Divining Your Next Tale

Feeling uninspired, or unable to find a form for your inspiration? Try divining your next story. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, divining methods like tarot cards and runes are a powerful tool for figuring out – and bringing depth to – your…

Spotlight On: The Lace Reader

This is a winner, folks. The Lace Reader is the best-crafted modern adult novel I’ve read in the last five years. It’s not out yet, so I’m not going to include any spoilers in this post, but the book is a great study in character…

Shakespeare as Icon

The graphic designer Richard Evans has come up with a series of clever representations of Shakespeare’s play. To see them, click here, then click on “Design Portfolio.” On the red bar, click on “oddities,” then on the fourth square. Now scroll over the numbers to…

Outlines: A Bird’s Eye View

Many writers draw up outlines prior to starting a story, and many others groan at the thought. But whether you start writing when you have a fully formed plot or only a few lines of dialogue, an outline can be a useful tool in revision.…