Articles by Chloe Benjamin

August 11, 2015

Kill Your Darlings: Five Writers on the Cutting Room Floor 0

I did the right thing, erasing the four words from my story. I have been churlish and bitter about it ever since.

February 23, 2015

The End of the End: Writers on Last Lines 2

Writing the final pages of a novel is difficult enough, but then comes the final challenge. It’s the end of the end, the last stop on the line, the dazzling dismount: a damn good closing sentence.

November 6, 2014

Name Your Darlings: Writers on the Titling Process 6

The process of titling remains individualized and mysterious: methods range from intuition to reason, from revelation to painful labor. Here, five contemporary authors tell us about theirs.

September 15, 2014

The Profits of Dreaming: On Fiction and Sleep 4

But in the absence of conclusive evidence, sleep’s utility—like that of fiction—is still in doubt. How much, in the end, does either one matter?

July 28, 2014

The Book That Wasn’t: 5 Fiction Writers Talk About their Novels in Drawers 4

What are we to do to with our books that weren’t? How can we learn from them, and when should we let them go?