Nathan Bransford: Literary Agent and Author

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Aug
27
2014

How do you name your characters?

This question comes from reader Puneet Agrawal, who is wondering about a seemingly simple and yet quite complicated and important question: How do you name your characters?Where do you draw your inspi...

Aug
26
2014

Page Critique: The danger of starting with dialogue

If you would like to nominate your page for a future Page Critique Event, please enter it in this thread in the Forums. Also, I'm offering personal consultations and edits if you're interested in that...

Aug
25
2014

What to write about when it feels like everything has already been written

This unnerving moment happens to every writer:You finally get the nerve to tell someone your idea for a book. You describe your idea, you brace yourself for whether they think it's good or bad, but in...

Aug
20
2014

Which book do you wish were turned into a movie?

Over at io9, Esther Inglis-Arkell ranked ten classic YA books she wished were turned into movies.I wasn't actually familiar with those, but it definitely got me thinking. Which book do you wish were t...

Aug
04
2014

Bill Watterson on life and creativity

I make no secret of my incredible affection for Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, who on the whole is a pretty reclusive author, but when he speaks he makes it count.So two great lin...

Jul
23
2014

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at fifty

Happy fiftieth birthday to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was originally published in 1964. To celebrate, Penguin has a new paperback edition plus a golden ticket sweepstak...