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Alexander Maksik on character and point of view

An author makes many choices before settling into his or her novel’s voice and characters. We asked Maksik to uncover his process for pinning down those sometimes elusive concepts.

By Megan Kaplon | Published: September 30, 2013

Character profile

If you’re stuck developing a character, don the journalist hat and set up an interview – with your character.

By Patrick Scalisi | Published: September 30, 2013

How to structure a premise for stronger stories

“A big-city copy moves to a small coastal town…” Developing a carefully structured premise can arm you with a strong story and a solid pitch line. It’s something agents can sink their “jaws” into.

By Jeff Lyons | Published: September 1, 2013

A.M. Homes: Writers on Writing

“The most important thing I’ve learned is to stay curious, to stay open to what the characters bring to the story – don’t be overly determined to control the story but rather let it evolve organically.”

By Gabriel Packard | Published: July 17, 2013

Alice Hoffman: How I Write

While studying for her master’s degree at Stanford University, Alice Hoffman was approached by Ted Solotaroff, founder of American Review literary journal, and she quickly learned two cardinal rules of publication: Write often and write fast.

By Hillary Casavant | Published: July 17, 2013

Not for robots

In a technological world, let us not forget that behind every virtuoso work is a human – and some sweat.

By Cynthia Joyce | Published: July 17, 2013