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.
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.
The bestselling author of Rules of Civility reveals his writing process.
Screenwriter Callie Khouri looks for the story in the score and scripts of the hit TV show Nashville.
“I’m one of those people who was born wanting to tell stories.”
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.
Take a tip from Aaron Sorkin. Be bold. You may even get a language named after you.
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.