Junot Diaz burst onto the literary scene when he was 28, a young Dominican who wrote about growing up poor and fatherless in New Jersey. But when it came time to write a novel, he got stuck on page 75.
How do you imagine the modern woman? Does she stuff her bra with tennis balls? Does she drink too much at class reunions, or steal animals from the zoo? According to Alissa Nutting, she definitely does. The BMI writer talks about her fresh approach to the modern-day, dysfunctional woman.
Writers have to imagine themselves in other people's lives when they're building characters. But what does it take to be an American writer imagining the lives of Korean war victims and Argentine women during a revolution? We talk to playwright Lavonne Mueller about creating stories. More