Writerlicious

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

StoryPort

Character likability is one of the most important parts of telling a good story. If readers don’t care about your characters, it’s doubtful they will …

Writing

“Write What You Know” is Not Good Writing Advice

You’ve heard it before: Write what you know. I wonder what you think of that, because, frankly, I don’t think much. I’ve been known to pooh-pooh it …

Authors

This dad wrote a book featuring Asian girls after he couldn’t find any for his daughter

If you’re not white, it can be hard to find characters that look like you in movies, on TV, and even in books. Especially children’s books. Which is …

Books

Ranking authors by their adverb use

The famously spare Hemingway used 80 words ending in -ly per 10,000 words of prose; JK Rowling uses 140 adverbs per 10,000 words, and EL James uses …

Paul Krugman

Resistance Narratives: Lidia Yuknavitch on Joan of Arc, Bodies, and Reimagining the Love Story

Sara RauchLidia Yuknavitch’s name has been in my consciousness since 2012, when several of my Pacific Northwest MFA peers and advisors couldn’t stop …

Feminism

Why Story Structure Formulas Don’t Work

Why Story Structure Formulas Don't Work<p><i>This blog post originally appeared on Film Independent’s</i> <i>blog</i> <i>and appears here with the permission of the author.</i><p>…

Storytelling

Dragons Are for White Kids with Money: On the Friction of Geekdom and Race

I love <i>Stranger Things</i>, not just because it is pure nostalgia for the films that helped shaped my early childhood, but for the simple fact that in the …

Dungeons and Dragons

How Amazon, Once Again, Is Driving Down The Value Of Books And Undermining Authors

Third-party sellers can now 'win' the Buy box. Here's what that means.<p>On March 1, while the only people paying real attention were hypervigilant third-party sellers and book geeks on Reddit, Amazon enacted a policy change that allows third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in “new …

Publishing

Amazon’s Taking Another Bite of the Publishing Pie

The Authors Guild is deeply disturbed by Amazon’s new policy of allowing third-party book resellers to claim featured status in the “buy boxes” on …

Publishing

Founder, CEO of Tate Publishing arrested on embezzlement, extortion charges

By Jack Money Business Writer jmoney@oklahoman.comState authorities on Thursday derailed Tate Publishing and Enterprises' plan to resume …

Corruption

JK Rowling's ego akin to Kim Kardashian's, says Joanna Trollope

City of Friends author claims Harry Potter creator’s ‘insatiable desire’ to air opinions on Twitter is threat to literary industry<p>The author Joanna Trollope has criticised JK Rowling, comparing the Harry Potter writer to Kim Kardashian because of her “insatiable” appetite for social media.<p>Trollope …

Harry Potter

Erotica Written By An Alien Horrified By The Human Body

“They mutually thrashed their softest, most vulnerable parts about in a<p>horrifyingnormal attempt to seek pleasure at the other’s expense.”<p>“Their …

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?<p>Pronounce the word <i>artist</i>, to conjure up the image of a solitary genius. A sacred aura still …

Write Like A Painter

Written by Veronica Rossi<p>On May 16th, <i>Seeker</i>, the sequel to <i>Riders,</i> will release. I’m really proud of it, but for part of writing process, I felt …

Artists

How to describe clothing in a story: Creating characters

The clothes a person wears tells us many things: their status in life, for example, or their cultural affiliation or identity. They can tell us what …

Writing

Why Books Go Back: Reasons for Returns

When it comes to books and bookstores, it’s a bit like a revolving door. Books come in, they sit on the shelf, books go out. Oftentimes they get …

Publishing

Granta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” Lists

<i>Granta</i> “best of” issues over the years.Photo illustration by <b>Slate</b>. Covers by <i>Granta</i>. Once upon a time, in 1983 to be precise, a small U.K. literary …

Books

These Books Were Once Considered "Classics" But Are Now Largely Forgotten

The forgotten book that, rediscovered, takes its place among venerated classics is an age-old trend; "Don't call it a comeback," quoth LL Cool J. But …

Literature

10 tweets that reveal the bullshit female writers have to put up with.

Feminism

A plea for reviewers – can we open up a dialogue about self-published books?

So I find a lovely-looking review blog. The posts are thoughtful, fair and seriously considered. I look up the review policy and … it says ‘no …

Books

The Hate U Give Is a Bestselling YA Novel About Police Brutality. It’s Brilliant.

Angie Thomas’ debut Young Adult novel, <i>The Hate U Give</i>, has been at the top of the YA bestseller lists for six weeks. It’s a poignant story told from …

Black Lives Matter

Spectacle and Impostor

America loves ambition. Our national fairy tale stars the bootstrapping dreamer rocketed to prosperity on his own grit and gumption. Recently, …

Books

Write What You Want to Know | creative writing blog

The other day, during my weekly call with my dear writing guru, Andreea, I bemoaned the fact that I hadn’t started planning for NaNoWriMo yet, and …

Writing

How to Copyright a Book Series | Goldman & Minton, P.C.

There is no question about it — we are in the era of binge reading books written by our favorite writers as much as we are in the era of binge …

Publishing

Deconstruction for Writers | creative writing blog

Literary theory (and deconstruction in particular) was one of the most eye-opening and exciting subjects that I studied at university, but I know …

Writing

How to Grow As a Writer | creative writing blog

Writing often feels like taking two steps forward and one step back (or worse, one forward and two back). As if that weren’t hard enough, naysayers …

Writing

The Peril of Being Disbelieved: Horror and the Intuition of Women

There is a woman in a forest. Or maybe on a highway by a cornfield. At the doorway of a condemned building.<p>And she knows that something is wrong.<p>She …

Evil Dead

Four Writers Tell All About Titles

The title of a book, along with maybe the cover, is most often what’s going to lead a potential reader to pick up your baby book. Which isn’t to say …

Yoga

How not to title a novel

Marketing departments seem to have homogenised the business of christening novels. It's enough to give reading a bad name<p>Apparently book titles can't be copyrighted – I was going to call my first tome Confessions of an English Opium Eater, before my advisers counselled against it – which might …