“Kevin Killian always told me great fiction lets you know how things smell.” —Andrew Durbin, author of Skyland
The author of Horsepower suggests putting aside knowledge and focusing on unlearning.
“There’s a balance to be struck between what you reveal and what you hold back.” —Sophie Mackintosh, author of Blue Ticket
The author of The Prettiest Star recommends keeping a novel-dedicated notebook for ideas, research, and informal experiments.
The author of The Prettiest Star explores a variety of archives to help him capture the specific spirit and look of the eighties.
The author of The Prettiest Star celebrates the magic of minor characters.
The author of The Prettiest Star shares strategies and questions that help him get to know his characters.
“It wasn’t until the final year or so that I felt I had some control over the shape and content, that I understood how the pieces worked together.” —Mark Bibbins, author of 13th Balloon
“I need three things to write: snacks, drinks, and silence.” —Frances Cha, author of If I Had Your Face
“For a while, I was most productive at night, then mornings. Now it’s just whenever there’s a moment.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life