#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter: An Etiquette Lesson

When it comes to professions, being a Writer is unique in that people often feel inspired to say to us whatever pops into their minds. From strangers at cocktail parties to long-standing relations, we’ve all been confronted with pretty odd parlays. What’s most bewildering is that those same people would never say such things upon […]

How Reading (and Writing) Obituaries Can Improve Your Fiction

Great characters are the heart and soul of every great novel. And even though I’ve published three novels, I struggle every time with how to make my characters real—rich, multi-dimensional, relatable. Recently, in the middle of my current WIP, I discovered something that has changed character writing for me forever: Obituaries. I needed to write […]

Writing Rules

Ever since I read W. Somerset Maugham’s quote about his three rules for writing a novel, I’ve been thinking about it. Here’s what Maugham said: There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” It’s kind of joke, I know. But it’s also serious. Maugham wrote twenty novels and […]

The Elephant in My Living Room

Therese here to introduce our newest regular contributor, Kim Bullock. If you’re a part of WU’s Facebook community, you’ll certainly be no stranger to Kim, who has long been a part of the Mod Squad there. Kim has also become a valued right hand for me here at Writer Unboxed, and as one of WU’s […]

Speak Up, I’m Eavesdropping

Our guest today is Barbara Rogan, author of eight novels, most recently A Dangerous Fiction (Viking/Penguin), and co-author of two nonfiction works. Her books have been translated into half a dozen languages, featured by major book clubs, and optioned for film. After working as an editor at Fawcett Books, she founded and ran her own […]