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Our Editors’ Advice on Creating Narrative Tension

3 Comments There are stories that you can’t put down, and there are those that you can’t wait to put down. The difference? Often, it comes down to tension. What’s pulling the readers through, hurtling them headlong…

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The Writing Life: Tim Johnston

3 Comments 3 Comments Like many authors, novelist Tim Johnston’s path to publication was rife with rejections. An earlier draft of the manuscript that would become his just-published novel Descent was turned down by eight different editors. Massive revisions…

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Rejections, Part 2: Don’t Give Up

No Comments No Comments No matter how you look at it, getting a rejection letter can take the wind out of your sails. It can be hard to keep going, or know what to do next. When it comes…

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A Dialogue on Dialogue

2 Comments 2 Comments In this high-wire act of derring-do and ersatz dialogue, senior editor Kathy Pories and executive editor Chuck Adams discuss one of the most challenging aspects of craft. Kathy: “Nice weather we’re having. Aren’t you sick…

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The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

No Comments No Comments Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…

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Query Do’s and Don’ts

6 Comments 6 Comments Algonquin is one of a dwindling number of publishing houses that still accepts unsolicited queries, and we accept them only through regular mail. Since you’ve worked so hard already and may soon be adding a…

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Writing Advice: On Brevity

1 Comment 1 Comment The Twitter Fiction Festival, which started yesterday and goes through March 16, includes Algonquin authors Bill Roorbach, Sara Farizan and Gabrielle Zevin. Each author is creating an original work of fiction, meted out in 140-character…

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Writing Advice from Author Drew Perry

No Comments No Comments In Drew Perry’s new novel, Kids These Days, an expectant father is paralyzed by the idea of taking responsibility for another human life when he can’t seem to manage his own. While Perry, the…

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Writing Advice from Robert Morgan

1 Comment 1 Comment What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve gotten? The novelist Alison Lurie said that when writing a novel I would have to find a “passive gear” and let my characters take over the story…

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Writing Advice from Louis Rubin

1 Comment 1 Comment It’s only fitting that one of our first “On the House” posts should feature the words of co-founder Louis Rubin, whom we lost recently but whose ethos we try hard to keep alive. Rubin’s astute…

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