L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

The following is an excerpt from the new book Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do. The book is compiled of essays from famous authors, all explaining why they love writing. Below is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s response. Picoult has published 20 books over …

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The late American novelist shared career lessons that we can all learn from. By Monica Torres Toni Morrison, the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and the author of 11 novels, died at 88 on Monday, leaving behind a legacy of words that reshaped American culture. Her writing itself was a singular …

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From the “Writers on Writing” Column in the NYTimes By Richard Nordquist For almost a decade, the “Writers on Writing” column in The New York Times provided professional writers with an opportunity to “talk about their craft.” Two collections of these columns have been published: Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times …

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By Sally Harris No-one told me writing should come with a health warning. Something like on cigarette packets would be great; a shocking or disturbing thing to dissuade the unwary from venturing too near pen, paper or laptop. When I signed up for a creative writing course several years ago, I assumed it would be …

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A technology exec uses AI to help him write a book on AI By Chris Duffey Greetings from the future of innovation! Throughout my career as a creative technologist, I have always been fascinated when human creativity and ingenuity meet and are amplified by technology. To that end, AI is one of the greatest human …

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‘Sometimes I think writing is like living with a terrible boyfriend who drains you financially and tortures you mentally’ Rosemary Jenkinson All of us writers question why we write. Which is fine – we spend so much time examining our characters’ motives, we might as well look at our own. This piece is about the …

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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Many newcomers want to become a writer for all of the …

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By Katie Heaney It is rare, in this day and age, to see a good tweet on the internet, but I did love this one, from New York Times writer Erin Griffith, which includes a graph she designed to depict the dramatic ups and downs of a writer’s self-esteem, which are entirely dependent upon the …

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By Madison Malone Kircher What makes reading a good mystery so satisfying? A writer’s hard work. A complex story à la Gone Girl doesn’t just pop out of a writer’s brain fully formed on a random Tuesday. Giving readers what they crave is about structure and pacing and, ultimately, originality. In 2019, it’s also about …

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“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”—Annie Dillard