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In this clip, BookBaby president Brian Felsen speaks with author Angela James about which components make or break romance fiction. James believes that too much attention paid to secondary characters detracts from the narrative. Romance derives its power from the close exploration of the emotional journey of one or two main characters.
Aaron, Jason : “If you want to be a writer, then just be a writer. Be one every day, all day.” Adams, Franklin P. : "Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were..." Aciman, André : "Writing opens up a parallel universe into which, one by one, we’ll move all of our...”
South African novelist Lauren Beukes enjoys writing. And it shows in every word and on every page of her fiction. "It's a great privilege to be able to play, to make up stuff, to see where it takes me," Beukes said. "I love the craft and assembly of it. I love how type on a page can carry you into someone's head, transport you somewhere unexpected. I love subverting language to my own diabolical purposes, making interesting things happen in the spaces between the words, in how something is said or in what's left unspoken."
When an editor mentioned that An Irishwoman’s Tale contained literary elements, I cringed. Should my debut novel be tossed in the recycling bin? Should I hold down the “delete” button until “those elements” disappeared? What were literary elements, anyway?
I knew from very early childhood that I wanted to be a novelist but for a number of reasons I did not begin writing my first novel, , until I was in my late thirties. It was accepted by the first publisher to whom it was sent and was published in 1962. I began with a detective story because:
Vingt règles pour le crime d'auteur Article de S.S. Van Dine publié en septembre 1928 dans L'American magazine 1.
U PDATE: See the end of this post for a complete list of recommendations given by the wonderful readers here at Write It Sideways. Here’s an email I got yesterday: I was wondering if you had any suggestions on books I should buy as a reader who wants to become a writer. The library close to me doesn’t have a very good selection so I’m hoping to buy these books, which limits me to about four. Do you have any books that you think I should have right now as opposed to later? I feel this reader’s pain.
[When researching your novel], reading has its advantages, but it has limitations as well. You can’t ask a book a question. It won’t bring up information you didn’t think to ask. It can’t clarify anything. A real person, on the other hand, instantly overcomes these limitations and may even hand you information you didn’t realize you needed.
In our society, the study of language and literature is the domain of poets, novelists, and literary critics. Language is considered a decorative art, fit for entertainment and culture, but practically useless in comparison to the concrete sciences. Just look at the value of a college degree in English versus one in computer science or accounting. But is this an accurate assessment of value?
Author: Angelique Caffrey - Updated: 28 August 2012 | Comment As a professional writer, you may be asked by editors or publishers to write using a variety of methods.