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All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years

Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once came with being picked for Oprah’s book club.<p>So just what does Gates read? Quartz manually compiled …

Books

4 things writers should stop worrying about

<i>This article originally appeared on PR Daily in April of 2017.</i><p>Writing at work causes so much stress. So many questions. So much doubt.<p>Is this comma …

Creative Writing

Character Conflict in Stories

Character conflict in Silence of the Lambs..We’ve heard it again and again, character conflict is essential to writing stories that are page turners. …

Time Travel

11 Collectible Books Worth A Ton Of Money That Might Be On Your Bookshelves Right Now

You've probably read articles about all those insanely expensive and incredibly rare, collectible books — like the highly covetable first edition of …

Don’t Just Read. Read Smart!

When I was ten, someone gave me a Dragonlance book. The cover had a knight fighting a masked ogre/giant thing in the middle of a dark forest. I never …

How to Develop Story Ideas Into Amazing Stories

I often hear practicing writers ask, “What if I can’t think of anything to write about?” Sometimes they even have notebooks full of observations, but …

Creative Writing

7 Books with Unusual and Unconventional Formats

When you crack open a book, you generally know what you’re getting yourself into, format wise. A story divided into chapters made of indented …

Two Questions For Choosing A Point Of View Character and Style

When writing a series, choosing both the point of view characters and point of view style are HUGE decisions an author must make.<p>AVALANCHE is the …

The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

<i>Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets,</i> …

Writing

8-Week Fiction Workshop: Learn to Write Great Fiction in Your Own Voice - Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of eight books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the <i>New</i> …

5 Tips on Writing Multiple Points of View While Keeping the Reader in Suspense

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]Image from Getty<b>by T.R. Ragan</b>I …

Creative Writing

7 Online Writing Workshops That Will Help You Write Your Novel In The New Year

So you want to "write more" in the new year. But now that the new year is nearly upon us, you're starting to spiral into a writerly panic. How will …

11 Essential Books On Writing, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if …

Don't Worry. Don't Wait. Write.

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated — and in this hurricane of life, our writing is often put last. The danger of …

The Dreaded Synopsis-What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing - Kristen Lamb

There is one word known to strike fear into the hearts of most writers. <i>Synopsis.</i> Most of us would rather perform brain surgery from space using a …

Writing

26 terrific—and free—tools to help you write smarter

Do you ever feel that there’s just not enough time in your dayto accomplish everything you have to—especially the <i>writing</i>?<p>Almost every writer feels …

The System I Used to Write 5 Books and Over 1,000 Blog Posts

Most writers struggle with getting their writing done for one surprising reason. They think writing is a one-step process, when in fact, it’s a …