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Writing to Win

One of the great mysteries of the writer’s life is the transformation that occurs when he or she passes from being an unpublished to a published …

Where do you write from: the head, the heart, or the mouth?

Jimmy Chen created this fun venn diagram for HTMLGiant, saying:<p>I think of all writing being from the <b>head</b> (pros: cerebral, conceptual; cons: didactic, …

Brainstorming: Tips For Getting More Out Of “What if…”

By Sharla Rae<p>Some writers brainstorm on their own, some do it with another writer or a group of writers. My personal favorite is ‘what-ifing’ with my …

Create Key Moments with Secondary Characters

Before we move away from characters for a while, I’d like to get you thinking a bit more about those secondary characters. My aim in this blog is to …

"Listening to Books is Cheating" and 7 More Myths About Audiobooks

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

How to Start a Novel

Time to confess:<br>I’m a closet novelist.<p>For the last six years, I’ve been sitting on a great plot, but I find the idea of writing a novel daunting.<p>A …

Writing

21 Vintage Curse Words That Are More Funny Than Offensive Today

In 1939, Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, ended "Gone With The Wind" with the world's most famous dismissive zinger: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." At the time, it was a bit of a shocker, even though the expletive had been uttered a year earlier in "Pygmalion."<p>Today, swearing is a …

The Mansion of Many Apartments: John Keats’s Metaphor for Life

On May 3, 1818, <b>John Keats</b> — beloved poet, porridge-master, proponent of “negative capability” as the root of creativity — wrote to his friend John Hamilton Reynolds, an aspiring-poet-turned-lawyer, who would later introduce Keats to his future publisher. Found in <b>Selected Letters of John Keats</b></i> …

25 Big Novels That Are Worth Your Time

What we love about big novels is that you have to get really comfortable with them. A big page count usually equals a big chunk of time, meaning you …

Literature

Linguistic Mistakes Everyone Has to Stop Making in 2014

Perhaps more than others, writers can fall into bad habits. (By <i>writers,</i> in this case, I mean anyone who puts his or her thoughts down in words.)<p>Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint.<p>The latest …

Literary Pets: The Cats, Dogs, and Birds Famous Authors Loved

The wonderful recent <i>Lost Cat</i> memoir, one of my favorite books of the past few years, reminded me of how central, yet often unsuspected, a role pets have played in famous authors’ lives throughout literary history.<p>Cats have inspired Joyce’s children’s books, T. S. Eliot’s poetry, Gay Talese’s …

First Time Authors Normally Get a $10,000 Advance from a Major Publishing Company

Getting inked to a major publishing company is something all authors dream about doing. First time authors normally have no clue on what the average …

Where To Submit Your Manuscript: June 2013

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, …