By Tom Leveen
Yeah, I hear ya. Happens to all of us. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill writer’s block, now, are we? No, you know what we’re really talking about: either a change in our actual, physical circumstances (a move, a marriage, a child . . . any major life change that’s utterly altered your schedule) or a change in our mental circumstances (no new ideas, novel stopped in its tracks . . . complete and total emotional breakdown . . . things like that).
So what do we do? Here are a few suggestions I hope will help. The bottom line is this: Don’t worry. It will pass. Have faith in that.Read More
Michael Stackpole recently sat with Timothy C. Ward at SF Signal to record a podcast interview.Read More
By Dana Stabenow
Writing successfully is sweat equity. Butt in the chair, hour after hour, grinding out sentences and paragraphs and pages, none of which, one is grimly aware, may make the final cut when it comes time to edit.
That is especially true of crime fiction, because, really, how many different ways are there to kill someone? And how many different motives can there be? In the end it all comes down to money and sex. At most a writer can create an original variation on a tried-and-true theme.Read More
By Bill Konigsberg
Your Novel Year Faculty Member Bill Konigsberg hosts “Finding Your Teen Voice, and What to Do When It Stops Speaking to You” Workshop
Changing Hands Bookstore
Find out more at: http://www.changinghands.com/event/konigsberg-jan14
As part of David Quammen’s visit to ASU, he sat down with the Center for Science and the Imagination to record this great video!Find out more here:
By Laura Tohe
I was eavesdropping on my mother’s and grandmother’s gossip again. They were telling stories about relatives and people we knew. Listening to my extended family tell stories was something I grew with until I got older and could join the storytelling sessions, and to eventually use the oral tradition to launch my own stories and poetry. On that day my mother caught me eavesdropping, she sent me to wash dishes or on some errand. Did she think I was going to repeat the gossip? Did she think the gossip was too adult for my young years? Or did she just not like me being idle when domestic chores needed attending? If I was going to listen to their stories I would have to be more discreet. I wasn’t allowed to break into adult conversation, lest it show rudeness and improper upbringing. “T’áadoo ‘ádá yáníãti’í.” Let not your speech talk over your elders. At the time I didn’t know that listening was one of the best ways to become a writer, especially for my last book, Code Talker Stories, an oral history book. Nevertheless, storytelling wasn’t denied me by my extended family.Read More
By Aurelie Sheehan
I have said that the only rules a story must follow are its own. It turns out in the case of my collection, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories, I actually had to break even that last rule. I started with one rule—one rule!—and I couldn’t keep it after all.Read More
By Tom Marcinko
A few years ago, after a long stint of working as an in-house writer for various corporate and government institutions, I had the chance to start over in journalism. I’m finding it one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Buyer beware: I’m not getting paid as much. But I’m having a lot more fun.