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.”
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.
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.
“Each narrative you tell has to discover itself completely anew.”