Karen Fraser Caplan

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50 Must-Read Contemporary Horror Novels

I love being scared. Let me amend that statement. I love being scared when the situation is under my control, like a scary movie or a scary book. I …

Books

The Greatest Crime Novelists on Their Favorite Crime Novels Ever

Who better to ask for book recommendations than some of the best people in the game? GQ asked our favorite crime writers to tell us about the books that have haunted them, inspired them, and made their own work a little more thrilling. Their answers run the gamut from canonical classics to lesser …

Books

Readers’ 23 All-Time Favorite Real Simple Recipes

We asked, and thousands of you answered. Here are the dishes most bookmarked, dog-eared, clipped, shared, and enjoyed—from once-a-week slow-cooker …

Lemonade Fried Chicken

Adapted from <i>Blue Plate Specials and Blue Ribbon Chefs</i> by Jane and Michael Stern (Lebhar-Friedman Books, 2001). Copyright 2001 by Jane and Michael …

Let It Flow: Writing Without Editing

Last week in my workshop on self-editing at <i>Mid-American Review’s</i> Winter Wheat Festival of Writing, writer Terry Korth Fischer asked a great</i> …

Creative Writing

The Prewriting Stage of the Writing Process

Ideas and Strategies to Help With Prewriting<p>The writing process consists of a number of important stages: prewriting, drafting, revising, and …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Creative 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, …

The 27 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

10 Unusual But Critical Edit Checks Before You Hit Publish

A good story is more than good structure, grammar and spelling. Does it keep your reader interested? Do they feel compelled to continue to the end? …

The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

10 Key Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Characters<p>Character Voice is as difficult to pin down as it is critical.<p>Plenty of writing advice …

Creative Writing

Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life

One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying personalities (even those of side characters) in a …

Creative Writing

These Five Apps Will Give You A History Fix

History isn’t dry, dusty books. It’s a living thing, that surrounds us and defines us in ways we may not expect. It’s just a question of learning it. While there’s a lot out there, from ebooks to podcasts, these five apps will help you get a better sense of history and start digging into the …

Nonprofits

Writing Advice From a (Newly Minted) Nobel Winner

Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the bulk of The Remains of the Day in four weeks. All it took was extreme dedication—and a willingness to be terrible.<p>It’s tempting to talk of writing—the art of it, the craft of it, the <i>lifestyle</i> of it—as a kind of romance. Writers of serious literature (according to, at least, …

Literature

How to Start a Story

This is a question I hear a lot: <i>How do I start my story?</i> The answer is simple, but not easy. Got your diving mask on? Ready to figure out how to …

Writing

39 Books That Are Actually Scary

Um... maybe don't read these if you're home alone.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

How To Begin Writing, Even When You Don’t Know Where To Start

I started writing on Medium at the start of 2017.<p>After 9 months, and a couple of blog posts, I’ve noticed a few things.<p>The first is that I’m a …

Nelson DeMille's 6 favorite books featuring iconic sleuths

<b>The Black Tower by P.D. James</b> (Scribner, $16).<p>Nobody writes murder mysteries like the British: slow-paced, almost laconic, atmospheric, and very …

"Everybody has a book in them": 9 secrets to writing a thrilling bestseller - by author Martina Cole

Top author Martina Cole believes we all have a book in us - it's just a matter of putting pencil to paper and letting it all come flowing out.<p><i>Makes</i> …

Writing

How to write a book and publish it (without giving up your day job)

Best tip: start now<p>You dream of being the next J.K. Rowling or Paula Hawkins but that pesky job, not to mention your social life, family commitments …

Writing

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a …

Creative Writing

What It’s Like to Be a Crime Novelist: A Working Podcast Transcript

<i>This is a transcript of the</i> <i>April 11</i> <i>edition of Working. These transcripts are lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record,</i> …

Learn How to Get Paid to Read, Including Writing Book Reviews and More

Want to get Paid to Read? Here are a few ways you can get paid to read:<p>Book Reviews<p>Many magazines and newspapers accept book reviews that relate to …

Writing

6 chilling books with troubled narrators

<i>English writer Joanne Harris recommends six works of fiction narrated by unsettling characters.</i><p><b>The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks</b> (Simon & Schuster, $15).<p>…

Books

Our Favorite Words Of 2016

<i>Black Cardigan is a great newsletter by writer-editor Carrie Frye, who shares dispatches from her reading life. We’re thrilled to share some of them</i> …

How To Hire The Best Customer Service Employees: The Two (Essential) Steps

You can only provide superior customer service if you have superb employees. This requires not only selecting the best applicants who come your way, it also means making sure that the applicant pool from which you’re selecting is sufficiently deep and wide.<br>In other words: you not only need the …

Leadership

5 Must-Haves for a Great Detective in Fiction

The <i>Detective</i> in its formal sense is a fairly recent construct – the first professional police service wasn’t established until 1829 with Robert Peel’s Metropolitan Police Act in London – but crime has been a part of human behavior since time immemorial. It’s in the Bible. It’s in Greek myth. And …

Jack Reacher

What Sort of Writer Would You Like to Be?

WHAT <b>sort of writer</b> do you want to be? That is a perennial and interesting question. But it is also a difficult one to answer because many of us write …

Creative Writing

37 Seriously Amazing Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

Everything you need to know (or buy) to make your house spotless!

Using the Power of Success Accelerants for Faster Goal Achievement

This curated column is authored by Srinivas Rao, Founder, unmistakablecreative.com<p>“The closer you perceive your success to be, the faster you move …