Plot and PacingSimon Van Booy
For an author’s first book, I would suggest adhering to a basic plot structure, then deviating where and if it feels right
Research Your LifeAlexander Chee
You know the least about your life precisely because, for living in it, you might barely notice it. You are from a place and you believe you know...
Tumbling Down a Hill in a House That is On FireDuane Swierczynski
The best bit of that advice, and one I would take to heart as a novelist, is the idea of keeping your readers off kilter whenever possible
The Truth About Writer’s BlockDawn Raffel
I’ve never been a wake-up-at-five-in-the-morning-and-write-every-day kind of gal. I have nothing but admiration for people with that seat-of-the-pants-to-the-chair...
For Shame!Stefan Merrill Block
I didn’t discover serious graphic novels until my early twenties, and—as much as I enjoy them now—the form is freighted for me with envy and regret
You’ve got the words. They’re swirling around in your head all day – all night for the more unfortunate among us
All the Pointers, None of the IntimidationPatrick Ryan
Workshops are like relationships in many respects: they can be healthy or unhealthy, productive or unproductive, a fusing of minds or a battle of egos
On De-Purpling Your ProseCourtney Zoffness
It’s natural to remember your first attempts at fiction with a combination of wistfulness and shame. Sometimes I think about mine, an international...
The Red BandanaAnn Packer
I’ve recently finished a novel—truly finished, as in it’s departed copyediting and headed for page proofs—and I find myself in a familiar...
One Thing I Never Learned in WorkshopVictor Lavalle
A few days later he called me up. He sounded dazed. He’d been writing his script and quickly noticed a pattern. In the first panel his characters...