For any writer feeling rejected

For a look at rejection letters from the point of view of an acquisitions editor who has to write them, here’s Jeff Shotts’s blog.

Your Brain on Fiction

New research suggests that reading fiction is good for us, especially the brain.  It also turns out that reading a story to some degree functions as experience—we literally travel through a novel in the skin of the protagonist.

Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Some fascinating scientific research…  Scientific American piece

Why Read?

Every human culture tells stories.  Some of them are meant to chronicle actual events, whether it’s a creation story or the history of a city or country.  Others are explicitly fictional, such as fables, tall tales, and fairytales.  Isn’t it…

Interview with Peter Gelfan in examiner.com

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Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile

(Originally published in the Dec 2004 issue of Writer’s Digest and reprinted by WD in its 2005 Writer’s Yearbook Extra) Often we like to imagine the (probably imaginary) good old days when editors searched for traces of gold in the…

Recent interview on a book blog…

Texts and Teas

Writing Backward and Forward

Recently, I’ve had two clients with MFA degrees who wrote very nicely but were both having trouble with their novels’ plots. Just to make sure we were talking about the same thing, I asked each of them to define what…

On the streets of New York…

Especially on the streets of New York, where most people walk rather than drive, you’re constantly rubbing shoulders with complete strangers and being bombarded with snippets from conversations whose starting points and destinations you will never know.  I heard a…