NaNoWriMo: 10 Survival Tips

It’s nearly that time again—the time of year where the air has bite, the nights are cold, and NaNoWriMo warriors far and near dust off their keyboards and prepare to stare at the unforgiving blink of the computer cursor with dogged determination. Some approach National Novel Writing Month with an air of celebration; this is…

Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror

ESSAY BY JACK KETCHUM VIA LITREACTOR I wrote a book a while back called The Girl Next Door which opened with the line, “You think you know about pain?” Personally I’m no expert so far–knock on wood–though as a kid I had my share of broken bones and various other less than delightful body-surprises over the years: a…

So, You Just Had Your Book Published

BY CHUCK WENDIG VIA TERRIBLEMINDS.COM So, you just had your book published. And you want to know what’s going to happen now. Here is — roughly, potentially, maybe — one scenario. For a variable amount of time, let’s call it a week, you’re going to be flying high. Hell, flying high doesn’t even cover it. You’re going to be…

Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences

ARTICLE BY JOE FASSLER VIA THE ATLANTIC Stephen King brings us two new novels in 2013 — one on shelves already, and the other forthcoming. In June, Joyland was published by Hard Case Crime, an imprint showcasing classic and contemporary crime writers in paperback editions dressed up like vintage pulps: Stylized covers feature ominous taglines, brooding private dicks,…