Title Bout

- by Barbara Keiler

I have written more than 80,000 words of my current manuscript-in-progress, and I still don’t have a title for it. In my last blog post, I wrote, “You know you’re a novelist when the working title of your current project is The Book From Hell.”  Obviously, I was speaking from personal experience.  My current project […]

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You Know You’re A Novelist When…

- by Barbara Keiler

You know you’re a novelist when: The characters you’re writing about seem more real to you (and often more interesting) than the people sitting around your dinner table. You think reading the thesaurus is fun. You refuse to quit smoking, drinking bourbon, bingeing on M&M’s or [insert bad habit here] because you believe that if […]

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Why We Need Fiction

- by Barbara Keiler

Glinting like a ray of sunshine through the gloomy headlines is a bit of good news for novelists: the recent release of a report by the National Endowment for the Arts announcing that Americans read more fiction this past year than they had in any of the previous ten years. Among the theories offered for […]

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No News Is Good News

- by Barbara Keiler

The writing world has been abuzz with the recent announcement that the publishing group Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has temporarily suspended acquiring new manuscripts.  This is not what I’d call cheery news.  It’s certainly not the sort of headline that motivates a novelist to polish her latest masterpiece and have her agent overnight it to, say, […]

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