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» Literary Smackdown

An essay series in which authors sound off on various writing topics

Brian Francis vs. C.S. Richardson: To tweet or not to tweet  »

Literary Smackdown, Battle Eleven: Are you a writer who thrives on Twitter?

Andrew Kaufman vs. Cathy Marie Buchanan: Is it better to write with or without music?  »

Is it better to write with music, or without? Behold our latest authorial battle.





Peter Watts vs. Minister Faust: Can sci-fi be a happy place?  »

Is sci-fi de facto dystopic? Behold our latest authorial battle.

Sharon Butala vs. Jane Urquhart: Read past work/Never look back  »

Is reading your past books ever a good idea? Behold our latest authorial battle.





Shyam Selvadurai vs. Robert Hough: Write what you know/Write what you don't  »

Does the richest fiction come from writing what you know or looking outside your own experience? Behold our latest authorial battle.

Joëlle Anthony vs. Rabindranath Maharaj: Write in private/write in public  »

Is writing at its best behind closed doors, or does it thrive in a crowd? Behold our latest authorial battle.





Russell Smith vs. Lynn Coady: Let's write about sex! No, let's not!  »

Are sex scenes an essential part of a character's story, or a glimpse into the seedier nooks of the author's mind?

Helen Humphreys vs. Zsuzsi Gartner: Past or future?  »

Battle Four of our Literary Smackdown series:historical vs. speculative fiction — which is more compelling to write?