Novelist Hannah Pittard reads her work aloud to establish a graceful rhythm and evocative mood.
“A writer once told me there is only one way to create: as if your life depends on it, which it does.”
We ask three writers which short story has most influenced them.
“My job is to jump through that empathic window and report on the human condition. Period.”
How can you make walk-on characters pop off the page?
Make sure your story gets two paws up.
“I heard that voice, crystal clear in my mind, even before I started writing. Weird.”
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.
Adding references to food can spice up a novel’s characters, setting and plot.
“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.”