In These Thrillers, Everyone Has Secrets. Big Ones.

In These Thrillers, Everyone Has Secrets. Big Ones.

Credit…Doeun Choi Thrillers Our columnist on three riveting new reads. Credit…Doeun Choi July 15, 2024 In McLean, Va., Stella Parker’s pampered suburban life is unraveling. “Funny how things come full circle,” her weird neighbor Gwen says to her in an inexplicable doorstep confrontation. What does that mean, exactly? Stella hopes that no one, especially her […]

Does Ballet Need Narrative?

Does Ballet Need Narrative?

Ever since I was a child, I have been drawn to dance because it expresses emotions and bodily impulses without words. Once, when I was a young dancer, standing in the wings and nervous that my mind was blank, a senior colleague told me not to worry. “It’s when the words come that you’re finished,” […]

Writing Creatively to Make Sense of the Times We Live In

Writing Creatively to Make Sense of the Times We Live In

Key points Studies show that the act of all kinds of writing hones our reflective abilities. Creative writing stretches our imagination, increases emotional resilience, and alleviates stress. Writers of nonfiction examine complex issues that are relevant to our times. Novelists examine the issues using characters as a vehicle for empathy. Studies show that the act […]

Writing Suspenseful Scenes: Techniques for Keeping Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

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GoodIdeas – stock.adobe.com In the realm of literature, few elements captivate readers quite like a masterfully crafted suspenseful scene. It’s the literary equivalent of a roller coaster ride — heart-pounding, palm-sweating and utterly addictive. But what techniques do authors employ to create these nail-biting moments that keep readers glued to the page? Let’s delve into […]

8 Novels About Toxic Relationships

8 Novels About Toxic Relationships

Screenshot from Blue Valentine There is a reason we consume content about love, and it’s not only because of its relatability. No, I’d argue that love makes us selfish. We are all trying to decipher lovers lost and found, past and present, hoping that someone else’s experience might shed light on our own. We hope […]

Two Authors, One Subject: Zoë Eisenberg and Rhaina Cohen on Writing Intimate Friendships

Two Authors, One Subject: Zoë Eisenberg and Rhaina Cohen on Writing Intimate Friendships

Novelist Zoë Eisenberg and journalist-turned-author Rhaina Cohen have something in common: they both published books about extraordinarily intimate friendships. Their debut books published in February of this year with strikingly similar titles— Significant Others (Eisenberg) and The Other Significant Others (Cohen). They talk about their books as “literary fraternal twins.” Cohen’s book, a work of […]

Ayeşgül Savaş on Creating Your Story’s Clock

Ayeşgül Savaş on Creating Your Story’s Clock

This first appeared in Lit Hub’s Craft of Writing newsletter— sign up here . In a letter to his friend John Fisher, the landscape painter John Constable writes that “it will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief […]

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