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How to Boost Creativity with an Idea Log

My writing practice has taken a huge leap forward this past year. I’ve had more ideas, discovered more creative connections, and encountered fewer …

10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List

<i>Photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission.</i><p>Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes.<p>Here are 10 great books for your wish list, to stir your writing dreams or help make them a reality. (Bonus: includes …

Books

Here's Why It's Important To Call Yourself A Writer

This post is by our newest regular contributor, Pooh Hodges. The cat. The cat who writes. Yes, I know it’s odd for a writing blog to have a …

Creative Writing

How Recording One Second A Day Will Make You A Better Writer

I have never been super great at living in the present. Doing the whole "live in the moment" kind of thing. My mind is always thinking about my novel …

Staff Picks: Books About Writing That Changed Our Lives - Writer's Relief, Inc.

It will come as no surprise that many of the staffers here at Writer’s Relief are writers or people who have creative talents. This week, we asked …

15 laws of literary life every writer should know

• Facebook448<br>• StumbleUpon6.6K<br>• 7.3Kshares<p>If you’re not a writer, you probably have a certain perception of literary life. Take Hollywood. It just loves to …

What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 2

What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 1 focused on the etymology and origins of names. In Part 2, let’s consider 5 things to think about when naming …

Encouragement for Writers Who Don't Know If They Should Keep Going

<i>By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund</i><p>I had the recent privilege of doing some paid critiques at a writer's conference. Ahead of the conference, writers sent …

Gather Your Acolytes About You: Advice for Aspiring Writers

Sometimes, like most storytellers with a book or two under their belt, I’m asked if I have any advice for younger or less experienced writers. I hope …

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Is Talent Overrated? 8 Things that are More Important than Talent for Writing Success

After that, you have to make the sentences into stories. With characters. Who are not all idealized versions of you. Stories with scenes in which …

Writing Tips from J.K. Rowling

These days, J.K. Rowling is a household name all over the world – the first billionaire author on the planet and the creator of a world that many of …

Creative Writing

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In <b>Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the more dimensional and thoroughly …

Four writers spill the beans on the habits that make them awesome

It takes more than spelling and grammar to be an effective writer, as these four respected writers explain.<p>Not all jobs are alike, and writing comes …

Take Your Writing Seriously

Posted by Guest on October 23, 2014 ·<p>Do you take your writing seriously?<p>Please welcome guest author Jack Woodville London, author of <i>A Novel Approach</i> …

Creative Writing

How To Be Good At Writing Bad Characters

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>Are you ready for the most despicable, evil, heartless character you’ve ever met? Wonderful! You’re ready to write your story’s antagonist.<p>Once you’ve decided on your perfect protagonist—someone everyone will love and root for; someone inherently noble and willing to risk …

10 Ways to Spark Creative Connections

<i>This post was originally published more than 2 years ago, but I still go back to it. It reminds me how important it is to use the intuitive side of</i> …

Writing, Memory Palaces And The Power Of The Bizarre

The other day I started reading “Moonwalking With Einstein” by Joshua Foer. Among other things, Foer talks about the art of memory and how to create …

How to Stick to a Writing Schedule

Practice makes perfect, the old adage goes, and the more you write the better you get at it. Whether you're blogging for money or writing for …

Creative Writing

Tom Hanks Is Writing A Book Of Short Stories

Tom Hanks, who needs no introduction unless you've literally never seen a movie, will add "published author" to his long list of accomplishments sometime in the near future. Just weeks after The New Yorker published his first short story, the actor and filmmaker has inked a deal with publishing …

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

It's that time of year again: November, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Why somebody somewhere decided that a work of fiction could or should be hammered out in 30 frenetic days originally mystified me.<p>The idea behind this month-long fiction sprint is that you pour out your …

7 Ways To Keep Writing When You Feel Like Giving Up

Shares 715<p>Writing can be hard, hard work.<p>While the idea in your head may be clear and vivid, trying to capture it can be a frustrating experience.<p>At …

Self-improvement

Kurt Vonnegut Explains “How to Write With Style”

If you feel the need for tips on developing a writing style, you probably don't look right to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' …

The Power Of Writing & Exercises to Try

I believe each of us is creative. From birth.<p>Julia Cameron believes that each of us is a writer. Also from birth.<p>“I believe we all come into life as …