Warren Adler

The blog

Warren Adler’s blogs have provided priceless knowledge and guidance for writers and readers alike. Touching on topics ranging from literature to technology to politics, Warren Adler’s blogs have been featured on Huffington Post, the Library Journal, Publishing Perspectives, and EContent Magazine.

The Role of the Fiction Writer in Our Current Presidential Election

The true test of talent for a fiction writer is the ability to imagine pain, angst, despair, discouragement, frustration as well as joy, ecstasy, elation and pleasure. This is the power that runs the machine of character creation that lies at the very heart of storytelling. As we fiction practitioners…

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What Does it Mean to be “Based On a True Story”?

I have always been somewhat amused by the phrase ‘Based on a True Story’ that I see on book covers and movie screens. The line is of course a marketing strategy to connect potential readers or viewers with what is essentially a fictional interpretation of an authentic, perhaps remembered, contemporary…

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Will TV/Film Kill the Literary Star?

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading. Having lived through the golden age of Hollywood films shown in…

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Why Should Novelists Be Politically Correct?

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published. While I…

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Lying About My Age: A Reflection on Ageism

I am seriously thinking about lying about my age. Of course it’s impossible. The internet has my age engraved in perpetuity. I notice the difference immediately after my most casual face-to-face social revelation of the “number” – even if it is merely a reminder to my friends and my children.…

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Remembering Ruth Rendell 1930 – 2015

I am greatly saddened by the death of the brilliant novelist Ruth Rendell. Although she was dubbed a “crime” writer she was much more. Her work probed deeply into the psychological aspects of the human condition. She wrote a masterful series, The Inspector Wexford novels, about the inner workings of…

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Let’s Hear it For Monica Lewinsky

I have only seen brief snippets of “The View” on television. As an older white male, I’m hardly the demographic they are looking for, but the news that Barbara Walters is eagerly pushing Monica Lewinsky to appear on “The View” as, perhaps, a regular, sounds to me like a brilliant…

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