3 Things to Learn About Writing From Reading The Comfort of Strangers
To add more suspense and a feeling of unease to your work in progress, a close read of Ian McEwan's The Comfort of Strangers offers plenty to learn from.
Eve Gleichman & Laura Blackett: Writing as Collaboration
Even if you don't have a co-author, Eve Gleichman & Laura Blackett explain why treating your writing as a collaboration will elevate your work.
Charles Martin: On Writing About the Most Difficult Topics
New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin discusses what inspired him to write a book about human trafficking and the internal struggle of researching and writing such a difficult topic.
David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality
Novelist David Jackson Ambrose discusses the initial themes he wanted to explore in his latest novel, A Blind Eye, what the editing process was like, and how his books always surprise him in the end.
Donna Freitas: Exploring Social Consequences in Fiction
Novelist Donna Freitas explains how she came to write her first adult novel, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, and why she wants this book to be provocative.
Zadie Smith + Nick Laird: The WD Interview
Nick Laird and Zadie Smith talk about how teaching affects their writing, craft insights they’ve discovered, and how staying off Twitter has made them better writers in this November/December 2020 Writer's Digest interview.
Layla AlAmmar: On Reading Outside Our Comfort Zones
Novelist Layla AlAmmar talks about the importance of reading outside our comfort zones and how the Arab Spring inspired her book Silence Is a Sense.
Richard Alther: How Literary Fiction Is Like a Rorschach Test
Novelist Richard Alther explains how his latest book, Bedside Matters, opened his eyes to the writer's evolving relationship with their work and the benefit of adding uncertainty to a plot.