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10 Habits You Should Abandon Now to Improve Productivity

They say that you have the same number of hours in the day as Beyonce — so why does it feel like you’re never able to get caught up on your business …

Time Management

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

10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and writer for The Wire, told the Hay Festival how he went from working class Boston to a life of literary acclaim<p>Dennis Lehane is the author of a dozen novels including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. His television credits include seasons of …

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata

Photo by t_buchtele via FlickrToday’s guest post is by Penny Sansevieri (@bookgal) and is adapted from her book <i>How to Sell Books by the Truckload on</i> …

Revision Prep: Create a Revision Plan

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><br>We’re down to the final days before the At-Home Revision Workshop begins. If you’ve been playing along at home, you …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Word Counts - How long should your novel be?

<b>Before I begin</b> Before I get into the numbers in this post, I want to make it clear that you can write a book of any length. Nobody is prescribing how …

10 sci-fi novel opening lines that'll take your breath away

• Facebook1.2K<br>• StumbleUpon54.4K<br>• 55.7Kshares<p>The opening sentence of a science fiction novel, perhaps more than any other genre, has a lot of work to do. …

How to Write a Romance Novel

For something that is so important in our lives, it’s surprising how often love gets clichéd treatment in songs, books, movies and more. You can …

Creative Writing

Five tips for would-be writers – No 1: if you want to shine, you have to polish

The road to publication is often paved with rejection, says myfirstbookdeal.com blogger Caroline Madden, where she interviews authors such as Donal …

Creative People Say No

A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting …

The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid difficulty, as Nietzsche believed. Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui …

The 10 Best Stock Art Sites to Get Photos and Illustrations for Your Book Cover

This is one of the questions I’m asked most often: <b>Where can I get good images for my book cover?</b> I discuss various stock photo sites and other ways …

Publication Design

Wendy's LA4HIRE: Best Screenwriting Tips for Great Dialogue

<i>Wendy Kram is a producer and the owner of LA FOR HIRE, a consulting company for screenwriters, filmmakers and production companies needing script</i> …

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

If you want to get your book published, you have more choices than ever to accomplish your goal, and the path can be confusing if you’re new to the …

30 Authors On How To Be Funny

Some of the funniest people in the world are authors and yet authors never actually tell jokes. So how the hell do they do it? Here's 30 superb …

Annie Dillard on How to Live with Mystery, the Two Ways of Looking, and the Secret of Seeing

“I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.”<p>In her 1984 novel <i>The Lover</i>, Marguerite Duras wrote that “the art of seeing has to be learned.” It is a sentiment at once poetic and practical — cognitive science now knows that our brains invest a great deal of …

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

Ten years ago, my first novel Prep came out. Three novels later, here's what I've learned about the publishing industry and writing since then.<p>1. When it comes to fellow writers, don't buy into the narcissism of small differences. In all their neurotic, competitive, smart, funny glory, other …

10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them

<b>Guest Post by Jack Smith</b><p>When you write and revise your fiction, you deal with a host of problems. With some novels, it’s hard to decide on the right …