How They Write A Script: Leigh Brackett

“I don’t think there’s anything better than screenwriting to teach you the construction of a story.” “She wrote that [The Big Sleep] like a man. She writes good.” — Howard Hawks, quoted in “Hawks on Hawks”. The

Here’s how you can kill it at NaNoWriMo – and finally write that dream novel

If you didn’t know already, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which is a writing contest where writers write 50,000 words in a month. The young writer’s program allows students to set their own word count

Grandmother, 70, explodes ‘myths’ to make Costa shortlist with debut novel

The former businesswoman has turned her hobby into a second career. Anne Youngson has been shortlisted for her debut novel (Colin Hawkins) A 70-year-old grandmother and former executive has made the shortlist of a major literary prize

Large writing lessons from a small space

Thank-you notes and stamps: A writing assignment Traci Angel A morning’s hasty scroll through Facebook earlier this week showed the above photo from Traci Angel, an author, teacher and freelancer based in Kansas City and a recent

Three newly released books worth buying

Four open books in the colored cover on the table made of boards. 1. The Boy Made of Snow A Wanstead writer who secured publishing deals around the world for her first novel is celebrating the launch

10 Rules For Novelists From The Greatest Living American Writer

If you are writing a novel, remember that all your competition has already died, except for Joyce Carol Oates, who is undead. Your enemies are watching you via a porthole from hell, and they are envious. The

William Goldman, Writer Behind ‘Butch Cassidy,’ ‘Princess Bride,’ Dies At 87

Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman has died at the age of 87. Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman, who wrote the beloved cult classic The Princess Bride and won Oscars for writing All the President’s Men and Butch

The Craft of Crime Fiction: Write Who You Know

Ed. Note: Welcome to our Fall 2018 series, The Craft of Writing Crime Fiction! Each week, one of this site’s regular contributors will discuss a different element of writing crime fiction – action, voice, tension, sex. We

Bid writing – not as scary as you think

Share this… 600 One of these days you may be asked to write a bid , whether you work in the commercial world, the public sector or even the third sector. Here we welcome bid writing expert

Turning Pages: Tony Birch and the predicament of Aboriginal writers

We tend to think of Indigenous writing in Australia as a recent thing. But Aboriginal people have been writing for longer than most of us know. Some of the earliest examples were letters from mothers to the