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35 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. I always have coffee before I write.<p>I find other …

Blueprint, Territory, Language, Portal, Singular Lens: 5 Ways to Read as a Writer

There’s reading for entertainment, of course, and reading as a writer. The first is fairly straightforward. The second can be a kind of frantic act …

Writing

10 Utterly Unique Books That Will Make You Question The "Rules" Of Writing

When you read a lot of books, you start to notice a few familiar patterns. Like... those two characters who hate each other on page one? They're …

What Is an Unreliable Narrator and How Can I Identify One?

How to Recognize and Create an Unreliable Narrator<p>Trust Issues with the Narrator Character<p>Updated May 14, 2018<p>In fiction, as in life, an unreliable …

Creative Writing

7 Thoughtful Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You Don't Know What To Write | Inc.com

I am a writer.<p>On any given day, I write somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 words--and the genres are all over the board.<p>I have a journal for poetry and quick ideas that I keep with me at all times, in my backpack. I aim to write an answer on Quora every day. I write here on <i>Inc Magazine</i> five times …

Creative Writing

Surveillance, Satire and the Female Body

Alissa Nutting takes on a culture of sex dolls and maintenance liesSex shop mannequins — Bruges. Photo by Eric Huybrechts, via Flickr.Following the …

Relationships

Choosing description words: 10 questions to ask

There are endless ways to describe someone, from physical description to verbal tics, personal views and more. Here are 10 questions to ask about …

Creative Writing

I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored

As an only child who grew up before the rise of the Internet, boredom was my constant companion. Summers were an endless stretch of riding my bike around town, reading, and staring up into the sky, imagining stories that I later wrote into my tattered journals.<p>This tendency toward unscheduled …

Creativity

6 Life Changing Lessons for Creatives From Neil Gaiman

In this article of Neil Gaimain’s advice for creatives, I think it’s best to start with Neil’s favorite piece advice from one of his idols, Stephen …

David Sedaris Breaks Down His Writing Process: Keep a Diary, Carry a Notebook, Read Out Loud, Abandon Hope

When did you first hear David Sedaris? Normally in the case of a writer, let alone one of the most famous and successful writers alive, the question …

“South Wind,” a Strange Literary Best-Seller, a Hundred Years Later

What do writers write, and what do readers want to read, when the world is turned upside down? In the summer of 1917, as German aircraft pounded London with bombs, and the first American troops arrived in France, many readers yearned for escape. That June, the polymathic travel writer Norman …

Do You Need a College Degree to Be a Writer?

I’m a full-time writer with no English degree. (I’ll tell you a bigger secret, I actually don’t have a degree at all.) And after doing this for a few …

Writing

The 3 Tiers of Point of View Technique: Observation, Interpretation & Imagination

By Richard Broderick in Flickr Creative CommonsOur guest today is Julia Fierro, author of novels <i>The Gypsy Moth Summer</i> (to be released on June 6th) …

Creative 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 …

Writing

Keith Stevenson: 'London is the epicentre of theatre to American actors' | Interviews

<i>On a whim, Stevenson wrote a play about a West Virginia motel full of strange characters. He tells Tim Bano how, five years later, Out There on Fried</i> …

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

'A Face Like Glass' Is A Magical, Perfectly Ticking Machine Of A Tale

Let me begin by stating that this is a perfect book.<p>I don't say this lightly. It's perfect in the way that excellent clockwork is perfect: intricate, precise, and hiding all its marvels in plain sight. Imagine a clear box full of interlocking gears and springs and pulleys — you can follow all their …

Books

Why People Love Southern Gothic

<i>“Don’t you see?” he cried. “Don't you see? This whole land, the whole South, is cursed, and all of us who derive from it, whom it ever suckled, white</i> …

James Patterson And How To Become A Bestselling Author Of Books

When we speak of bestsellers, we’re often referring to books that have sold fewer copies than one might think. By the estimation of award-winning …

Rakesh Satyal - Interview

Rakesh Satyal’s second novel is the ambitious and universally relatable tale of three Indian Americans—Harit, Ranjana and Prashant—who set out on …

Books

T. Geronimo Johnson wins $50,000 Simpson Family Literary Prize

The Berkeley novelist T. Geronimo Johnson has won the Simpson Family Literary Prize, a new award that honors authors in the middle of their …

Setting Up Your Scrivener Project for Easier Compiling

A common anxiety I’ve noticed among my Scrivener students and training clients is over whether they have their project set up “right.”So, I’m going …

Writing

What Should the Indian-American Novel Be?

Rakesh Satyal has come up with a hell of a title for his second novel: <i>No One Can Pronounce My Name</i>. We’ll come back to that.<p>Satyal published his …

The Books That Made Your Favorite Writers Want to Write

It’s a question that’s asked by interviewers all the time: how did you become a writer? It’s kind of a lob, and for many authors, the answer is …

Poetry Daily: Trophic Cascade, by Camille T. Dungy

Poetry Daily only archives poems for 365 days from the date that they first appeared. Please visit the archive to view currently available poems.

Poetry

Murakami vs. Bolaño: Competing Visions of the Global Novel

In <i>The Fall of Language in the Age of English</i>, Minae Mizumura offers a harsh judgment on the state of Japanese literature. “Representative works of …

Inside the Ruins: On Derek Walcott’s Life and Work

In March, the acclaimed poet <b>Derek Walcott</b> died at the age of 87. Born on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, Walcott became a literary voice known …

Literature

The myths embedded in English literature

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s project to celebrate the myth and magic of the influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Report, 22 April) will draw upon the roots of classical culture that undoubtedly run deep in Shakespeare’s plays. But deeper still run the wellsprings of fireside tales imbibed since …

Literature

The Library Is Open: 13 Instances of Writers Throwing Shade at One Another

In drag queen nomenclature, “reading” has nothing to do with literature. As explained in the immortal 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” which introduced the world to Harlem’s drag ball scene, reading is “the real art form of insults” (see also: throwing shade). Every season, the queens on …

Try to Discover Something

If you’re writing a piece of fiction, I’d urge you not to try to show anything—instead, try to discover something. There’s no way to write anything …

Writing