Authors

How to Write a Great Letter, According to One of History’s Best Correspondents

For centuries, biographers have been able to rely on a priceless resource when it comes to 18th, 19th and 20th century figures: their subjects’ …

Literature

Writing (and not writing) during a political maelstrom

In 1987, when I was finishing my undergrad degree at UC Berkeley, Ross Thomas came to town to give a reading. Thomas was one of my idols, a spy novelist whose intricate, hilarious plots featured world-weary political fixers, career double agents and titles that seem less dreamed up than stewed in …

Writing

Q&A with ‘300 Arguments’ author Sarah Manguso

Discipline, pleasure, and arguments with a beginning, middle, and end<p><i>by Daley Farr</i><p><i>Photo by Andy Ryan</i><p>“I like writing that is unsummarizable, a kernel …

Books

Ian Rankin on Rebus and the dark side of Edinburgh

No-one imagined that Detective Sergeant John Rebus would have a literary life beyond the 1987 novel Knots and Crosses.<p>Thirty years on his creator, …

Writing

Remove Everything That Has No Relevance to the Story

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Books

Writing Fiction: A Good Story Must Be Disturbing

As David Mamet once said to me, “If Hamlet comes home from school, and his dad asks him how school was, and Hamlet says, ‘It was fine, Dad,’ it’s …

Writing

The Silent Corner (Signed Book)

• Overview<br>• Editorial Reviews<br>• Product Details<br>• Related Subjects<br>• Meet the author<p>Overview<p><b>A dazzling new series, a pure adrenaline rush, debuts with a</b> …

Dean Koontz

Using writing exercises to craft lyrics

By Disc Makers' Author Bob BarrickNobody is born a poet. Creative writing workshops are filled with aspiring Dickinsons and Whitmans suffering …

Writing

Hemingway to Capote: Watching our favourite writers come to life on screen

Films often take the low-key life of a writer and turn it into something exciting

Literature

Billy Collins’s Advice to Writers

“Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration.”<p>Every once in a while, amid the serious and often stern prose comprising the canon of great writers’ advice on writing, there glimmers an offering of wisdom no less weighty yet delivered with wondrous levity.<p>A generation after Charles Bukowski penned his …

Poetry

10 Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 1

• Write every chance you get. Write every day if you can. You should be thinking about writing or actually writing whenever you can.<p>Reading is so …

Writing

Virginia Woolf: There Are Way Too Many Personal Essays Out There

Every now and again, an article appears on the internet that stops the literary world in its tracks, filling up Facebook and Twitter timelines with …

Writing

We Didn't Expect These to Be the Most Popular Stephen King Book Quotes

Whether you've been a lifelong Stephen King fan or you're just now getting around to checking out some of his timeless (and usually terrifying) …

Writing

Never Write a Novel With an En-dash in the Title

Never write a novel with an en-dash in the title. You’ll finally learn the alt code, after months of searching “en-dash” in another tab and copying …

Publishing

Kate Southwood on Why Literary Fiction Still Matters in the Age of Netflix

<b>Holly Robinson:</b> We don’t often find main characters like Margaret Maguire (widowed, elderly, and unlikable) in novels. How did her voice come to you, …

Writing

How Kurt Vonnegut is helping migrants in Singapore

Hundreds are finding their voice in creative-writing classes<p>By law, domestic workers in Singapore are entitled to one day off per week. Many spend it …

Kurt Vonnegut

Your Writing Platform: Letting Readers Know the (Sort of) Real You

A woman once drove more than 100 miles to meet me at a book signing. She carried with her copies of every novel I’d written, along with a special …

Writing

Sci-Fi Novella Reviews, DISPLACED and BRISK MONEY

I love the increasing accessibility of novellas via ebook these days. Two in the science-fiction genre I’ve read recently are <b>Displaced</b> <b>by J F Slade</b> …

Books

How to Write an Academic Book

A book review is a formal piece of writing that critically evaluates a particular book or source of information. The review may also explain how that …

Publishing

China Miéville novelizes the Russian Revolution in October

<b>October</b> <b><br>By China Mieville</b> <b><br>Verso</b> <b><br>384 pp; $35.99</b><p>China Miéville is one of those fiction writers whose multivalent imagination – with its monsters, …

Books

Writing just happens, says Author Nikita Singh as she launches book No. 10 at 25

<b>BDC News</b><p>By Somrita Ghosh<b><br>New Delhi, May 23</b> “Whenever I have a story, I write it.” So says Nikita Singh, best-selling author in the romance genre. And …

Writing

Any Idiot Can Write A Book | Nell Stevens

In my first year as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick, the English Department secretary circulates an ‘<i>opportunity</i>’. A production company …

Great Books

'War Of The Roses' Author, Now 89, Weighs In On 23 Myths And Stereotypes On Aging

(This is the last in a two-part series on Warren Adler, his attitudes toward ageism and of the importance of never allowing oneself to lose the creative impulse in the face of aging or rejection. Part one can be found here.)<p>Nearing his ninetieth year, Warren Adler has shown he has staying power. …

15th century

Stephen King loads 'Gwendy's Button Box' with scares

Gwendy's Button Box<p>by Stephen King<p>(Cemetery Dance Pubns)<p>in Fiction<p>Buy Now<p>Buy Now<br>• Amazon<br>• Barnes & Noble<br>• Google Play<br>• iBooks<br>• Indiebound<br>• Kobo<br>• Zola<p>USA TODAY Rating<p>Stephen King takes a trip back to Castle Rock in his new novella <i>Gwendy’s Button Box</i> (Cemetery Dance Publications, 180 pp., *** out of four stars), a …

Writing

White Author: Editor Told Me My Fictional Book Shouldn’t Have a Black Protagonist Because I’m White

So all his protagonists will now be 62-year-old white Jewish men.<p>Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz is claiming that an editor warned him against …

Conservative POV

Denise Mina: Telling the True Crime Stories of Gritty Glasgow

“Alternative points of view, that’s what I’m really interested in,” says Scottish crime-fiction writer Denise Mina. “When I look at my career it …

Writing

6 questions for The Nix author Nathan Hill

The novelist discusses his 600-plus-page debut at the Margaret Mitchell House<p>Photograph (c) Michael Lionstar<p>When Nathan Hill’s 640-page debut, <i>The …

Books

How I Got My Agent: Author Michael Haspil

I dreamed of being a writer for most of my life and, although I had undertaken efforts in screenwriting, it wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to …

Publishing

The Writer’s Process

Hmm, what’s my process? Funny, I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me that before. I don’t really have a “process,” per se, just a simple routine that I meticulously follow every day like a disciplined genius robot.<p>I usually wake up around 5 or 5:05 A.M., and get out of bed immediately. I do not …

Humor