Tag Archives: Carla Norton

The Writing Life: FAQs

  I get a kick out of talking with interested readers and aspiring writers, and the past few weeks have been jam-packed with presentations at various events: a book festival, a crime writers’ conference, and an annual assembly of state librarians. For me, one of the highlights comes toward the end of the hour when the floor is open for questions. Since not everyone can make the time or afford the cost of a conference, I’d like to share a selection of frequently asked questions Continue reading →

MFA? Yes, please, but hold the kale

Writings posted on the internet have a shelf life shorter than strawberries, so it’s a surprise each time there’s a new buzz of interest about an article I wrote a couple of years ago titled The Pros and Cons of Getting a Creative Writing MFA. Its latest circulation by WritersDigest.com is especially timely since I’m about to fly to Vermont to give a reading at Goddard College as a visiting alumna. I’m flooded with warm feelings prior to my trip north (which is fortunate, considering Continue reading →

Breaking News: Crisis Reveals Character

With the daily carnage on our streets and all the conflict pouring out of the Middle East, it’s hard not to despair. You might recoil from all the violence and hate-speech, but if you’re writing a novel—and can keep your hands from shaking—I suggest you shed your fear and open your eyes. There’s no shortage of villainous material. If you need a model for your antagonist, there are plenty of individuals clamoring for your attention. And in the midst of crisis, you can count on the Continue reading →

Going Hollywood

People have started asking me about book-to-film adaptations as though I have special insight into Hollywood’s alchemy. Naturally, I’m thrilled that The Edge of Normal is being adapted to film, but I’m a novelist, not a screenwriter. It’s true that I signed up for a screenwriting seminar several years ago. (I went with the talented Sarah Lovett, whose name you’ll find on the masthead above.) Robert McKee’s three-day seminar was eye-opening, not only in terms of craft, but also because, as I sat in that huge Los Continue reading →