Valuable lessons about characterization, the fundamental core of storytelling, can be found in the panels of superhero comics.
Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.
Benjamin Percy cautions beginning writers to avoid overusing backstory in their fiction, offering strategies for moving the story forward by slipping a character’s history into the dramatic present.
The author, who has published a chapbook and a full-length book of poetry, suggests several strategies for ordering a poetry collection, and describes how these approaches can help poets generate new pieces to make a stronger, more cohesive book.
The effects of social media on the creative process—although it can help writers identify and pay attention to the quotidian moments of their lives, does it siphon off their storytelling energy?
How do you handle research? How indebted do you feel to stick to the historical record? Two novelists discuss their experiences researching, imagining, and depicting earlier times.
The author relates how becoming a father helped him find peace in not writing and deepen his understanding of what drives writers to the page.
The author of Horsepower examines and resists the racism and subconscious anxieties that infect the U.S. literary imagination.
The author of Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distractions, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life talks about the impetus for writing the book, response after its publication, and its lessons for a new generation of writers.
On her Instagram account, German artist Eda Temucin pairs found artwork with book covers, uncovering striking similarities between contemporary visual art and literary design.