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The Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel 'Less' By Andrew Sean Greer Is Exactly The Book We Need Right Now

To the surprise of many book-lovers, Andrew Sean Greer's <i>Less</i> was announced as the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction on Monday afternoon. A …

Books

How to Find the Conflict in a Story

One of the greatest challenges of writing better stories is knowing exactly which scenes to write. The best scenes focus on the core elements of …

Creative Writing

Benefits of Writing I Did Not See Coming

“Routine Equals Freedom” — Jocko Willinks<p>I am approaching my year anniversary of writing consistently on Medium. Like making the decision to do …

Creative Writing

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

Creative Writing

5 Ways to Hook Your Reader In Every Scene

Many writing books talk about the importance of the first line, first paragraph and first page of a novel.If you don’t grab the reader early in your …

Creative Writing

What You Need to Know About Stephen Hawking’s Final Physics Paper

Less than two weeks before his death on March 14, beloved cosmologist Stephen Hawking put the final touches on a research paper about the origin and …

Physics

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

Religion

All the TV shows coming in spring 2018 — and whether you should watch them

We put together a list of all the notable new and returning shows coming in the next couple months, and let you know whether or not you should watch them.<p>The lineup for spring 2018 is pretty promising, but thankfully isn't overwhelming with shows you must watch. Some of the best dramas are starting …

TV

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working on Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

Writing

Tomi Adeyemi on Writing the Biggest YA Novel of the Year

The Children of Blood and Bone author explains her process and shares her dream cast for the movie.<p>Almost a year before it hit shelves, Tomi Adeyemi's novel <i>Children of Blood and Bone</i> was making headlines. In March 2017, Deadline reported that Tomi had earned a seven-figure book deal for her …

How do you write a novel?

I’ve written four novels and am a third of the way through my fifth. My first novel was unreadable although my best writer friend made a valiant …

First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.<p><b>How do writers craft</b> …

Writing

Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick

In my six semesters as an English major, this is the best thing I learned: When in doubt, put the best bit of a sentence at the end, the next-best …

How Important is the First Draft to Your Novel?

We’re an odd lot, novelists. Obsessive. Why else does someone launch a project that consumes so much time and holds out such a wavering promise of …

Writing

26 of the year's best movies no one saw

High praise, low box office

Film Industry

A Book Must Be the Axe for the Frozen Sea Inside Us

We need the books that affect us like disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished …

Writing

What I Learned From Binge-Writing Nine Bad Novels

This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it's part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I've never published these novels, …

Writing

The Novel-Writing Training Plan

17 Steps to Get Your Ideas in Shape for the Marathon of Writing. Free throughout October.<p>Planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? Or just ready to …

Top 5 Professional Fantasy Writing Tips by Bill Ricardi – SFFWorld

Top 5 Professional Fantasy Writing Tips by Bill Ricardi<p>As a breakout author, I’m often asked about how one makes the transition from hobbyist to full …

Creative Writing

4 Weird and Wondrous Short Story Collections You Might Have Missed

Ransom Riggs, author of <i>Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children</i>, describes Loory’s stories as “Little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully …

Books

Interpreting the Bible Just Got More Complicated

The English translation of the recently discovered oldest Latin version of the Gospels may be problematic for those who want to read the Bible as a …

Writing

So You’ve Decided to Write: When to Drown Your Darlings

Another editor, a rival of mine with a fondness for hypocrisy, once said there was nothing worse than a truthless writer, but I have never known any. …

What Makes A Good Whodunit? 'Magpie Murders' Author Spells It Out

Murder. For writer Anthony Horowitz, that's where it all starts. He says everyone is fascinated by murder — just look at <i>Foyle's War</i>, his BBC mystery series. The show is set in the U.K. during World War II, but that wasn't its selling point.<p>"If I had gone to the BBC and said I wanted write about, I …

Books

Treat Writing As a Job

Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined. Lots of writers get a bit OCD-ish about this. Graham Greene famously wrote 500 words a day. Jean Plaidy …

Writing

The Best Book Writing Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

A few months ago, I traveled home for the holidays. This time was filled with loud family political rants and way too many sugar cookies. I had an …

Writing

If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now

The key to getting your book written, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, isn’t talent or luck or inspiration. It’s the act of sitting down …

These are the best books ever, according to the Goodreads community

We’re always on the hunt for new books to add to our reading lists. That’s why we use Goodreads. It’s one of the easiest ways to find new titles and …

Literature

The Ultimate Video Essay Guide to Martin Scorsese

Everything you need to know about the director in one handy post.<p>Have a conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world about the greatest living …

Martin Scorsese

How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher

You have finished writing the first draft of your story, a version of your whole story from beginning to end. Now it is time to edit, to revise your …

Creative Writing