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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

British novelist Belinda Bauer is at her considerable best when writing about children, and the opening chapter of her latest book, <b>Snap</b> (Bantam, £12.99), is one of the most vividly unnerving I have read. It’s August 1998, and 11-year-old Jack has been left in charge of his young sisters in a hot, …

Books

What the Brontës Can Teach You About Writing

This guest post is by K.M. Weiland. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles …

How To Market Your New Book

You’ve written your book – and now you want to sell it. What should you do?<p>Marketing a book is supposed to be the hardest part of self-publishing. Services like Lulu.com and Amazon’s Createspace mean it’s never been easier to become an author and publish a book. But getting people to hear about it …

The irresistible rise of the short story

Why the short story is the perfect literary form for the 21st century<p>There’s no doubt about it, the short story is having “a moment”. It started this time last year, when <b>Lydia Davis</b>, not so much a short-story writer as a short-short-story writer (some of her tales are only a sentence long) won the …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Alice Hoffman: Five amazing tips to help you write your novel

Want to write an acclaimed best-seller? Follow these specific sensory tips and it will all be easier<p>1. Start with an image, perhaps a full moon, or a girl wearing a hooded sweat shirt running across the parkway, or two deer on the grass, startled by a sudden movement. It can be something you saw or …

How To Think Like A Writer

Writing isn't easy. In fact, it can be painfully difficult. Why? Because it's thinking, but on paper. "To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David McCullough.<p>Many great writers, including Joan Didion and Don DeLillo, have said …

Short story writing tips from writers who know what they’re talking about

At a recent Word Factory salon event in London, panellists including renowned short story writer Clive Sinclair and Times Literary Supplement editor …

5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Ever wonder why all short stories are called <i>short</i>, when in fact some of them are medium-length and some are long? These days, many editors of …

Do You Make These 5 Surprising Short Story Mistakes? - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Although a “mistake” is always in the eye of the beholder, there are a few common weaknesses that we regularly see in short stories by new authors …

More Nearly Lost Street Photos by Photographer Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an amazing photographer whose talents went unrecognized during her lifetime. Back in 2011, a box filled with Maier's negatives was discovered at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Since that time, the American street photographer has become quite the recognizable name in the …

Street Photography

Lists of the Best Sentences — Opening, Closing, and Otherwise — in English-Language Novels

I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.<p>— James …

How to Edit Your Own Book: Tips from Authors on the Revision Process

The most helpful bit of editing advice I ever got was from poet Michele Glazer. She said, “<b>revision IS writing.</b>”<p>In other words, there’s no difference …

Dear Soon To Be Published Author,

Yes, I’m talking to you. The one over there, not meeting my eyes for fear I’ll see the self doubt and despair that have begun to edge out your sense …

The Daily Routines of Great Writers

<i>UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity.</i><p>Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and …