Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff

Inhabiting a Work of Prose

  Inhabiting a Work of Prose by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro January 2011 ". . .live inside the novel for both the writer and the reader." —Shapiro In reviews on the back of a jacket, aside from “lucid,” and “scintillating,” I...

American Rose by Karen Abbott

Rose Louise, known to the world as Gypsy Rose Lee, was an enigma: a beautiful woman with an ever changing story who had more secrets hidden up her sleeve than a magician. Her history changed as often as she changed her gloves and, like the tease she was, she obscured more with each retelling. Gypsy Rose Lee was intelligent, frustrating, talented, gifted and damaged.

Feelings First

Feelings First

FEELINGS FIRST by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro December 2010 "Your best writing will arise from feelings." —Shapiro A daily writing practice is an important commitment to be a writer. You can’t hang out indefinitely and wait for inspiration to come....

THE PLAY’S THE THING: Crisis, Climax and Resolution

THE PLAY’S THE THING: Crisis, Climax and Resolution

In past columns, I have mentioned the terms Climax and Resolution. I would like to explore these story elements in more detail along with Crisis, another important element. In my column on Rising Action, I explained how each scene builds incrementally and logically to a climactic scene. That scene, often called the “obligatory scene” is essential to good playwriting.

Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci

A woman sits on a bench napping and then chatting on her cell phone. An older man in a suit stoops to read the inscription on a statue. An overweight man in jogging clothes, but too fat to jog, wanders into the park. Oliver Stone watches it all until bullets rake the park after the older man and the woman leave and the overweight jogger jumps into a hole and explodes.

Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.

Freud’s Blind Spot by Elisa Albert

Freud’s Blind Spot by Elisa Albert

Relationships with our siblings stretch, as an old saying has it, all the way from the cradle to the grave. Few bonds in life are as significant, as formative, as lasting, and as frequently overlooked as those we share with our brothers and sisters.

Nicole Krauss Explores Emotional Meaning of Inheriting Something

Nicole Krauss Explores Emotional Meaning of Inheriting Something

n her new novel, “Great House,” Author Nicole Krauss writes about a looming and inspirational antique desk, passed through different hands over generations and connecting her four narrators. From a poet in Chile to a New York novelist, these characters, like those in Krauss’ last novel, “The History of Love,” tell the story of what it means to inherit something both physical and emotional.