Soho at sunset. Photo by me. I’m on Instagram here! Whew! Lots of things have happened in the past few weeks. Let’s get to it. Holy wow, Tim Burton is going to direct Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Congrats, Ransom!! Very sad news as bestselling author Vince Flynn passed away after a long battle […]
This Week in Books 5/27/11
This week in Champions League Finals I mean books… Whew! Lots and lots of links for you. First off, you still have a chance to win a copy of Jacob Wonderbar over at From the Mixed Up Files, where there is also an interview with me where I talk about favorite books and character name […]
Does Angst Help You Write?
There is perhaps no archetype more persistent throughout the history of art and literature than that of the tortured artist. From the tragically real cases (like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and David Foster Wallace), to self-conscious poseurs (who shall remain nameless), angst-filled writers in both fiction and real life are an enduring staple in culture. […]
Do you suffer from one of these writing maladies?
(Commercial voice): There are pernicious writerly germs out there infecting pages all around the world. Left uncured they can be fatal. Talk to your book doctor or literary health provider if you notice any of these symptoms: Yoda Effect Difficult to read, sentences are, when reversing sentences an author is. Cart before horse, I’m putting, […]
This Week in Publishing 7/2/10
What a week! My visits are always a whirlwind of meetings, lunches, meetings, meetings, drinks, meetings, and meetings, but it’s always fun to be here, get a sense of the pulse and make new connections. And thankfully the weather decided to take mercy on me – I was worried there for a moment. Now then! […]
How to craft a great voice
Voice is one of the most difficult writing terms to define and pinpoint. We might know it when we see it, but what’s voice made of, really? You hear so often that agents and editors want “new voices” and “compelling voices” and voice voice voice. So what is voice? How do you cultivate it? And […]