146 articles found

How to start a story in 5 steps

Go ahead, get on the clock: A veteran novelist and teacher offers you a proven 5-step plan for starting a piece of fiction. It works for beginners and experienced writers alike.

By John Smolens | Published: November 26, 2015

Flynn Meaney: Writers on Writing

“If you can come up with some elaborate descriptive phrase or musical combination of words no one else could possibly come up with, congratulations. But that doesn’t mean you should use it.”

By Gabriel Packard | Published: November 19, 2015

Ruth Reichl: Dig in

Ruth Reichl’s memoirs read like narrative fiction. Now her first novel is on the way.

By Christine Clark | Published: November 18, 2015

Tim O’Brien: The things he carries

For Tim O’Brien, the Vietnam War has remained a crucible in his fiction, but the power of imagination and memory, and ‘our elusive interior worlds,’ loom large too.

By Jack Smith | Published: November 10, 2015

Hannah Moskowitz on the edge

A young author puts more “A” than “Y” in her YA stories and comes up with an approach that works for teens.

By Sharon Naylor | Published: November 4, 2015