Literary fiction breaks many of the rules of conventional novel writing. But are there some rules that can’t be broken?
When it comes to genre fiction, novel length is not an artistic choice. Why is this the case? Who decides how short is too short for a novel?
If memory is unreliable, is there really any difference between a novel and a memoir? The answer is more complicated than you might think.
This is one of the easiest: “On Monday, I sold 3/7 of my pears; on Tuesday, I sold 16 more than 1/2 of the remainder, and had 20 pears left. How many had I at first?”
Two books claim to have the answer. But the answer each one presents is very different from the other.
P.T. Barnum: king of ballyhoo, prince of humbugs, sultan of spin … giver of financial advice? As Barnum himself said, there’s a sucker born every minute.
Are children’s chapter stories and YA fiction books real novels?
The copycat plot and abrupt ending aren’t the real problem with “Beneath the Attic.” It’s something involving a 100-year-old cake.