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Contract complaints at James Frey's fiction factory

November 13, 2010

Tags: book packaging, James Frey, fiction

Under a deal some writers are unhappy with, James Frey, author of the controversial bestselling fictional memoir A Million Little Pieces, has launched a fiction book-packaging company through which young creative-writing M.F.A. students are hired to write young adult novels; they are paid a token sum on signing and completion of a young adult novel but share in profits. (more…)

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

August 2, 2010

Tags: fiction

Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, the Guardian asked several authors for their personal do's and don'ts. Read what the following authors have to say: Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, (more…)

How to Write a Great Novel (or, How to Keep Writing, Period!)

November 8, 2009

Tags: fiction, writing

In How to Write a Great Novel, WSJ reporter Alexandra Alter interviews 11 top authors on their methods for getting the story on the page. Junot Díaz writes in the bathroom, Nicholson Baker dresses in character, Amitav Ghosh uses black ink Pelikan (more…)

Where does Dave Robicheaux go for information?

August 22, 2009

Tags: libraries, fiction

“I long ago became convinced that the most reliable source for arcane and obscure and seemingly unobtainable information does not lie with government or law enforcement agencies,” says James Lee Burke’s hero, Dave Robicheaux, in Last Car for Elysian Fields (more…)

Mystery writer Michael Connelly on newspaper novels

May 29, 2009

Tags: fiction, journalism

In Michael Connelly's latest thriller, The Scarecrow, Connelly's hero Jack McEvoy is forced to take a buyout. What other novels about reporters and reporting does Connelly like? (more…)