Colum McCann shares expertise on the necessity of plot, intensity of language and the grand paradox of success.
“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.”
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.
For five seasons, Vince Gilligan has channeled his inner monster to terrify TV audiences. As the series ends, he reflects on the process of raising hell and retiring a hit show.
Cathie Pelletier began her latest novel The One-Way Bridge in 1991, when she was living in Nashville, Tenn. I was a waiter at the Fifth Quarter restaurant there at the time, and that’s about when we met. A Maine native, Pelletier moved to Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University and decided to hang around for the …
Novelist Amish Tripathi meant to spend his career as a mathematician. But the numbers added up to a writer’s life.
“It’s really not the writing that takes me a long time; it’s the ideation, and the underlying architecture that has to feel solid before I can even start cloaking it in words.”
“Writing has become for me a type of meditation, that hour or two that I spend in the mornings every day. I wouldn’t want to give that up even if I couldn’t publish books or I had never sold my book.”
In her debut novel, Vaddey Ratner looks to her personal memories about fleeing the Khmer Rouge and to creative spirit as an artist to honor the lives of the fallen.
The novelist talks about developing character, crafting stories and the passion necessary for both.