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

I'm A Teenager And I Don't Like Young Adult Novels. Here's Why.

I know it's an extremely unpopular opinion.<p>This doesn’t mean that I’ve never read a YA book that I enjoyed. Some of my favorite books fall under the YA genre. But to be honest, I don’t typically like reading young adult novels.<p>Let me just say, this is NOT because I think YA isn’t real literature. I …

Teens

Erotica publisher, author charged after manipulating book s...

GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Johnstown woman who publishes and writes romance novels is facing nearly two dozen charges after altering her …

The Madwoman’s Outlining Technique

Since my WIP, <i>Illuminate</i>, is also the thesis project for my graduate program, I don’t have as much time as I’m used to for fiddling around and …

5 Ways to Avoid Infodumping

I primarily enjoy writing (and reading) fantasy. It’s wonderful when your head is full of another world, with all the culture and worldbuilding …

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

Lessons From the Bad Writing of The Mortal Instruments

Sitting before me is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, the first book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments series. I don’t know anything about the …

Ten Ways to Switch Up Your Sentences

If your sentences are too similar, your paragraphs will feel weird and clunky. But when writing fiction, it’s surprisingly easy to end up with …

Writing

The Four Critical Elements That Make Stories Popular

Storytellers spend so much time focusing on plot, characters, and setting, that it’s easy to forget those are just means to an end. For most …

Storytelling

Six Reasons You Shouldn’t Enter Writing Contests

Writing contests seem so flashy and cool. They promise big prizes and publishing deals, and surely your story is good enough to win, right? Entering …

Publishing

How to Describe Character Hands

You can reveal a great deal about who your characters are and how they are feeling by describing a feature of that person. Knowing how to describe …

Writing

Why bad sex is an international language

Erri De Luca’s The Day Before Happiness is the first translated novel to win. But has a prize designed to ridicule high-profile literary novelists outlived its purpose?<p>Opening up and novelty have been the themes of an autumn awards season rich in firsts: first US author (Paul Beatty) winning the …

Books

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

Writing an affecting novel: Examples of tone and mood

Tone and mood are two powerful elements of writing that affect how readers feel. Tone tells us a lot about characters – a protagonist whose tone is …

Writing

The Creeping Resurgence of Literary Horror: Six Places to Start

One could convincingly argue that horror with a literary spin on it has increased its profile in recent years, with writers like Victor LaValle, …

Books

Why Was 2006 Such An Epic Year for Epic Fantasy?

If you’re a fantasy reader (and, if you’re reading this, I suspect you are), 2006 was a vintage year. One for the ages, like 2005 for Bordeaux, or …

RPGs

“Lordy,” “No Fuzz,” “Meddlesome Priest”: A Glossary of James Comey’s Charming Colloquialisms

James Comey.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Former FBI director James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was …

James Comey

6 Times Literary Works Were Stolen

Last month, a short, untitled prequel to the <i>Harry Potter</i> series was stolen in a home burglary in Birmingham, England. Handwritten on two sides of a …

Cool Stuff

Salon’s author questionnaire: 7 things you didn’t know about 5 writers

Salon talks to Christopher Bollen, Gabe Habash, Jennifer Kitses, Catherine Lacey and Pamela Paul<p>For June, I posed a series of questions—with, as always, a few verbal restrictions—to five authors with new books: Christopher Bollen (“The Destroyers”), Gabe Habash (“Stephen Florida”), Jennifer Kitses …

Books

One hard-won rule about fandom: never, ever meet the wizard

I’ve been in fandom for over thirty years, and in that time, I’ve had only one hard-won rule about it: Never, ever meet the wizard.<p>Actors are always …

Fanfiction

How to Create When You’re Just Not Feeling It

It’s not uncommon in any field to find yourself in a creative rut at some point. In this 10-minute video, photographer Sean Tucker discusses how he …

Creativity

Bob Dylan Finally Delivers His Nobel Acceptance Speech

Bob Dylan finally presents his Nobel prize acceptance speech.<br>Read More

Literature

Baileys Prize: Naomi Alderman wins for 'shocking' sci-fi novel The Power

<b>Naomi Alderman has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her feminist sci-fi novel The Power.</b><p>Her book envisages a world in which women have developed the ability to give electric shocks at will.<p>The chair of this year's judges, Tessa Ross, praised Alderman's "brilliantly imagined dystopia, …

Books

The Best Book Writing Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

A few months ago, I traveled home for the holidays. This time was filled with loud family political rants and way too many sugar cookies. I had an …

Authors

Apocalyptic Stuff to Read Now That 'The Leftovers' Is Finished

From bubonic plagues to a world without men, here are some of the best books about the end of times.<p><i>The Leftovers</i> wrapped up its third and final season on Sunday, bringing an end to one of the most beautiful and strangest shows on television. The HBO show's first season—adapted from Tom Perrotta's …

Books

The Horror Story We All Know

So two guys are walking across the moors.Yeah, you’ve heard this one.Couple of young Americans are backpacking through Europe, and they duck in out …

Little Red Riding Hood

Novel structure: 7 Tips for Structuring Your Book Well

Understanding how to structure a novel makes your story easier and more satisfying to read. Good structure creates plot clarity and cohesion. Read 7 …

Writing

On WisCon, and Who Is Allowed To Feel Welcome

Before WisCon I was having a conversation with a person who used to come to the con but does not, anymore. I asked why and they said, “WisCon isn’t …

Feminism

Hunter S. Thompson Typed Out The Great Gatsby & A Farewell to Arms Word for Word: A Method for Learning How to Write Like the Masters

The word <i>quixotic</i> derives, of course, from Miguel Cervantes’ irreverent early 17th century satire, <i>Don Quixote</i>. From the novel’s eponymous character it …

Literature

Sometimes, Horror is the Only Fiction That Understands You

“I don’t trust people who look back on high school with fondness; too many of them were part of the overclass, those who were taunters instead of …

Stephen King