Mark Guerin

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How To Write Unpredictable Stories

When I read a book or watch a movie, I always try to figure out what is going to happen. For me, the most enjoyable stories keep me guessing right up …

Fiction Tips: Kill Your Backstory

Let’s look at some fiction tips which will help you to write a successful novel.<p>Writing fiction is huge fun, especially since you don’t need to write …

Paris Review - Edna O’Brien, The Art of Fiction No. 82

Interviewed by Shusha Guppy<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>© Edna O'Brien.<p>Edna O’Brien was born in the west of Ireland in a small village she describes as “enclosed, fervid, and bigoted.” Literature was taboo, and those books that penetrated the parish were loaned by the page. O’Brien’s father was a farmer …

A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your …

Creative Writing

Paris Review - Isak Dinesen, The Art of Fiction No. 14

Interviewed by Eugene Walter<p>Issue 14, Autumn 1956<p>Illustration by Michael Batterberry, 1956.<p>It was, in a sense, type-casting when a few years ago a film was planned that would have shown us Garbo playing the role of Isak Dinesen in a screen version of <i>Out of Africa,</i> for the writer is, like the …

‘Murder, She Read!’ Taking A Deep Dive Into Mystery With Nielsen

Do We Have A Clue What’s Happening In Mystery/Crime Reading?<p><i>Their safe and secure lives rocked by a shocking revelation!</i> <i><br>Their routines turned upside</i> …

8 Authors Whose Biggest Successes Came After The Age of 50

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

How Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith Use Technology: An Excerpt From ‘Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors’

Need a hit of inspiration? In Sarah Stodola‘s fascinating new book <i>Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors</i>, we see what drives genius. Whether …

3 Must Have Apps for Authors

When I first started writing stories, poetry, and (attempts) at novels (I’m still actively attempting btw), I thought the act of creation all came …

Paying tribute to his genius at the annual Douglas Adams lecture, writer explains how meeting the Hitchhiker’s Guide author at 22 changed his life<p>Douglas Adams described the first ebooks “long before most commuter trains were filled with people reading them”, according to his fellow novelist Neil …

Books

Akhil Sharma: 'I didn't know how to have an ordinary life'

Novelist Akhil Sharma tells Gaby Wood why his first response to winning the 2015 Folio Prize was not joy but shame<p>Akhil Sharma’s deadpan autobiographical novel, <b>Family Life,</b> ends with a kind of beginning. The narrator has taken his beautiful new girlfriend to a resort hotel. As they lounge by the …

Author throws spotlight on China's 'hidden Holocaust'

Yan Lianke writer says his latest novel is an attempt to rescue the memory of an event Beijing has tried to airbrush from history<p><b>China</b>must revisit the “unimaginable” horrors of its Great Famine or risk facing a similar calamity in the future, one of its most outspoken authors has warned.<p>Yan Lianke, …

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Why Bodhidharma Still Matters.

Bodhidharma was the 28th successor of the Buddha in the Ch’an tradition.<p>He traveled from India to China in the sixth century. When he arrived he saw …

Meditation