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Julian Barnes: master of fiction with whole worlds living in his prose

The award-winning author of Flaubert’s Parrot will turn 70 this year and his remarkable new novel about Shostakovich is out this month. His admirers know to expect the unexpected<p>In 1989, in the closing pages of his novel <i>A History of the World in 10½ Chapters</i>, Julian Barnes imagined what heaven …

Literature

8 things I wish I’d known before writing my first novel

Award-winning author Kate Mosse reveals her top tips for making a career out of writing books<p>‘As a former editor in publishing, I had a bit of a head …

What Acclaimed Writers Love About the Writing Life

Over the years, I've had the incredibly good fortune of interviewing many of the most widely-read novelists on the planet. I often (but not always) ask certain questions of each author. One of my favorites is: <b>What do you love about the writing life?</b><p><b>Here are excerpted answers from some highly</b> …

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies To Sell 350 Million Books

The bestselling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Creative Writing

10 Best Grammar Resources for Aspiring Writers

There’s nothing romantic about being an aspiring writer. No muse will come and bestow brilliant ideas upon you, magically producing pure literary …

Creative Writing

A lonely story: the perils of writing in solitude

It worked for George Orwell and Henry Thoreau – but for Adrian McKinty, a retreat deep in rural Australia was a very sad tale indeed<p>The life of the professional novelist is an agreeable one: you make your own hours, you do your best work in your pyjamas and Ugg boots, and no boss glares at you when …

Literature

15 Web Resources for Writers and Readers

Topic Started: Sep 4 2015, 02:24 PM (2,603 Views)<p>Sep 4 2015, 02:24 PM Post #1<p>Administrator<p>Posts:565Group:AdminsMember#1Joined:Aug 31, 2015<p>Reading, …

21 Writing Quotes on Getting Started

There is something very special about new beginnings. As I prepared to launch this blog I checked out some tips from well-known authors on ‘getting …

How to Become a Novelist (Part 1): Write a Novel

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting some info on how to become a novelist. Here’s the first, an infodumpographic and general Q&A on the …

How to Increase Your Writing Creativity by Doing Nothing

Every writer goes through a creative dry spell. And sometimes that point of struggle can leave an author straining her brain for the right idea, plot …

Inventions

So you want to become a writer. (Let me show you how to do it)

The Value of Not Understanding Everything: Grace Paley’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.”<p><i>“As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,”</i> the editors of <i>The Paris Review</i> wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist <b>Grace</b> …

Literature

Creative writing lessons from Patricia Highsmith

Earlier this month, Reading group contributor Mmeritt1 recommended Patricia Highsmith’s book Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. It is “edifying and inspirational”, s/he wrote. And s/he is absolutely right.<p>The book is as unusual as you might expect and hope for from Patricia Highsmith. An …

Creative Writing

5 Books That Will Improve Your Writing

Remove the fanfare and most writing advice boils down to read more, write more, and get better feedback.<p>Let's talk about that first one. If writing is output, reading is often the most important input. You'll understand what makes Hemingway's writing exceptional (or overrated) by reading his books, …

Writing

7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer

The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It's why people can sit on a draft for weeks — every time they …

How to NOT Let Others Sabotage Your Writing

As a writer, you have a <i>responsibility to protect</i> your writing from others…<p>There must be something in the air. A writer from my blog recently emailed …

Writing

Four Questions To Ask When Your Writing Is Stuck

I’ve worked with hundreds of genre novelists over the past few years, as an editor, “plotstorm” partner, and coach. My job is to help them take the …

Writing

30 High-Impact Ways to Level Up Your Writing

<i>This is a guest contribution from freelance blogger and email copywriter Hassan Ud-deen.</i><p>Ever feel like your writing could be better?<p>If you’re a …

Five Habits New Writers Should Develop – About Writing: Part 3

This is the third in my series About Writing. Check out Part 1 for a step-by-step guide to writing your first short story, or Part 2 to learn more …

Why The Best Fantasy Stories Include Mundane Everyday Life

<i>Anne Leonard's fantasy novel Moth and Spark comes out in paperback today. To celebrate, Leonard's written us an essay about how the "mundane" and</i> …

Fantasy Fiction

Your Baby from 28 to 30 Months: Reading & Writing

Your toddler picks up a book as if she can read, scribbles her name (sort of), and wants to play with other kids. Now if only she could share...<p>Becoming a Big Kid<p>Give your child a book now, and she'll probably hold it the right way and turn the pages as if she's reading. But she couldn't be reading …

Parenting

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

If someone asked you what "counting" means, you might say that it means being able to say numbers in order: <i>one</i>, <i>two</i>, <i>three</i>, <i>four</i>, <i>five</i>....<p>It's important that children know how to do this, but it's actually not a math skill -- it's a memory skill. Being able to recite the words for the numbers in order …

Mathematics

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 …

University writing programs deliver, so let's turn the page

Whether creative writing can be taught is a question that has been debated on and off for decades. Are writers born, is the question, or can they be …

Creative Writing