Something to Do with Work as Play: David Foster Wallace and “The Nature of the Fun”Kristopher Jansma
I find it remarkably comforting that someone who had recently finished a 1,079 page novel ends up right back where any young student does, trying...
Keeping Up the PaceAlison Gaylin
For every one of my books, there’s been a ‘cut file,’ sometimes hundreds of pages long, of stuff that (much as I may have loved...
Scenes & SummaryPatricia Park
“For years I took the old creative writing adage of ‘show, don’t tell’ to heart. I’d detail every trip my characters took...
An Unfunny Essay About HumorMike Scalise
Very often, the most effective humor in writing doesn’t come from a clever concept, or a turn of phrase, or a one-liner, or a bit of killer dialogue
Say Yes to ObsessionMolly Prentiss
Obsession is a large part of being human, and therefore a large part of writing about being human. As writers, we are taught to write toward our...
How to Steal StuffElizabeth Gaffney
My first theft was almost an accident. It was a pair of clip-on rhinestone earrings, glittery and bright….I put them on…somehow, I...
Writing to the TensionAndrea Chapin
If you have an idea for a short story or a novel and want to get started, write a scene that feels urgent, important, and essential
How Walter White Can Make You a Better WriterMartha Southgate
I’m proud to admit that I was and am an obsessive fan of Breaking Bad. When Walt, Jesse and all their friends left us on that Sunday night three...
Inventing TimeLaura van den Berg
Time frames our experience in the world, yet time is never stable: it is always moving. This morning, I walked my dog from Carroll Gardens to...
Three-Dimensional WritingAlison Gaylin
I love a good suspense story—the type of dark, twisting tale that keeps me on the edge of my seat, turning pages, barely able to wait for what happens next