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21 Pieces of Writing Advice From Stephen King

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Writing and Publishing a Novel in 589 Easy Steps

I wrote a novel.<p>It has been months now since I signed my first publishing contract, and I'm still struggling to process the meaning of those four words.<p>The book will be published in a few short days, and while I'm optimistic, I'm also an unknown and first-time author, so my expectations for …

BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

February 15, 2015<p>Is it a snack, appetizer or a meal? Who cares? It’s a quesadilla and it’s good eats! I remember the first time I tried quesadillas. …

'Spring Forward' With These 12 Quick Brunch Recipes

These 12 quick brunch recipes are perfect to make when you've lost an hour of sleep (thanks Daylight Savings!).<p>For those of us who like sleep (that is, everyone) it's the most dreaded morning of the year: The day we "spring forward" into Daylight Savings Time. The bad news: We've lost an hour. The …

Breakfast

3 Tips on How Not to Stink at Writing

Do you write as a hobby? Do you never have worries about how not to stink at writing? Do you belly up to the keyboard just to dip into your brain’s …

4 Keys to Beautiful Writing

by The Magic ViolinistWhat is beautiful writing? What kind of sentence (or paragraph, or page), makes us pull out a pencil and underline? When we see …

Writing Winning Short Stories by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Resources for Writers<p>Writing Winning Short Stories by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin<p>Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin ©.<br>Posted in Resources (Better Fiction …

Deadline Approaches for Travel Writing Contest

After hosting its first writing contest last spring, the literary travel magazine <i>Nowhere</i> is currently accepting submissions to its inaugural Fall …

Creative Writing

Plot Outline Creation - 7 Methods

You’ve possibly been told many times to outline your book, but perhaps not <i>how</i> to create a plot outline. These seven ways to write a story outline …

Wheel of emotions poster for writers

Related Articles<p>A while ago I shared one of these on Twitter and recommending printing it out and putting it near the desk; somebody asked “do you …

11 Ways to Promote Your Book Year Round

I probably don't have to tell you that marketing your book is a year-round endeavor. Today's digital world provides you with endless ways to market your book and connect directly with your readers. Just like we all build relationships in the real world... with an investment of your time, you can …

Social Media

Writing Fiction for Young Adults

There’s no question about it: The young adult (YA) audience is a hot market, one that is steadily growing in popularity and garnering attention from …

Five Powerful Tools for Writers

Whether you’re gearing up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or just want some new writing tools to help things along, here are some great …

Why Character Names Are the Secret Ingredient to Your Story

This guest post is by Elise Abram. Elise is an English and Computer Studies teacher by day, wife and mother by night, and author whenever she can …

Write a book title with the star power of Harry Potter

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>If you’re reading this article, the title has done its job. It piqued your interest and made you want to find out more, which …

5 Things About Writing I Wish I’d Known 20 Years Ago

Last week, I visited California College of the Arts to talk to the current crop of MFA candidates about writing and publishing. I taught at CCA for …

This is the best advice on writing we've read

Being a writer is hard. It’s not just about sitting down with a notebook and a pen, or in front of your laptop, and getting to work. Sure, that’s a …

6 Free Writing Podcasts

Connect with Us<p>6 Free Writing Podcasts<p>It’s rare to come across writing tools that are completely free and actually useful. You can ring up quite a …

How to Write Your Story in 6 Steps

<b>Note:</b> This is a guest post by Claire De Boer, she is a certified Journal Instructor and teaches online workshops at www.thegiftofwriting.com. …

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers

<b>Online Creative Writing Courses, Ideas, and Inspiration</b><p>Welcome to CWN, where you'll find <b>creative writing courses</b>, <b>ideas</b>, <b>prompts</b>, <b>free online classes</b>, …

Write Your Way to Success

<i>source: IStock</i><p>Writing is a secret success weapon that's often overlooked. Becoming a consistent writer, recording your thoughts in a journal, can bring many benefits. Regardless of your occupation or what kind of business you run, writing can help you succeed in many ways. When you think of some of …

Living the Creative Writing Life

Posted by Melissa Donovan on November 25, 2014 ·<p>Are you living the writing life?<p>The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines <i>lifestyle</i> as “a particular way …

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

There's a quote by Flannery O'Connor currently making the rounds on Facebook:<p>"Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and …

Writing

App Offers 1,000 Ways to Beat Writers' Block

Getting stuck with writer's block is a huge pain. Since each person's writing style differs, creative prompts can be very hit-or-miss.<p>The Prompts app …

A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your …

4 Ways To Write Every Day

I need to write every single day.<p>Everyone's different, I know that. What works for others doesn't always work for me and what works for me won't …

Why is dystopian fiction still so popular?

Okay, I'm going to blame it on the darker nights – why I'm disproportionately dog-shown–the-lead excited about watching the third instalment of the dystopian phenomenon, The Hunger Games, when it comes out this week.<p>Winter can do that to me. It was through a charmless January that I wrote my debut …

Why We Terraformed a New Home for Future Fiction

Why Motherboard just started publishing the best science fiction on the internet.<p><i>Motherboard just launched</i> Terraform<i>, a hub dedicated to publishing future fiction. This is why.</i><p>Science fiction is everywhere. It may be our most popular, and populist, of genres. We can't seem to get enough of it in …

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

12 Top Writing Tips for Beginners | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onNovember 27, 2014 in Starting Self-Publishing, Writing A Book<p>Alison Jack, editor and novelist<p>ALLi partner member Alison Jack, who is a …