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
How to Get Out of the Slush PileDawn Raffel
Here’s a literary puzzle: Inboxes all over the world are filled to virtually bursting, yet editors and agents frequently lament (in private)...
Playing With StatusJudy Sternlight
As an independent developmental editor who specializes in fiction, I help writers to fine-tune their novels. Sometimes a central character needs...
How to Start Your NovelDavid Gordon
Of course there is no one way. When it comes to writing, my motto is “whatever gets me to the next page,” but page one is often the hardest
Dialogue or Conversation?Jason Starr
I learned a lot about crime fiction writing in an odd place—the theater. While I was completing my MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College, I...