Writerlicious

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

I Made a Mistake in My Book and the Internet Went Nuts

“Then give it up, give it up,” he said, and turned away from me with a great flourish, in the manner of someone who wants to be alone with his …

Literature

Horizon Zero Dawn, Joss Whedon, and the Problem with "Strong Female Characters"

Over the past weekend it emerged that Joss Whedon, the legendary creator of <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i>, might be a bit of a scumbag. Whedon, who in the …

Feminism

Emotional Etiquette for the Writer Seeking an Agent

Photo credit: namaste04 via Visualhunt / CC BY-NCToday’s guest post is by author Kristen Tsetsi (@ktsetsi).I recently watched Adult World, a movie …

Authors

Troubleshooting for Writers: 7 Questions to Ask When You Lose Desire to Finish Your Book

Today’s guest post is excerpted from <i>Story Sparks</i>, copyright © 2017 by Denise Jaden (@denisejaden), published with permission from New World …

Writer's Block

How to Choose a POV Character

There are many factors to consider and questions to answer when you decide to write a book. What genre and age group do you want to write in? Should …

Writing

How developing a writing habit could help your business

Your Business

Having Trouble With Plot? Look at Your Characters.

It’s become an old adage of writing advice that, in a great story, character and plot are inextricable from one another. Character doesn’t dominate, …

Authors

The truth in fantasy: An interview with Hugo-winning Ottawa writer Amal El-Mohtar

Writer Amal El-Mohtar is back home in Centretown after picking up a prestigious Hugo Award at Worldcon 75, the annual World Science Fiction …

Authors

Here’s Why You Always Seem To Be Inspired With The Best Ideas At The Worst Times

I always find that my best ideas come from the times when I am in my quietest moments. In fact, I make it a point now to mindfully create quiet …

Creativity

'Lazy and sloppy': historical novelist Philippa Gregory's bizarre take on genre writing

In an interview that raised many hackles, Gregory dismissed erotica as ‘pornography’ and crime novel villains as ‘blindingly obvious’ – despite her own novels occupying a distinct genre themselves<p>In a bizarre miscalculation, the historical novelist Philippa Gregory took a sideswipe at the authors …

Books

Interview: Graduate Holly Schofield

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. She …

Authors

8 Myths about Book Sales That Authors Need To Ditch Now

Publishing is an industry in transition. Are you making assumptions based on old truths? Many tenets about book marketing that seemed solid a few …

Publishing

I'm Leaving Kindle Unlimited.

To my loyal Amazon readers, I am so sorry.<p>I'm leaving Kindle Unlimited (KU).<p>Why? <b>Because Amazon isn't paying me fairly</b> any more. They aren't paying …

Publishing

George Saunders: on story

The US writer George Saunders is celebrated both for his masterful prose and empathic storytelling. A MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award …

Storytelling

Ten Great Writers Nobody Reads

No one will read your book.<p>This isn’t an insult. It’s a statistical fact.<p>For an example that’s depressing on many levels, take Bill O’Reilly and …

Literature

INFOGRAPHIC: How the World Reads

A bunch of interesting facts about reading in one handy infographicDid you know that people in India read an average of 10.4 hours a week? Or that …

Infographics

A Story Is Driven By Characters, Not Plot

by Millie Ho Kill the plot-driven story with fire. A plot-driven story sucks. It is not a story but a sequence of events. It is a terrible thing that …

Writing

Sometimes Storytelling Is Just Resource Management

Once upon a time I had a vision in my head of what being an author was like.I imagined that I would wake up at the crack of noon, and I would roll …

Storytelling

Study Proves Literature Has More Swear Words Than Ever Before

Readers are a dadblame heck of a lot more likely to encounter cusses in contemporary booksLady, we can all see what you’re doing. (Credit)Get ready …

Philippa Gregory: By the Book

<i>The author of “The Last Tudor” is no fan of “sloppy genre novels”: “The typing alone is so exhausting — surely if you’re going to undertake 150,000 words, you might as well have something interesting to say?”</i><p><b>What books are on your nightstand now?</b><p>Oh dear, New York Times, I am English. I don’t have a …

Books

Two science-fiction authors say they're being used as proxies in a fandom culture war

But DragonCon has revised its policy, and is allowing authors to withdraw their Dragon Award nominations<p>Last week, the Atlanta-based convention Dragon Con released its ballot of nominees for its second-ever Dragon Awards, a wide-ranging list of novels, comics, and games designed to be “a true …

Science Fiction

PSA To Writers: Don’t Be A Shit-Flinging Gibbon

Here is a thing that sometimes happens to me and other authors who feature a not-insignificant footprint online or in the “industry,” as it were:Some …

Authors

An Outsider’s Perspective on American Literature’s Love Affair with Genre Fiction

I discovered early on that in the Netherlands, we have no tradition of the fantastic in literature. All the cool books in the bookstore, the ones I …

Literature

Never-Fail Formula for Writing a Book That Won’t Become a Bestseller

Blogger: Cynthia RuchtiMaybe it’s not discussed often enough in writers’ circles. We talk about what we can do to ready our work for a publisher’s …

Writing

How to Construct a 3D Main Character

Have you ever read something and about 50 pages into it, you’re just not feeling the main character? You’re either not invested in her conflict or …

Writing

How to Use Subplots to Bring Your Whole Story Together

Just like in real life, your characters will have more than one thing demanding their time and attention. Romances, family life, work concerns, …

Writing

Go Ahead and Use "Literally" Figuratively

Steven Pinker, the famous linguist who’s not Noam Chomsky, doesn’t think using “literally” figuratively is all that bad. “The figurative use doesn’t …

Noam Chomsky

Writers, Protect Your Inner Life

<i>This essay is adapted from remarks Lan Samantha Chang gave at the 2017 One Story</i> <i>Debutante Ball.</i>While chatting with a dear non-writer friend of mine, …

Ivy League

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter

<i>The Black Witch</i>, a debut young-adult fantasy novel by Laurie Forest, was still seven weeks from its May 1 publication date, but positive buzz was …

Racism