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When Times Are Hard, Pick Up These Works of Literature

If life is a constant series of obstacles, the key is not how to struggle against them. Rather, you should become so tough that you don't break if you are crushed beneath the weight. Look to literature for characters who face their battles with admirable traits which help them cope. Start first …

Nobel Laureate Alice Munro on the Secret of a Great Story

The question of what makes a great story has occupied the minds of some of our most celebrated storytellers. Kurt Vonnegut had his eight tips and Barnaby Conrad his six, Ken Burns devised a formula, and John Steinbeck defied the very notion of such formulas. A good story, nonetheless, is hardly a …

The essentials of writing crime fiction

Solve the mystery of how to write gripping crime fiction with a two-day investigation into the genre led by top authors<p>Everybody loves a good, juicy murder. So it's little wonder crime fiction is one of the UK's bestselling literary genres. Whether your tastes tend toward the gritty Jack Reacher …

How I Use Scrivener To Organize My Book Writing

Having traditionally published two books (and being in process with my third), I field a lot of questions from writers about how I manage my book …

Hear Allen Ginsberg’s Short Free Course on Shakespeare’s Play, The Tempest (1980)

Ginsberg Class One<p>Ginsberg Class Two<p>Like so many great poets, Allen Ginsberg composed extemporaneously as he spoke, in erudite paragraphs, reciting …

10 Of The Most Bizarre Books Ever Written

If literary history teaches us one thing, it’s that people were just as confused and immature in the Middle Ages as they are now. From unsolvable …

Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days

Alas, there are but 24 hours in a day.<p>And when you have a seemingly insurmountable load of work, it can be a quite a challenge to even know where to start. But remember that history's most legendary figures -- from Beethoven to Beyonce -- had just as little (or just as much) time as you have.<p>Using …

The Intentional Writer: Finding the Time, Space, and Inspiration You Need to Write

Shares 636<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You Ours

Back in 2011 we featured astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's list of the books "every single intelligent person on the planet" should read. His …

Lists of the Best Sentences — Opening, Closing, and Otherwise — in English-Language Novels

I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.<p>— James …

Life Is Short, Proust Is Long

Of all the forms of entertainment, reading is the most laborious. Doing the voices of fictional characters in your head is hard. Remembering their names is also hard. Prolonged sitting, we are told, is as bad for us as smoking. Reading is abysmally sedentary. All motion is confined to the eyes, and …

Kazuo Ishiguro to publish first novel since Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade, The Buried Giant, will be released next March, his publisher Faber & Faber has announced.<p>The book will be the first from the acclaimed author since 2005's Never Let Me Go, an unsettling examination of hope and mortality set in a dystopian near future.<p>The …

Stephen King: How I wrote Carrie

While he was going to college my brother Dave worked summers as a janitor at Brunswick High. For part of one summer I worked there, too. One day I was supposed to scrub the rust-stains off the walls in the girls' shower. I noticed that the showers, unlike those in the boys' locker room, had chrome …

Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate

The digital revolution is going into a decline, Tim Waterstone told the Oxford literary festival. Well, it's an attention-grabbing statement, ideally suited to our culture of assertive headlines, but it's probably not true. That's not to say that the rapid growth of digital will necessarily …

Lessons from Stephen King and “Valley of the Dolls”: Reading 100 years of bestsellers

<b>Stephen King (AP/Francois Mori)</b><p>What the most popular books of the past century taught one writer about America’s strange taste in fiction<p>Laura Miller<p>April 2, 2014 11:52pm (UTC)<p>When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes | Writer's Digest

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. …

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Raymond Chandler & Ian Fleming in Conversation (1958)

We take you back to 1958 when Ian Fleming, creator of the great spymaster character James Bond, meets up with Raymond Chandler, America's foremost …

Read Ulysses Seen, A Graphic Novel Adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses

You've started reading <i>Ulysses</i>, James Joyce's modernist classic, and never quite made it the whole way through. Sound familiar? You're in good company.<p>…

The Books You Think Every Intelligent Person Should Read: Crime and Punishment, Moby-Dick & Beyond (Many Free Online)

While I normally try not to get involved with comments on web sites (you know what I mean), I'd rather get involved with the comments of some web …

9 Key Elements Of Great Endings For Books And Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.

After a reader finishes a book or a short story, it’s often the ending that resonates most strongly. In some ways, the whole book is about its …

Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Deadlines are a fact of life for writers. And sometimes it’s hard to stay sane when you’re facing a tight deadline (or two or three…). Whether it’s a …

How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Writers of ages past produced their masterworks without a computer, or even a typewriter, for centuries. Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare—each made …

Your Character's Flaw is His Greatest Strength

Last weekend I attended the Washington Romance Writers annual retreat and, in addition to having a fulfilling and inspiring experience, I actually …

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