Kristina Elyse Butke

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If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart

Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to write about your boobs—let this generator do it for you<p>The “describe yourself like a male author would” …

Handy

The Most Important Writing Advice You Need Right Now

Writing advice, as I am wont to say, is half-a-bag of nonsense. It’s a wonderful, heady, narcotic mix of survivorship bias and whisper-down-the-lane …

Creative Writing

Why You Shouldn’t Ask Authors for Free Copies of Their Books

It’s unfortunate that I get asked this so often that I actually have a “canned” response now. Even though I haven’t had a new book come out since …

Writing

Samantha Irby: Why I’d Rather Live Alone

I tell anyone who is interested that my ideal long-term romantic relationship is one in which my manfriend and I have separate apartments in the same …

Cat Food

It’s Okay to Give Up on Mediocre Books Because We’re All Going to Die

Life’s too short to force yourself to finish books you don’t enjoyThe fall I was 17, I lived in Paris and read just over 90 books. I was working as …

Books

How Women See How Male Authors See Them

On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a …

Literature

Book Cover Art: Ownership, Use Copyright

• [permitted use] online or electronic publications, including web pages, blogs, ebooks and videos, limited to a maximum of 480,000 total pixels (for …

Publication Design

How to Protect Your Unpublished Writing

The problem of how to protect unpublished writing from people you plan to work with puzzles many writers. Whether and how you should share work …

Creative Writing

France’s Beloved Short Story Dispensers Are Coming to America

In Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, an odd machine stands in the middle of one of the dining rooms. It’s a tall, …

San Francisco

Thread by @courtneymilan: "All right guys. I’m going to drop a long thread on you and go work and ignore responses. I’m sorry. This thread represents my personal opini […]"

All right guys. I’m going to drop a long thread on you and go work and ignore responses. I’m sorry.<p>This thread represents my personal opinions, and …

Writing

Tackling the Daunting Second Novel

I began writing my second novel while I was querying my debut novel, The Hideaway. “They” tell you to do that to keep yourself from obsessing over …

Writing

Meet Justina Ireland, YA Twitter’s Leading Warrior

Photo: Krista Schlueter for Vulture<p>This winter, the comment section of an article in the <i>School Library Journal</i> took a surreal turn. The piece was …

Books

“Do The Thing?” — An FAQ About Doing The Thing

Last week I did a… <b>let’s be charitable and call it “unhinged” fusillade of tweets</b> about how you, Dear Person, should go forth and —*clears …

Writing

Hacking Creativity

One of the stranger articles Inc. magazine ever ran was a 2002 piece about the neuroscience of innovation. Actually, it wasn’t really about …

Creativity

The Strange Rituals Of History’s Most Creative Minds

A new book reveals the habits and superstitions of brilliant artists and thinkers, from I.M. Pei’s nocturnal sketching to Benjamin Franklin taking “air baths.”<p>Standing desks might be a sham–corporate greed masquerading as a healthy lifestyle choice–but you have to give them this: They helped create …

Creativity

10 Lessons From Famous Authors On How To Be A Better Writer

At school, we learn to read and spell. Then, we move on to the next stage and begin to create short stories. When our skills strengthen, essay …

Creative Writing

Building Rigor into Your Writing Process

Rigor. That’s a word we rarely hear. It usually lumbers into conversation alongside something dreaded, like death or school work. As soon as it shows …

Creative Writing

Three things nobody told you about writing a book

Books are mysterious. Until you’ve written one, it’s hard to imagine how anyone ever manages to write one.<p>I wasn’t one of those kids who always …

Common Words That Mean Something More Specific to Experts | Video | Mental Floss

Fun<p>Pinball is back<p>Fun<p>Pinball is back<p>Food<p>How to use leftover chicken<p>Food<p>How to use leftover chicken<p>Food<p>Turn leftover steak into something …

Rabbits

Man Booker prize criticised for changing Taiwanese author's nationality

Wu Ming-Yi’s nationality changed to ‘Taiwan, China’ after Beijing pressured organisers<p>A Man Booker prize nominee has had his nationality changed from Taiwan to “Taiwan, China” after Beijing exerted pressure on the organisers of the literary prize.<p>Wu Ming-Yi was put on the long list for the Man …

China

'A nice set of curves if I do say so myself': a Twitter lesson in how not to write women

One integral thing about being female is that we don’t really think about our breasts very much at all. If we ever do, we never think about how we’ve “propped them up front and centre”. But it seems some male authors don’t realise this, as was piercingly highlighted on Twitter by young adult author …

Author Anita Shreve dies aged 71

The bestselling novelist Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife, has died at the age of 71, after what her publisher called “a long and very private fight with cancer”.<p>Shreve died on 29 March at her home in New Hampshire in the US. A high-school teacher and journalist before turning to writing …

8 Writing Tips from Jeff VanderMeer

I just completed my ninth novel, the first volume in the <i>Adventures of Jonathan Lambshead</i> series, working title “I am Squishy” (that will change, I’m …

A Brief Addendum to “Word Counts and Writing Process”

<b>Done up in Twitter form,</b> and archived here for posterity.1. I have some people snarking at my piece about the writing in the Trump era by noting …

Writing

2017, Word Counts and Writing Process

<b>Today I wrote 1,850 words on Head On,</b> my novel which is coming out next year. In any year previous to 2017, 1,850 words from me in a single day would …

Puerto Rico
Writing

If you want to write, write! And other infuriating advice

If you want to write: write!We’ve all heard some form of this advice, and its more crass counterpart, “put your ass in the chair.”What I hate most …

Writing

Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art?

ONCE UPON A time, artists had jobs. And not “advising the Library of Congress on its newest Verdi acquisition” jobs, but <i>job</i> jobs, the kind you hear about in stump speeches. Think of T.S. Eliot, conjuring “The Waste Land” (1922) by night and overseeing foreign accounts at Lloyds Bank during the day, …

Tom Hanks

Nell Scovell’s New Book Reveals What It’s Like to Be the Only Woman in the Writers’ Room

The comedian who wrote for everything from The Simpsons to Letterman to Lean In has some advice, a few harsh words, and plenty of jokes.<p>A writer and …

Comedy