Daniel Olivas is an attorney and writer based out of Los Angeles. He’s interviewed dozens of Latinx writers over the years and reviewed their books, so we asked him to put together a list of six essential reads that he thought would contribute to any reader’s understanding of – and enjoyment of – Mexican culture.
Introducing a new column dedicated to expanding our notion of craft outside the white Western canon, from the books we read to the prompts we practice. Join us, won’t you?
In our first installment of our brand-new “Beyond the Bookshelves” column, we spoke to author and educator Myriam Gurba about titles, code-meshing, and much, much more.
Thoughts on writing to order.
Build on your strengths.
After reading 500 short stories three times a year, here’s some advice from this side of the editor’s desk.
The first draft of my work-in-progress is 75% cat barf. I can practically hear all of you now, making soothing tut-tut noises designed to make … Read More “From the Front Lines: When is it time to stop researching and start writing?”
As I write, we’re a year into pandemic measures in California, where I live, and we’re pretty close to a year around most of the … Read More “From the Front Lines: Tips for making the the most of a virtual writing conference”
Broadening a reader’s world and brightening any writer’s work.
Read fat, write fat.
Actionable tips for achieving all your writing goals in 2021.
A little shift in consciousness can create life-altering creativity.
Show, don’t tell (and tell and tell).
Paging Dr. Doolittle.
Writing can be great therapy. It just might not be for anyone else’s consumption.
It happens just like this: You are sitting at your keyboard, a lot intimidated by the story or essay you want to write next. You … Read More “From the Front Lines: When should an author write in the second person?”
I still don’t believe “write every day” is great advice. But it can teach you a few things.
Go ahead, tie yourself up in knots.
The joy of KonMari’ing your writerly expectations.
Make blind spots work for you (and your characters).
Why what you believe about yourself may be in your way.
The secret to good writing that never confuses, bores, or leads the reader astray? It’s all in the timing.
Sometimes, good writing is about the pictures.
A handy reference chart for the many forms of dark comedy.
How can writers tell when they’re too close to a subject to write about it?
Dull, flat characters make for boring narratives: here’s how to fix them and prevent your story from flatlining.
Three must-follow guidelines to ensure a successful writing conference.
Titles introduce your work to readers. Here’s how to give them the meaty role they deserve.
Finding a rock on the beach reminds one editor of the importance of specificity and how it raises the emotional stakes.
Introducing the art of loafing.
Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see what your story is REALLY about.
Writing is hard. Writing a full-length manuscript is harder. How can authors stay motivated to reach the finish line?
What can a writer do when she loses her will to write?