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Lists of the Best Sentences — Opening, Closing, and Otherwise — in English-Language Novels

I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.<p>— James …

Literature

Stephen King: How I wrote Carrie

The author describes the inspirations for his first novel, and how the horror landmark – 40 years old this week – was very nearly destroyed<p>• Top horror writers on the lasting impact of Carrie • Carrie at 40 - quiz<p>While he was going to college my brother Dave worked summers as a janitor at Brunswick …

Lessons from Stephen King and “Valley of the Dolls”: Reading 100 years of bestsellers

What the most popular books of the past century taught one writer about America’s strange taste in fiction<p>When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his professors that the bestselling book of 1926 was "The Private Life of Helen …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes | Writer's Digest

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. …

Creative Writing

9 Key Elements Of Great Endings For Books And Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.

After a reader finishes a book or a short story, it’s often the ending that resonates most strongly. In some ways, the whole book is about its …

Writing

Where New Writers Can Get Published - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Who is publishing work by new writers? If you’ve been in the publishing industry long enough, you’ve probably heard a writer lament, “In order to get …

The Art Of Using Correct Verb Tenses In Your Writing

<i>By Writer's Relief Staff:</i><p>Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to read through distracting or confusing verb tenses. If one sentence has so many varying tenses that readers don’t know if you’re coming or going, you can be …

How I Sold My Supernatural Thriller, By Matt Manochio

Every aspiring author dreams of that first book contract. I landed one in April 2010 when Dorchester Publishing bought my crime thriller, <i>The</i> …

How America Learned to Hear Itself Talk

In the August, 1868, issue of the San Francisco-based literary journal <i>The Overland Monthly</i>, a brief review of the pulpy latest by the popular writer John Esten Cooke opened with this pronouncement: “The great North American novelist has not yet appeared. Whether he be hidden in the womb of time, or …

How to Market a Book and Strengthen Your Author Platform with Goodreads

Imagine a magical place that gathers together 17 million of the most passionate readers who want to talk about, review and buy your book.<p>A place that …

Writing

Top Ten Ways To Annoy Literary Agents - Writer's Relief, Inc.

At Writer’s Relief our submission strategists are always on hand so our clients know the best ways to interact with literary agents. Even if you’re …

How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Writers of ages past produced their masterworks without a computer, or even a typewriter, for centuries. Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare—each made …

Free Publishing Resources For Writers: Your Tool Kit Essentials

Your Publishing Tool Kit: A Free Resource For Creative Writers<p>Please take advantage of these FREE resources for creative writers! Essential …

Writing

Your Character's Flaw is His Greatest Strength

Last weekend I attended the Washington Romance Writers annual retreat and, in addition to having a fulfilling and inspiring experience, I actually …

Information Security

Ernest Hemingway’s Very First Published Stories, Free as an eBook

"I like the early stuff": the classic masculine comment to make about the work of a well-known creator, demonstrating as it does the cultural …

How to Start Your Novel

By Chuck Sambuchino<p>One of the most common reasons why agents and editors stop reading sample pages is simply that <i>the story starts too slow</i>. Gone are …

Writing