• body of water with a hand rising out holding a sparkler.

    One medium-sized word, but, utter it in a room full of writers, and it will chill the audience. Neil Gaiman hates it too. And most authors struggle to answer this question (like Stephen King, John Irving, and Alan Hollinghurst), and yet it resurfaces from one interview to the next. Would-be writers beg for the proverbial ...