How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 5:43pm 7/15/14 5:43pm

Undiscovered Screenwriters May Get Some Help From Disney

Have you given up on your dreams of writing the great American screenplay because the chances of being discovered by Hollywood are about as likely as finding Jimmy Hoffa working at your local Starbucks? Well, maybe you should dust off that typewriter (HA!) and give that story about a plucky young cop with a heart of… » 3/05/14 11:00pm 3/05/14 11:00pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 1:37pm 11/23/13 1:37pm

Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… » 10/10/13 9:30am 10/10/13 9:30am

Lit Professor Thinks Women and Queer Writers Suck, Sorry

If you're into books written by women (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA what's that) don't take University of Toronto professor David Gilmour's fiction class; he's "not interested" in teaching women authors (except Virginia Woolf, who somehow manages to entertain him). "What I teach is guys," he says. "Serious heterosexual guys." Got… » 9/25/13 3:40pm 9/25/13 3:40pm

Don't Ask Writers to Work for Free Unless You Want an Eloquent 'Fuck…

One weird thing about being a professional writer is that a lot of people seem to think your job is fake. Up until a couple of years ago, people said shit like this to me all the time: "Oh, you do your little jokes in the newspaper, right? Maybe you can help me write some jokes for my favorite geology professor's… » 6/14/13 10:00am 6/14/13 10:00am

Jamaica Kincaid Says People Only Say She’s Angry Because She’s Black

After recently opting to read part of Paradise Lost instead of her own (relatively) brand-new novel, See Now Then, at PEN’s World Voices Festival of International Literature, Jamaica Kincaid talked to The American Reader about her career, as in, how it has been so awesome that she can get up onstage and read a little… » 5/05/13 10:30pm 5/05/13 10:30pm

E.L. James' New Book Will Teach You How to Write Erotica

Want to write about someone taking a steamy dump on your chesticles? Well, you're in luck, because E.L. James is set to release a journal/how-to book that schools you in the fine art of leaving it all on the page. You'll scribble down the desires of your inner goddess in an instructional novela that's sure to set your… » 3/13/13 10:00am 3/13/13 10:00am

Journaling About Your Breakup Just Makes It Even Worse

Take that, therapists: journaling after a breakup makes it harder to move on, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Arizona thought that particularly "ruminative" patients could benefit from writing out all of their feelings in explicit detail like a 14-year-old LiveJournal poet. (More on those… » 11/30/12 11:05am 11/30/12 11:05am

Ladies Be Publishing: Women Dominate NaNoWriMo

If you sat down last Thursday to start writing the next great American novel, you're not alone. So far in 2012, 542,311,473 words have been written during National Novel Writing Month, November's push for thousands of aspiring novelist baby mamas to push out their book babies, no matter how fucking gross the birthing… » 11/04/12 9:30pm 11/04/12 9:30pm

Wacky Jackie Kerouac’s Girlfriend Confirms That the Legend About Him…

If you're a sophomore English major in college, say, and have recently figured out that it's no longer cool to tell people that your favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, your favorite book is probably On the Road. But. Did you know that Jack Kerouac didn't really write the whole thing in three hours on a single roll… » 9/16/12 2:00pm 9/16/12 2:00pm