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By Kristina Elyse Butke | A scrumptious sampling of the writing life.

The YA dystopia boom is over. It’s been replaced by stories of teen suicide.

What it means that 13 Reasons Why is the new Hunger Games.<p>2017 was supposed to be the year of the dystopia. And it is, but not quite in the way that dystopias dominated the cultural conversation just a few years ago.<p>In the early 2010s, YA dystopias were so prevalent as to be a cliché. They were …

Suicide

His Dark Materials: the enduring, terrifying appeal of Philip Pullman's world

La Belle Sauvage will return readers to Lyra’s universe tomorrow, 17 years after Pullman’s original trilogy ended. But His Dark Materials remains a radical read – and a true modern classic<p>Children’s authors are always being invited to speak in schools and, at every visit, I ask the question: “If …

Books

YA Novel About “Mob Mentalities” Punished After Online Backlash

When Laura Moriarty decided she wanted to write a dystopian novel about a future America in which Muslims are forcefully corralled into detention …

Books

What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly

When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “<i>Fire in the Belly</i>.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I …

Publishing

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 …

Authors

CreateSpace Is Closing Its Online Bookstore

Amazon owns CreateSpace, the print-on-demand solution that allows indie authors to produce print editions of their work and then seamlessly integrate …

Famous Authors Reply to Your Unsolicited Dick Pic

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’s 13th Most-Read Article of 2016 <i><br>Originally published March 8, 2016</i>- - -<b>JANE AUSTEN</b>IT is a truth universally …

Literature

LIGHTS, CAMERA . . .

I’ve got a confession to make.<p>I hate writing action scenes.<p>Well . . . maybe <i>hate</i> is too strong a word, at least these days. I’ve written so many …

Write Right Now (or Get Ready to Write Later)

Looking for a starting point, or some inspiration for your work? We’ve assembled a list of prompts to help you put creative rubber to the road. The …

Writing

The women changing the face of the comic book industry

This year I went to the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival – my first comic book convention. On the face of it, it looked more or less exactly the way …

Graphic Novels

What Happened to the Nobel Prize in Literature?

The standard joke about the Nobel Prize in Literature is that it’s a prize for Estonian poets. There’s an insecurity underlying this joke—no one …

Literature

Carmen Maria Machado on Her New Book & the 'Surreal Horror' of 'Being a Woman or Queer Person in the World'

The women of Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection <i>Her Body and Other Parties</i> <i></i>are haunted, invisible, stitched together, loved, in love, alone, dead, …

Books

Here Are Some of The Strangest Habits of Some of the World’s Greatest Writers

It would be admitting the obvious to say that writers are, well, odd. Even if you were to take out the obvious manifestations of strangeness — other …

Authors

Tolkien’s Map and the Perplexing River Systems of Middle-earth

Remember when I said that the map of Middle-earth had 99 problems and mountains were 98 of them? Well, it’s time to talk about that one remaining …

GIS

How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever | creative writing blog

The knowledge that <b>writing fast doesn’t mean writing bad</b>, was one of the most important lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. In fact, many famous novels …

Writing

Crafting Micro Stories

Micro stories are not only great fun, but excellent practice for writers. Creating micro stories forces you to tighten your prose – an essential …

Writing

Six Common Problems With Long Series

We love long series here at Mythcreants. Sometimes it takes more than one novel or season of TV to properly tell a story. There’s nothing like the …

Writing

Five Injustices in Superhero Stories

I’ve written about injustice in speculative fiction before, but this week I want to focus on the superhero genre. For superheroes, justice is a …

Comics

How to Create an Eclectic Magic System

Some time ago I outlined steps for creating rational magic systems. In short, a magic system is rational if it follows a consistent set of …

Spirituality

How to Talk About Dark Stories

Games of Thrones is dark; Disney’s Cinderella is not. Few would disagree, and many could choose confidently between them without knowing more. That’s …

Storytelling

When Dark and Gritty Is Just Exploitation

­Some weeks ago, the makers of the Game of Thrones TV series, Benioff and Weiss, announced their next project. Titled Confederate, it will feature an …

Game of Thrones

How to Make a Killer Character Sheet

I’m very visually oriented, if you haven’t guessed from the graphics series that appears periodically on this blog. I brainstorm and process stories …

Writing

10 Writing Resources: Fantasy

Even though my debut, <i>The Eleventh Trade</i>, will be a contemporary story, fantasy remains my true love. There’s so much room for exploration, …

Writing

10 Travel-Themed Exercises for Character Chemistry

As you may have gathered, I travel. A lot. So I figured — why not take a look at my travel experiences and see what brought out the biggest …

Travel

Stop Glorifying the First Draft and Finish It

As a mentee for writers, a critique partner, and person who generally has a lot of friends in very different stages of the author business, I end up …

Story Graphics: Theme Collage

Continuing on in my (somewhat infrequent) story graphics series, let’s talk about one of my favorite things to make: Theme collages! These can be a …

Graphics

John Green Talked About The Hardest Part Of Writing A Book, And It's Oddly Inspiring

"The hardest part is accepting when something isn't working, and letting it go, and starting again."<p>You can read the entire AMA thread here.

Authors

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 …

Authors

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 …

Writing