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The Connection between Character Emotion and Reader Empathy

The Connection between Character Emotion and Reader Empathy Today’s guest post is by Becca Puglisi. Do you know how many books are on the market today? Neither do I; I can’t count that high. I do know that in 2015 alone, over a million books were published. This is awesome for readers, but it creates […]

Master the Skills to Become a Masterful Writer

Master the Skills to Become a Masterful Writer How is that novel-writing going? One reason writers procrastinate is they haven’t taken the time to master the skills. If we attempt to do something—like change the oil in our car or build a bookcase—and we haven’t first learned what’s needed to attempt such a task, it […]

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for March 8th, 2019

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for March 8th, 2019 Sponsored by our What’s Up in YA Giveaway of a $100 gift card to Amazon! Enter here. These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin for […]

2019 New Releases: In Translation

2019 New Releases: In Translation Last year was an astonishingly good year for literature in translation and after poring over catalogs and press releases I’m thrilled to say that it’s only going to continue in 2019! Newly released books from beloved authors like Roberto Bolaño’s The Spirit of Science Fiction and Clarice Lispector’s The Besieged City need no introduction and are […]

Book Spotlight: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Book Spotlight: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Geisel started using the pseudonym “Seuss” during his time at Dartmouth when he was banned from editing and contributing to the campus’ humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. Geisel, after graduating from Dartmouth, attended Oxford thinking of becoming a […]

The Important Life and Work of Ralph Ellison

The Important Life and Work of Ralph Ellison Born on March 1, 1914 in Oklahoma City and named after transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, American novelist and literary critic Ralph Ellison remains an important figure and influence in American literature and scholarship. But in spite of his numerous awards and the influence he has had […]

Writing Together: 7 Books That Come From Collaboration

Writing Together: 7 Books That Come From Collaboration Lots of artists agree that making art—painting, writing, playing the tambourine—can be a lonely endeavor. Writing takes a lot of time alone  thinking, writing, editing, and being alone some more. There’s also a lot of beveraging. However, collaborative writing is a way for writers to create with […]

MasterClass Online Classes with Amazing Writers

MasterClass Online Classes with Amazing Writers If you’re not familiar with the site MasterClass, I want to encourage you to check it out. In addition to terrific writing classes with top writers, they offer a whole lot of neat classes, including basketball with Steph Curry (how cool is that?), Serena Williams teaching tennis, and cooking […]

How to Advance Your Plot with Careful Scene Design ~ 5 Steps

How to Advance Your Plot with Careful Scene Design ~ 5 Steps Plotting is complex, and whether you “wing it” or plot extensively, there are 5 key steps that will help you stay on track when brainstorming a scene. I’m reprinting a blog post I wrote a few years back to bring attention to these […]

The Father-Son Relationship in The Remains of The Day

The Father-Son Relationship in The Remains of The Day Let’s talk about the father-son relationship in the 1989 Booker Award-winning The Remains of The Day by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Let’s not talk about why it took me so long to get around to reading this wonderful book that Maxine Hong Kingston called, “wonderful in every sense–story, language, […]