The right title makes all the difference—and a bad title can leave a work dead on arrival. Not only do titles (and headlines) matter, but they exist for one reason only: to make you want [...]
Everybody knows Keyser Soze. He’s the Turkish crime lord from The Usual Suspects, the classic noir directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie went on to write a raft of terrific scripts [...]
If you are a novelist, or a writer of any kind of fiction, ideas can arrive without making a sound—if you only have ears (or hearing aids) to hear. Take my new Young Adult novel, [...]
By Michael Conniff I pride myself on never coming within a whisper of writer’s block but today I have no idea what to say—because today is my 40th anniversary of writing fiction. The point [...]
As writers we exists more or less in one flat, rectangular, linear dimension that goes from A to Z, from start to finish, without any easy mechanism for detours, asides, or embellishment. We also write in text without an easy opportunity to incorporate additional media.