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The Old Testament and Visionary Fiction

This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: <i>The Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the</i> …

Spirituality

Visionary Fiction Conventions and Obligatory Scenes

What are genres? Genres are conventions that manage reader expectations. Choosing the right genre for your story – before writing it – is a crucial …

Spirituality

Setting the Stage: Visionary & Metaphysical Fiction - guest post by Karen Rider

<i>Editor’s Note: Karen Rider’s insightful article was originally published in January, 2013 on our VFA blog site. We thought the discussion it</i> …

Creative Writing

Authors Reviewing Authors

Authors reviewing authors – is that a good or a bad idea? It depends. When I stumbled upon an online group where authors can exchange reviews, I …

Work With The Stars

Are you swimming against currents? Out of sync with the universe? In the wrong place at the wrong time again? No synchronicities?<p>If you experience …

The Mind’s Miraculosity

The mind is a miraculous thing, but it needs to be in a serene state to <i>write</i> for an author. A writer needs an environment that gives him peace of …

Your Elusive Creative Genius

<i>Your Elusive Creative Genius</i> is a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert who muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the …

How I Bake My Stories

This is how I bake my stories: on the first day I smash ideas, images, and concepts on the table. That’s flour, water, and leaven to make the dough. …

Specificity for Non-Fiction Storytelling

How do you tell a great story for non-fiction? I’m used to just stringing facts together, but the great writers can tell a true story just as …

Writing

The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie

<i>The Danger of a Single Story</i> is a TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist …

The Beauty of Being a Misfit

<i>The Beauty of Being a Misfit</i> is a TED talk by Lidia Yuknavitch. To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author …

The Author’s Inner Fairy by Stefan Emunds

What is the author’s inner fairy? The secret of the magic of writing is buried deep in our subconsciousness. Our subconsciousness is exceptionally …

How to Deal With the Writer’s Block

In order to understand how we create the writer’s block, we need to understand our mentalica first. Our personality has six chief …

Kindle Advertising 101: Get Your Book in Front of Amazon Shoppers at Will! - Self-Publishing School Blog

Publishing your book on Amazon is only the first step.<p>The next part, and usually the hardest, is getting that book in front of the right book …

Poetry Frees the Soul

Why does poetry free the soul? “It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back.” Cristina Domenech teaches writing at an Argentinian …

How to self-publish a book in 2016 (and avoid getting ripped off!)

A Beginner's Guide to the World of Self-Publishing

The Holy Grail of Self

How did I find the The Holy Grail of Self-publishing? A few month ago I read a tweet of Paolo Coelho, author of <i>The Alchemist</i>, and the king of the …

Write with Heart Publish With Head

Try to keep writing and self-publishing in two different departments. Put your heart and soul into writing, but use your head for publishing. Why? …

An Author's Life

<b>The Baby Writer</b><p>A baby author is born, hallelujah! Babies are selfish and introverted and so is the new-born author. (S)he writes with spectacular …

10 Things Extroverts Need to Do in Order to Write Well

Ok, so I’m not actually trapped. I like it here. I’m just sorta baffled at how I actually happened. I’m sure there are more of us out there. But like …

Creative Writing

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a …

Creative Writing

35 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. I always have coffee before I write.<p>I find other …

Writing

What’s the Best Way to Write a Blog Post? Marketers Weigh In

I write content for the HubSpot Blog every day, and after more than a year of doing it, I like to think I have a good system.It starts with drinking …

Creative Writing

The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write

A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue.<p>I had written five books for Scott Moyers, following him as he moved from editing jobs at Scribner’s to Random House and then to Penguin Press. We worked well together, and in part thanks to his strong editing hand, my last three …

Writing

Bring life to your writing with anagrams

Metaphors, rhyme and alliteration can help you paint pictures with words and add sparkle to your copy.<p>In looking for ways to keep my writing clever …

Best writing apps for iPhone and iPad

If you want to write on your iPhone or iPad, pick up one of these apps.Both the iPhone and iPad can be great tools for writers, with both offering …