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

How celebrity deals are shutting children's authors out of their own trade | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

From The Guardian:<p>Another day, another celebrity announces they are to “pen” a children’s book. Already this week, Jamie Lee Curtis has announced a …

How Readers Discover Books

This is going to be one long post! I tried to organize the answers to my survey, “How Do You Discover Books” in a way that will be most useful, but, …

Publishing

5 Reasons Fellow Writers Are Essential to Your Writing Life

We writers are often advised to “find our tribe,” to reach out, to network, to put ourselves out there. But I sometimes get the sense that many …

Publishing

Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better

Trending<p>4 Days Ago<p><b>Starting off a new book is no mean feet. Some people recommend you something that you might want to read and usually say the same</b> …

Neil Gaiman

What Book Lovers Lose If We Lose The NEA and NEH

By now, it’s become accepted that budgets are moral documents. They make explicit the priorities of a given organization or, in the case of President …

Education

Writing is Hard: Redemption Arcs for Racist Characters

I wasn’t going to write about the Black Witch. And I’m still not going to write about it (if you’re curious about the book you can check out …

Racism

Mastering Narration: 5 Purposeful Examples of Narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show …

Literature

External and Internal Conflict in Writing

Conflict is a key ingredient of an engrossing story. ‘Internal conflict’ and ‘external conflict’ are two terms you’ll often hear when people discuss …

Storytelling

Finding the message in your writing

Finding the message in your writing is a necessary but challenging step in the writing process. How do you find and make the most of message, theme …

Storytelling

5 Ways to Start a Story (with Examples)

Great authors show us there are many ways to start a story. You could begin a novel with a narrator/character introducing himself, like Salinger’s …

Storytelling

5 Theme Examples: How to Develop Story Themes

The recurring ideas or broad themes of books give variety, depth and a sense of unity or cohesion. Theme examples from literature show us how authors …

Literature

Capturing “Take” for the Dictionary

Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. <i>From the book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, available now. Copyright 2017 by Kory Stamper.</i> …

Language

The Messy, Fascinating Life of “the Greatest Writer in England”

“Why should anyone be interested in my boring, alienated, marginal, messy life?” the British writer Angela Carter replied when approached with the …

Literature

How Working at a Bookstore Changed My Writing Career

I was one of those regulars who lingered too long at the counter, but I was excited like everyone else in North Brooklyn that there was a new …

Publishing

How to Use The Power of Storytelling to Connect With Your Audience

Did you know a healthy adult takes 12 to 16 breaths in one minute?<p>But have you ever thought about what can actually happen online in this single …

Storytelling

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest …

Man Booker Prize

13 Works Of Fiction In Translation Nominated For The Man Booker International Prize

1 'Compass' by Mathias Énard, translated by Charlotte Mandell (France)<p>Mathias Énard’s Prix Goncourt-winning novel, <i>Compass</i>, is a reflection on the …

Man Booker Prize

Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

Back in the olden days, there were only like three types of book: 1) epic poetry, 2) Latin prose, and 3) ancient Greek plays where the gods were …

Barnes & Noble

A Crash Course in Flash Fiction

When I ask my friends why they read fiction, again and again they say it’s because they want to be swallowed up by new realities, to build empathy …

Literature

A Very Good List Of Vital Writing Advice -- Do Not Ignore!

back off man i’m a word scientist<p>Hello, America. I am the Internet’s Chuck Wendig, and contrary to what I usually do on this here Website, I’m going …

What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story?

Through many years of researching stories from all over the world and through my own communities, which I have always felt I had to do to understand …

Australia

Should A Writer Get An English Degree, Yes Or No?

This is apparently a question, so I will attempt to address it.<p>I have no idea what you should or should not do. Every writer tends to carve their own …

Literature

15 Books That Healed My Anxiety — From Someone Who Hated Reading

15 Books That Healed My Anxiety — From Someone Who Hated Reading<p><b>If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what</b> …

Self-improvement

Books and the Bully Pulpit: What the World Is Reading and Why

The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin<p>Beginning with the annexation of Crimea and the support of the Assad Regime in Syria and continuing through allegations of hacking and attempts to influence the 2016 election, Russia – and Vladimir Putin specifically – has been on the minds of many Americans. This …

Literature

The Allure of the Red Dress

A dress the color of ripeness, of warning, of danger, of invitation. It’s cut in a way that beckons the eye, but it skims the edge of probability—how …

Fashion

Six Tips for Challenging Bigotry With Your Work

Storytelling has a long legacy of fighting for justice, and speculative fiction is no exception. Franchises like Star Trek and Discworld have …

Five Cases of Unfulfilled Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is used to either make something more believable or to increase tension. In the former, the foreshadowing makes it seem more likely …

Comics

Devising Conflict Between Protagonists

Conflicts within Team Good allow us to develop characters while adding excitement to scenes. However, most good guys have every reason to stay on …

Star Trek

Lessons From the Sloppy Writing of The Tommyknockers

It’s time to tear apart The Tommyknockers, written by the venerable Stephen King and published in 1987. In his long and prolific history of writing, …

Popular Fiction