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Vow to Write Better, Not Faster in 2016, Despite Our Binge-Loving Culture

Recently, I was skimming the front pages of the New York Times book review when I caught this item: Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel, "Here I Am," is coming out next fall. I'm looking forward to reading it--I admired his earlier novels, "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly …

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.<p>I simply refused. I had put the plot on the page and given birth to the characters, and in my view these were so set in stone, I might as well …

Writing a Plot Summary

<b>A popular post from February 2010</b><br>By Josi S. Kilpack<br>As with many elements of writing, a Plot Summary has different definitions. Some people use as an …

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 11: Find Your Voice

So far in this series, I've been offering tips that can be used right away, by just about anyone who writes.<p>But now we come to something that can require significant time and dedication: finding your voice as a writer. The good news is you can start making progress today.<p>What is does it mean to …

'The Most Dangerous Writing App' Is A Terrifying Productivity Tool

As anyone who has ever tried to write a large body of words will know, writer's block is a very real thing.<p>Well now an app has been created which …

I Improved My Writing With Grammarly, and So Can You

The next time you have to produce an important email, cover letter, or term paper, let Grammarly guide you toward more impressive results.<p>PCMag …

Proselint is a "style checker" for your writing

Proselint isn't a grammar checker. It's a "style" checker, warning writers when their work is hackneyed, inconsistent or <i>very obviously not …

What is literary fiction? How to develop a literary writing voice

What is literary fiction? A valid question. People often make distinctions between genre and literary fiction although the division is not always as …

Creative Writing

The productivity trick one author used to write over 40 books

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.<p>Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day.<p>His strategy is explained in Mason Currey's book, …

Time Management

Book Marketing - What have we learnt from 200+ campaigns.

A good writer should bleed. Not literally but figuratively. People connect with honesty where the writer is a little vulnerable. We have given this …

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long …

Creative Writing

How Successful Authors Use Twitter To Promote Their Brand

To busy authors, Twitter can be a chaotic jungle. Given that Twitter is an important part of your author platform, how much should you be tweeting? …

Writers' Rituals and Why They Work | Robin Storey

<b>We writers are a weird bunch</b>…<p>For a start, anyone who spends a lot of their time hanging out with imaginary people has to be just a wee bit crazy. And …

New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do

Sometimes inspiration is dangerous. One of my best recipes for “dreamzoning” is a campfire and music on a moonbright summer night. The good part? My …

7 Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel DURING Revision

Pay attention to timeline issues, character development/arcs, character motivations, scene motivations, pacing, etc.<p>Today we’re going to talk about …

Creative Writing

How To Write A Great Author Bio That Will Connect With Readers

Does your author bio induce snoring?<p>Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze.<p>If you’re afraid the above sentence may describe you, well …

7 Ways I Jumpstarted My Author Platform

I’m a marketing professional and blogger who runs an online short story publication … so I’ve been in the game of building an audience online for …

Writing

10 Writing Lessons I Learned From Interviewing 30 Bestselling Authors

Stay focused and get more writing done<p>Having interviewed more than 30 bestselling authors over the past year on my podcast, I've learned a lot about how they overcome distractions and mental blocks and get down to work each day.<p>I like to ask them about their writing process: How they get started …

15 Pieces of Writing Advice from C. S. Lewis

In his letters and other sources, C. S. Lewis left various bits of advice on the craft of writing. Below are 15 of the things he said. The bold is my …

Creative Writing

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

Students who take notes by hand outperform students who type, and more type these days, new studies show<p>By<p>Robert Lee Hotz<p>Laptops and organizer apps make pen and paper seem antique, but handwriting appears to focus classroom attention and boost learning in a way that typing notes on a keyboard does …

Note-Taking

10 Inspiring Reasons to Become a Writer

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

4 Tips to Help You Write With Clarity and Substance

Prose that's effortless to read takes great effort to write.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketing at Help Scout</i><p>Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly …

How To Write Down Notes You Will Remember - PsyBlog

Study compares writing by hand with real and virtual keyboards.<p>Writing by hand strengthens memory in comparison to writing on a real or virtual …

Why this YA author tackled mental illness, homophobia and the power of Star Trek

Being a teenager is far from easy, but being a teenager struggling with mental health issues can be a nightmare.<p>This is the issue that award-winning …

12 Writing Tips From Famous Authors

There are a great number of ways to write in this world, just as there are a great number of writers. Many of us have studied the craft, many of us …

Writing

Twitter for Writers—Eight Ways to Nuke Your Brand

Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commins via Per GoscheI’ve been an advocate of writers using social media since 2004, before social media was …

Social Media

Branding 101 For Authors: What you Need to Know

(Updated 4/20/2016) Today I want to discuss a basic concept that seems to confuse most authors: branding. Branding sounds like one of those scary, …

Writing

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

The Edge of Impossibility: Tragic Forms in Literature

<b>Author:</b> Joyce Carol Oates<b><br>Publisher:</b> Vanguard<b><br>Year:</b> 1972<b><br>Pages:</b> 259In these essays the winner of the National Book Award (for her novel <i>Them</i>) and …

Literature

Six tips to help you write and publish your first book

For many years I have been fielding questions on how to publish a book. Is it my imagination, though, or have the frequency and the intensity of the pleas for help and access increased? It is now a rare week in which I don't get sent a pitch for a historical ghost-mystery novel or a memoir about a …