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Hands on: Scrivener 3.03 is the best tool for writing books

Scrivener isn't necessarily the best for making books or e-books, but now it doesn't have to be since it's added Vellum support. AppleInsider checks …

Writing

10 editing issues your grammar checker might be missing

Grammar checkers in word processing programs can help you catch glaring spelling errors, but you might be missing subtler—yet crucial—editing faux …

Creative Writing

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.<p>From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on …

"Octonion" Math Could Underpin Physics

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

So You Want To Be A Writer Huh?

Do you want to know a secret? If you want to improve as a Writer… You need to hone your craft every single day.<b>Writing Is A Hard Skill To …

Your Secret Weapon: Writing With Guts Will Make You Succeed As A Writer — A Why and How

<b>Writing with guts</b><p>It is a cliché that means to be brave, to jump into the literary criticism arena without a cape to distract the furious beast upon …

Wellness

Bye, black holes: white holes are even weirder

If there is a phenomenon out there that is actually more bizarre than black holes, it has to be white holes. Black holes can’t say that they might be …

34 Calls for Submissions in May 2018 — Paying Markets

34 Calls for Submissions in May 2018 — Paying Markets<p>There are nearly three dozen calls for submissions in May. Every genre and form is wanted, from …

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

When I “can’t” “think” of “anything” to “write.”

When I turned twenty-seven I achieved two life goals.<p>The one that I made public was the, “hey, look, mom: I aged out of the Twenty-Seven Club.” Which …

Write Something That Will Change Your Life

It seems like a tall order, to write something that will change your life. And it is. But I think it’s still worth striving for.By changing your …

Writing

The Hemingway Rule

<i>For Christ sake write and don’t worry about what the boys will say nor whether it will be a masterpiece nor what. I write one page of masterpiece to</i> …

How To Write A Children's Book In 9 Easy Steps - Complete Guide for 2018

Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one?<p>For me, it’s this smile. That’s my reason for …

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start …

How to Overcome Inner Challenges to Become a Successful Writer

I remember looking outside my bedroom window a few years ago and wondering if anyone would ever read my writing. When I first started putting pen to paper, I was a little naive as to what it would actually take to make my book a success. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to share the …

Creative Writing

10 schools of philosophy, and why you should know them

For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about. Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that …

Simple Exercise to Drastically Boost your Writing Output!

There is one exercise that can:<p>Improve your writing, and<br>• Boost your output<p>I will be ‘walking the walk’ in writing this article. I’m currently timing …

George Eliot on Writing and Narrative via Middlemarch, Illustrated

George Eliot’s Middlemarch could have been about anything. At least, judging from the omniscient narration, Eliot could have told a story about anything, anywhere, at any time in the universe. As a blurb on the Shmoop website points out, “The narrator of Middlemarch doesn’t just know everything …

Empathy: How to Show Empathy in Writing

Stories create empathy. Stories bring hope. Stories change history. Yes, even yours—especially when you know how to show <i>empathy</i> in writing.While …

Coast Guard

How to Finish a Novel in Three Days

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) ends on Thursday. That means you have to figure out how to <i>finish</i> a novel . . . in three days.Let’s get the …

Writing

7 Skills You Need to Practice to Become a Successful Writer in the Digital Age

It takes more than just writing something great to become successful.<p>When people see what I've built for myself as a writer, they think it's the result of my degree in creative writing.<p>It's not.<p>I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and what) to read, …

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

<i>Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24.</i><b>By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession</b>Anyone who has …

Writing

Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo? Here are 17 writing tips

November is National Novel Writing Month and for the estimated 400,000 participants hoping to crank out 50,000 words by the end of the month — …

Writing

Explore and Evaluate Your Writing Process

The Basic Steps in Composing<p>Once you've made the decision to work on improving your writing, you need to think about exactly <i>what</i> you'll be working …

The secret of how to write a bestseller

“There’s no way you can teach this stuff,” he said. “It just cannot be taught. You’ve either got it or not.” Which was ironic, considering that the …

Prep for National Novel Writing month with these online writing courses

November is National Novel Writing Month and if you've been kicking a novel idea around for a while this is your official invitation to just write it …

The great writers forgotten by history

Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>What do Agatha Christie’s favourite mystery novelist, the winner of the 1973 Booker Prize, and a writer who reputedly bashed out 100 million words, …

Literature

This 2-Word Quote From Writer Kurt Vonnegut Will Change the Way You Work

You're always going to be in the process of becoming who you want to be, so you may as well learn to enjoy it.<p>When it comes to insights about work, there are tweaks and there are game changers. Which isn't to diminish tweaks. Sometimes, the perfect scheduling hack or productivity ritual can …

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing Technique

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the …

How NaNoWriMo changed my life by novelist Julia Crouch

From draft zero to published author, Julia Crouch wrote her first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She shares her life-changing …