | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

Prolific writers learn to lose themselves nonjudgmentally in their work, trusting that their skills, community, and the writing process itself will get them where they need to go.

A Writer's Writing Process: An Interview With My Father, Jay Wolpert

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I truly believe that most people who should write... and who don't write... don't because they're afraid to find out that they're lousy at it. Not wanting to confront that unpleasant truth in myself, I invented powerful excuses not to write.

What Writing Teaches Us About Parenting

Brian Gresko | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brian Gresko

Someday I hope to uncover a grand theory that unifies all of my life's pursuits, but for now, I'm content finding a few parallels between being a writer and a stay-at-home dad.

Making a Novel: The Allure of 100 Pages

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Last year, I started blogging about the making of a new novel, and I wrote in this space every day. It proved to take too big a toll on the progress o...

I'm Always Right

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

What would happen if you gave everyone (and your former spouse or partner, in particular) the benefit of the doubt?

Children of Divorce List Their Holiday Do's and Don'ts

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Children are pretty wise for not spending too many years on this planet. Their holiday advice is great, and following it will make your holiday season go much more smoothly.

The Making of a Novel: Revise as You Go, or Forge Ahead?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I once knew a novelist who set herself the goal of writing a page a day, and she would not stop until the page was perfect. Every night, she would rea...

The Making of a Novel: Twyla Tharp's Magic Box

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

In Tywla Tharp's lucid and logical book, The Creative Habit, she talks about a simple idea for organizing the things that inspire a project: You put them in a box.

Putting It Out There: The Pleasures and Perils of Memoir

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

Writing this story began as an exercise in catharsis. The work of a writer trying to understand what had happened. A snippet of memoir that began in a writing workshop and evolved into a saleable essay.

Nothing Doing: Further Adventures of a Non-Bestselling Author

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

Maybe drifting is part of the writing process; maybe the time spent doing anything other than writing is as important to the writing as actually sitting down and doing it.

I'm Not Happy to Serve You: Authors and the New Publishing by Consensus

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

I didn't become a writer so that I could be a market researcher who tailors my thinking and writing to the interests of the people who made fun of me in high school.

Writer/Concierge: More Adventures of a Non-Bestselling Author

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

The good news is that in addition to being an extremely non-bestselling author, I am also a concierge. The bad news is that I'm not very good at it.