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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

Elizabeth Strout is there

Although she has lived in New York City for most of her life, Elizabeth Strout looks to her home state of Maine for stories. Turns out, you can get there from here.

By Jack Smith | Published: August 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

Sorkinese

Take a tip from Aaron Sorkin. Be bold. You may even get a language named after you.

By Kinney Littlefield | Published: July 1, 2013