If you worry whether you are too fond of applying abstract standards to life, one good cure, at least for me, is the study of history. It's perhaps easy to feel confused in today's world, to wonder … [Read more...] about An Anarchy of Authors
Fiction does not have the same shape as real life. In real life, if you have a difficulty with your landlord, the conflict rarely builds to a clear and definite resolution; instead, you typically … [Read more...] about Two Problems with Writing Historical Fiction
The online magazine for writers and readers of fiction, Fiction Writers Review, wants to hear your ideas, techniques, and attitudes towards the teaching of fiction. Here's the call for papers, … [Read more...] about Do You Teach Fiction? FWR Wants to Read About It
This essay in the New Yorker, on Stephen King, is excellent. When I first saw that post's title on some other website, I wasn't optimistic, expecting a brief appreciation of King's … [Read more...] about Stephen King doesn’t know how good he is
The introduction to this series is here. But the idea is simple: one quick writing exercise a day for seven days. Post the results in a comment below, or, if you prefer, email them to me (at my name … [Read more...] about Seven days to get writing: day one
Dear readers, I am excited. UPDATE: three days after it was published, the piece has over 900 likes and 100 tweets. Thank you to everyone who has read it. McSweeney's, famous online source of … [Read more...] about McSweeney’s has published my letter to dead authors!