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Gifts for you

’Tis the season for gift giving. We asked six authors with recently published novels to offer tips – as gifts to aspiring writers.

Published: November 1, 2013

Jesmyn Ward: Structure and Memoir

Ward found out the hard way that writing memoir is a very different experience from creating fiction, and that it is something she’ll never attempt again. Memoirists and novelists alike will find something of value in Ward’s thoughts on her latest work.

By Megan Kaplon | Published: October 29, 2013

Bill Cheng: Chapter One

Bill Cheng, author of “Southern Cross the Dog,” chats about writing first chapters and how the rhythm and themes in the first chapter continue throughout the novel.

By Megan Kaplon | Published: October 1, 2013

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