Literary Article Round-Up

From Ideation to Revision: Margaret George’s Writing Advice

Every writer is asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” Writers create people and worlds in a way that hints of magic, making things seemingly real that didn’t exist before. This mystery intrigues readers, who enjoy the final result but wonder how it came about. –  MARGARET GEORGE, Signature

A Reader’s Guide to the Works of Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a difficult writer to characterize. Broadly, his style falls under magical realism with an occasional absurdist streak. His writing is simple yet dense, filled with lush imagery, richly drawn characters, and a deep well of underlying emotion. –  KEITH RICE, Signature

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This Woman Opened a Bookstore and Drove It Across the Country

Do you love reading so much you’d like to bring books to people all over the country? That’s just what Rita Collins has done with her mobile bookshop, Saint Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary, a white van full of books that has traveled around the country multiple times. – G.G. Andrew, Bookbub

John Boyne Explores the Dark Side of Literary Ambition

A Ladder to the Sky

Graham Greene wrote that “there is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer.” By that measure, the novelist antihero of John Boyne’s gripping new book, A Ladder to the Sky, must have an entire ice rink at his core.

Maurice Swift is gorgeous, charming, and hell-bent on literary fame. His only problem? He can’t think of a thing to write about. After beguiling aging German novelist Erich Ackermann, however, Swift extracts from Ackermann a devastating wartime confession of love and betrayal. He steals it for his own bestselling debut, ruining what’s left of Ackermann’s life. Soon it’s clear that “literary larceny” is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Swift’s dark ambition. – Goodreads

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5 Classic Books That Are Ripe for a Retelling

Before I began writing The Winters, my modern response to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the first thing I did was Google whether another writer had already taken a stab. Turns out there are a few Rebecca retellings, including at least two sequels, one sanctioned by the estate called Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman. – LISA GABRIELE, Signature

Stephen King Sells Film Rights to Teens for One Dollar

Talk about encouraging young artists: Stephen King just sold the film rights to his short story “Stationary Bike” (from the Just After Sunset collection) to a couple of teenagers for just one dollar. This is part of a program on King’s website called “Dollar Babies,” which offers up some of his smaller and less popular works to aspiring filmmakers, including stories from older collections like Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. You never know which of these dollar deals could end up making a splash on the festival circuit, potentially making someone’s career. So dive in, auteurs! As The AV Club points out reassuringly, “Nothing you make will be as bad as the Dark Tower movie.” – TOM BLUNT, Signature

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