William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. To celebrate his 450th birthday this month, we asked seven scholars and novelists what writers can learn from reading the Bard.
Anita Shreve wrote nine drafts of her latest novel, Stella Bain, before it was published. With persistence and passion, she saw the book through to its end, an approach that has paid off throughout her 24 years as a novelist. Time and again, her novels demonstrate how dynamic characters and complex plots can bridge the gap between mainstream and literary.
During the endless weeks of March, writers face roadblocks in their work, whether it’s a problem story, a silent muse or a creative slump. These novelists, nonfiction writers and poets share how they power through the rough patches in chilly times.
“Revision is where the magic happens. I try to get through a first draft quickly (though not quick enough), so I can massage it and make it work.”
Facebook can motivate users to build a diverse writing community, sharpen their skills as an editor and stretch as a writer.
A writing coach offers tips for finishing your work.
What books do you turn to for guidance? And what books are you missing?
John Katzenbach on writing suspense: Who do you kill? Where do you put the bodies? Who are you as a writer?
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s time for some good old-fashioned love advice. Six romance novelists spill their quick and dirty secrets.
How far would you go online to find love (and stories)?