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15 Sci-Fi Books You Should Definitely Read

Science fiction is a vast, expansive genre with many, many great stories from giant robots to alien invasions to exploring distant stars. And while …

Science Fiction

The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2015 So Far

Generation ships, sentient forests, exploding moons — there has been no shortage of action, speculation, and mystery in the year’s best sci-fi and …

Vol.1 Brooklyn’s August 2015 Books Preview

Looking at the books due out this month, one can find an impressive array of styles, genres, and aesthetics on display. Do you like incisive essays …

Revealing a Character's Past Without Falling Into Backstory

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b> <i><br>This week's Refresher Friday takes another look at avoiding backstory, while still showing a character's history.</i><br>A …

How to Create a Compelling Character, Addendum: More Thoughts on the Moment of Humanity

<i>The original piece for this was here, but I keep expanding the definition, so I thought it was time for a re-write.</i> <br>Your heroes have a lot of work to …

What Constitutes An Internal Conflict?

Great dramatic characterizations are a very nuanced proposition; that is, they often defy formulas or precedent. Terry Malloy in <i>On the Waterfront,</i> …

How *Anyone* Can Become a Better Writer

<i>Editor’s note: After reading</i> Glamour<i>‘s “Best Book of the Summer,”</i> Eight Hundred Grapes<i>, a beautifully-written novel about a family and the messy</i> …

Creative Writing

Plot is only one part of Story Structure

I don’t read the so-called screenwriting ‘gurus’. Rather through my blog or teaching, I deal with writers who have plowed through their books, …

Screenwriting

Eliminate these 5 words and phrases to simplify your writing - The Business Journals

By Rachel Bell <br>– Contributing Writer,<p>Aug 4, 2015, 10:25am EDT<p>When people ask me to share writing tips, my answer is always the same. Simplify. You’ll …

Writing

9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

Whether you’re writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring …

Writing

Quick Writing Fix: Improving Story Endings - Linda S. Clare

This can’t be the end!<p>I’ve read bestselling novels where the story felt as though it should end but instead the novel went on for many more pages. …

Creative Writing

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction (And How to Use It in Your Story)

Today, I have a special treat for you guys. Author, speaker, editor and long-time W.A.N.A. International Instructor Marcy Kennedy is here to talk …

How To Create An Emotionally Driven Crazy Person

Sometimes when the worst happens, we have to live and let live. Other times, it’s completely normal to go insane. Derek Kolstad’s screenplay for <i>John</i> …

Screenwriting

Use Your Five Senses in Your Writing

I’m a director who has mostly directed his own screenplays. Therefore, I tend to be a little more descriptive in my screenwriting than others. I’ve …

Short Stories: 6 reasons you should write them

By Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper<p>How often have you heard somebody say they want to publish a novel one day? Whether in real life, or in shows, movies, and …

Creative Writing

How to Write 5,000 Words a Day

For at least 16 consecutive days now, I’ve been averaging 5,000 words a day; that’s around 80,000 words in a little over 2 weeks.<p>In the past, I’ve …

Time Management

No time to Write? Here’s a 3-Step Solution.

by Ruthanne ReidReal life often gives us no time to write.In an ideal world, we’d all have that perfect writer’s schedule. We’d rise early and toss …

The 5 Things Productive Writers Do Differently - Book Launch

Learn How to Sell More Books<p>Get my 7-day course on how to connect with readers, build your platform, and <b>sell more books</b>.<p>Get Free Access Now<p>Just let …

Disappointed by Go Set a Watchman? Sorry, that’s the risk inherent in fiction | John Mullan

The bookshop in Michigan offering refunds for Harper Lee’s novel is setting an odd precedent. Imagine if this set the pattern for all our cultural disappointments<p>You can’t help but feel that Brilliant Books in Michigan is setting a dangerous precedent. This previously obscure independent bookstore …

8 books that America's most prestigious private schools love to assign for summer reading

The works spanned centuries, genres, and continents, to appeal to a wide array of students' personal reading tastes.<p>However, of the hundreds of books we pored through, eight works kept showing up on multiple schools' lists.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read in August

The summer is almost over—but the beach reads keep on coming. Including brand new series by N.K. Jemisin and David Drake. A brand new Christopher …

How Reading To Children Can Transform Their Brains

Educators have long encouraged parents to read aloud to their children from the moment they’re born, stressing that every new word and sound …

One Busy Mom's Absolute Never-Fail Sanity-Saving Trick: Reading Books

In the months after my first child was born eight years ago, I had a mix of feelings most new parents experience: I was elated, exhausted, scared, …

Want to write a book? You can if you've got 75 minutes spare

A group of people will attempt to write a book in a little over an hour at Nine Worlds Geekfest this weekend. Don’t expect it to be in next year’s Booker longlist<p>Every year, writers across the world struggle through the month of November to hit a seemingly impossible target: write a whole novel in …

Writing

Stop Feeding the Beast – The Reading Myths We Pass on As Truth

“This is not a “girl” book even if the cover makes you think it is, boys can love it too…”And I stop myself. And I cringe inwardly. And I want to …

The Big Read: Reading between the lions

I don't have a lot of time. Facebook is coming for me. So I'll get straight to it. Firstly, I suspect that the dentist has some emotional issues he …