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Ideas for a book: 11 inspiring sources

Do ideas for a book just come to you unexpectedly or do you have to work incredibly hard for them? As writers we go through phases of feeling …

The 6-Part Process to Successfully Self-Publishing Your Book

OUR LATEST VIDEOS<p>I used to be ashamed to admit I was a self-published author. People—even someone as ancillary as the hairdresser—would ask me what I …

Writing

Top 5 Reasons You're Not a Good Writer

Last week I asked you what you think the basics of writing well are. Today, we’re going to talk about the five biggest pitfalls that are hurting your …

Creativity Needs Constraint

Writers Create Their Own Rules<p>Last week I listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson interview David Byrne, and they both had interesting things to say about …

Character Wants vs. Character Needs

<i>Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes trilogy. She has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine</i> …

On Art and Writing

<b>Trying to convey emotion in composition (plot) and not brushwork (emotional question) is misguided. Author Benjamin Percy has a quote that applies to</b> …

Vladimir Propp’s “31 Narratemes”: Another approach to story structure

If you were a member of The Black Board, The Official Writing Community of the Black List and Go Into The Story, you might have seen this post by …

Rediscovering the joy of writing

Writing is almost always a labour of love, but sometimes that love falters. When you begin to forget what you ever enjoyed about writing in the first …

Creative Writing

Five Habits New Writers Should Develop – About Writing: Part 3

This is the third in my series About Writing. Check out Part 1 for a step-by-step guide to writing your first short story, or Part 2 to learn more …

The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing

The author Reif Larsen says Joseph Conrad and Anselm Kiefer taught him how to practice omission without infuriating his readers.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …

Karl Ove Knausgaard Is the World’s Worst Travel Writer

The latest issue of the relaunched <i>New York Times Magazine</i> has, as its centerpiece, a looong essay by Karl Ove Knausgaard, whose six-volume <i>My …

Literature

Northrop Frye - The Anatomy Of Criticism

Internet Archive - Universal Library, Text, pdf.<p>The text file has been extracted from a pdf full of underlines and what not. Truly a mess and not …

Good Books Don't Have to Be Hard

A novelist on the pleasure of reading stories that don't bore; rising up from the supermarket racks<p>A good story is a dirty secret that we all share. It's what makes guilty pleasures so pleasurable, but it's also what makes them so guilty. A juicy tale reeks of crass commercialism and cheap thrills. …

Books

Easy Writers

Guilty pleasures without guilt.<p>When Matthew Arnold keeled over, in April, 1888, while hurrying to catch the Liverpool tram, Walt Whitman managed to contain his grief. “He will not be missed,” Whitman told a friend. Arnold reaffirmed all that was “rich, hefted, lousy, reeking with delicacy, …

Literary Revolution in the Supermarket Aisle: Genre Fiction Is Disruptive Technology

<i>(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.)</i><p>This post is by way of a reply to Arthur Krystal’s “Easy Writers,” a …

It’s Genre. Not That There’s Anything Wrong With It!

Last May, a piece I wrote for the magazine about genre fiction’s new-found respectability caused the digital highway to buckle ever so slightly. Despite my professed admiration for many genre writers, I was blasted for thinking that literary fiction is superior to genre fiction, and for not …

A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate

Last month, when the fiction finalists for the National Book Awards were announced, one stood out from the rest: “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mandel. While the other nominated books are what, nowadays, we call “literary fiction,” “Station Eleven” is set in a familiar genre universe, in which …

Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

Fiction, of course, is a work that is imagined from the mind, a different world than reality.<p>An argument can be made that there are two types of fiction when it comes to novels: Genre Fiction and Literary Fiction. The former includes many subcategories such as Mystery/Thriller, Horror, Romance, …

The Art of Writerly Procrastination, or How I Write My Books While Appearing to Do Nothing

Paddy O’Reilly is an Australian writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenplay. Her latest novel, The Wonders, is published in the United States this …

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Oops! It seems this page can’t be found.<p>Faye offers her sincerest apologies and a virtual map to get you back on track.<p>You can use the search bar …

Pyrrhic Victory: Definition and Examples for Writers

by Liz BuremanI’m a little bummed that I’ve missed my chance to see the first part of <i>Mockingjay</i> in theaters, since movies apparently only live in …

Mocking Jay

Write Like a Cow: On Taking Craft Cues from Your Subject | Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction

Nancy Geyer<p>In her chapbook <i>The Cows</i>, Lydia Davis begins with the promise of drama:<p>Each new day, when they come out from the far side of the barn, it …

A Better Approach to “Write Every Day”

Two Cups of Tea by peppermint quartz on DeviantArt, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, http://fav.me/d4ahdt1<p>Happy New Year!<p>Happy … and …

The 21 books about writing you must read to improve your craft

Somebody asked me to recommend a book list recently so I did some searching and found a dozen or so lists of “best books for writers.” But few of …

Creative Writing

Margie’s Rule # 8: Beware of Writerly!

<b>Margie Lawson</b><p>If you wish review the rule that started it all… Margie-Rule #1: Never Take Any Word for Granted. Or read the whole series!<p>Are you an …