With tens of thousands of word choices in a novel, it’s not a matter of if you will make a mistake, but how many and how egregious the lapses will be. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but if you want your writing to be read and understood as intended, an editor is essential.
Over my career, I have made as many mistakes as a writer as I have caught as an editor, and I refuse to let any of my work be published without first being seen by another set of eyes.
November is National Novel Writing Month, an international phenomenon during which authors (or budding authors) challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. Participants can create an account on www.nanowrimo.org and register their novel, friend other writing “buddies” and receive regular writing pep talks from best-selling authors such as Gene Luen Yang, Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, John Green and many others.
This week, Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation; Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 is the Granite State's third annual Writers’ Week. The centerpiece is Nov. 3’s New Hampshire Literary Awards, a biennial event curated by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), but there are plenty of activities during the rest of the week.
On Monday, Oct. 31, via the social-media network Twitter, the NHWP will host a horror nanofiction contest. Writers who enter, via a single Tweet with the hashtag #NHWrites, that day will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Spotlight Publicity
On Halloween, I love to sift through my bookshelf to find stories that terrify me and make going to sleep nearly impossible. I convince myself afterward that what is likely the sound of some ancient monster crawling around beneath my bed is just the house “settling.” I don’t know how often a house actually “settles,” but it’s a better option than imagining a Scary Thing that probably lives off of human blood.
Although I do love reading about monsters and other creepy creatures, I also enjoy reading stories that induce paranoia, uncertainty, and fear.
The Board of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project has selected Elizabeth Marshall Thomas as the recipient of the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Thomas is one of the most widely read American anthropologists, a novelist, and a woman who has observed and written about dogs, cats, and elephants during her long career. When she is not travelling the globe she lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Among her many books are The Hidden Life of Dogs, Reindeer Moon, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Harmless People, The Hidden Life of Deer, and Dreaming of Lions.
Have you ever wondered what novelists do today that is different than what they did in the past? In order to answer this question, we must ask another question. What realities do we face today that we were not necessarily facing as much in the past (and then putting into writing)?
We live in a world plagued by worries over the past and the future without any concern for the present.
Although most of us know better than to judge a book by its cover, it is fascinating to observe the way people dress and ponder what influences their fashion decisions. For a writer, there are numerous factors that come into play. Some writers are concerned with comfort rather than trend, however, there are others whose style of dress is just as influential and spectacular as their literary talents.
I have compiled a list of five writers and their contributions to not only the literary world, but the world of fashion.
Elena Ferrante, an acclaimed pseudonymous Italian author, unwillingly had her identity revealed in a recent article that was published by The New York Review of Books, along with various news outlets in Italy, Germany, and France. Claudio Gatti, an Italian journalist who reported these discoveries, found “an answer” by uncovering Ferrante’s private real estate and financial records. These findings caused angry readers to wonder if the question of her identity ever truly warranted an investigation.
Last winter, I had the pleasure of reading Elizabeth Atkinson’s heartwarming story, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. The middle-grade author has released her newest title, The Island of Beyond, a charming story of adventure, friendship and so much more.
Eleven-year old Martin is perfectly content spending his summer playing video games or perfecting his toy soldier town of Martinville. But his father has other ideas. He believes that Martin should be “more of a boy.” Go on adventures, explore the great outdoors, and most importantly, try new things.