L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Teddy Wayne on Seven Simple Questions By Teddy Wayne Nearly every month since April 2013, first for Salon and for the last two years Lit Hub, I have asked a group of writers with new books out the same seven questions. They all originated from the first authors I interviewed—Allison Amend, Amy Brill, Jennifer Gilmore, and Fiona …

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by Jane Friedman The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query letter is so much of a sales piece that it’s quite possible to write one without having written a word of the manuscript. All it requires is a …

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Jared A. Brock I often wish I had a special space in which to write my books. Sadly, the writing life doesn’t always come equipped with an idyllic woodland cabin in which to pen profound prose. For all the authors profiled below, they figured out how to be massively effective no matter the setting. They …

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Via The Guardian Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors. Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

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Via Spark Press “You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.”—Helen Keller from her “Open Letter to German Students”  A Short History… The first banned book in America Book burning is a long-held practice …

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“Confessions of a Story Writer” Paul Gallico wrote:  It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you …

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Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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By: P. S. Hoffman | May 17, 2018 Writers: There is a a good chance you don’t need an author blog. Static author websites are great, and you’d be crazy not to have one. But starting an author blog is a different (and often tragic) story. In fact, your author blog might even kill your writing. …

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By: Robert Lee Brewer | February 18, 2020 Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts with the world, connect with readers, and build a writing platform for new and experienced writers. One of the first questions I’m often asked by people interested in starting—or improving—a blog is, “What should I blog about?” This …

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