It’s Okay to Starve and Other Advice For Writers from Mad Men’s Matt Weiner

It’s hard to imagine a world without Mad Men. Even if you don’t watch the show, aspects of it have certainly nudged their way into your consciousness: Peggy’s stiff bouffant, Joan’s belief-defying curves, Don’s mirror-like hair and the blue-gray smoke drifting from his ubiquitous cigarette. Yet Mad Men almost didn’t get made. Initially nobody wanted […]

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How Even Bestselling Writers Sabotage Themselves (And How To Learn From Their Mistakes.)

You encounter an author, and it’s love at first page. You declare your devotion over Facebook and write giddy reviews on Goodreads. When the author publishes new work, you fall on it like a jackal. But then, the inevitable happens: You read their book—maybe it’s their second; maybe it’s their seventh—and you’re deeply disappointed. You […]

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3 Jedi Mind Tricks for Writers

Dear Karin, I want to be a writer but I don’t know if I have what it takes. Could you help me? Like maybe give me the name of your agent. Signed, Hopelessly Clueless Dear HP, You are correct. Writers are not ordinary mortals.  We’re a special breed, capable of creating an entire new universe […]

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Would You Compare a Comic Movie to a Serious Drama. No! Then Why Do Reviewers Do It With Novels?

Dear Dwight Garner, Today I read your review of “How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran in the NY Times. First of all, thanks for reviewing a comic novel by a woman.  The novel is about a rock and roll journalist from the projects, and you had many good things to say about it.  You mention that one […]

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