Write Characters In A Representation-Free Zone

Column by Jon Gingerich
October 27, 2011 (6) comments
Many writers eschew compelling characters in favor of mannequin tropes that serve as props for preexisting social messages, or characters a reader can “relate to.” Here’s why it’s always bad writing.

Using Social Networks To Build A Writing Brand, i.e. How To Whore Yourself On Twitter

Column by Rob Hart
October 26, 2011 (6) comments
Social networking is easy if you want to tell people what you had for dinner last night. When you're a writer building a brand, it requires a little more thought--and a lot more dedication.

Three Things the Author of "Gods and Monsters" Learned by Listening to His Students

Column by Christopher Bram
October 26, 2011 (5) comments
Three Things the Author of "Gods and Monsters" Learned by Listening to His Students.

Out of Order: A Discussion of Nonlinear Narrative Structure

Column by Taylor Houston
October 25, 2011 (12) comments
A Discussion of Non-linear Narrative Structure

A Recap Of... The Wicked Universe

Column by Meredith Borders
October 24, 2011 (4) comments
Gregory Maguire's OUT OF OZ takes readers on a journey back down that winding yellow brick road. Need a refresher on the universe before you read it?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should Writers Settle Themselves Into A Single Genre In Order To Be Successfully Published?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
October 24, 2011 (15) comments
Author branding and the outlook for Transgressive fiction are the subjects in the 2nd issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

The Case Against Ebook Self-Publication

Column by Paul Graham Raven
October 21, 2011 (11) comments
Ebook self-publishing is a cop-out, it’s a settling-for-less born of laziness, and - lipstick the pig as much as you like - it’s no different from the self-publishing of old.

Book Brawl: Geek Love vs. Water for Elephants

Column by Meredith Borders
October 21, 2011 (8) comments
'Geek Love' and 'Water For Elephants' each detail the daily lives of circus workers in vastly different ways. What novel will win the coveted honor of literary victor?

Books Without Borders: Life after Liquidation

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
October 20, 2011 (6) comments
Plenty of publishers and booksellers, authors and editors, baristas, retailers, and representatives worked with Borders to stock the shelves, sign books, make deals and jerk lattes. So what now?

Storyville: Finding Your Voice

Column by Richard Thomas
October 19, 2011 (43) comments
Embarking on the quest to find your very own literary voice