The Thirty-Year NovelLeora Skolkin-Smith
As part of surviving the long, lonely hours of writing a novel about madness that I was certain would continue to be rejected by publishers...
Research in Fiction—Necessary But DangerousHelen Benedict
As someone who writes both journalism and fiction, I have often struggled with how to balance research and imagination.
Procrastination and the Necessary FightDani Shapiro
It’s always just me versus me. From the moment I wake up in the morning–pack my son’s lunchbox, scramble a couple of eggs, feed...
On Finding Your MaterialSheila Kohler
Finding our material is one of the most essential parts of our work as writers. It is difficult, first, to find material with heat—dangerous...
What's in a Title?Erika Dreifus
I learned lessons about “quiet” fiction back in 2001, when a literary agent began circulating my first book-length fiction manuscript...
Writers and Self-SabotageBonnie Friedman
I used to induce in myself awful states of envy. It took years to notice what I was doing, though, because it was so counter-intuitive
Getting UnstuckCaroline Leavitt
If you’re a writer, you know the routine. You’re halfway in the middle of your novel or story and suddenly you feel stuck
Huskies, HackneysRoxana Robinson
All the fiction I write arises from the same sort of impulse: it’s a feeling of discomfort, a kind of unspecified anxiety, a need to uncover...
What Do You Call a Text with No Arms and No Legs and No Head?John Madera
Writing, sensu stricto, is also a visual art, and thus, the question of what visual artist or particular work of visual art has provided inspiration...
In Search of the Perfect P.O.V.Pamela Erens
Once upon a time I thought I could learn to write like George Eliot or Henry James. I wanted to be able to say things about my characters like...