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How to Nail an In-Person Pitch: Some Questions You Should Be Ready For

I love taking in-person pitches at publishing conferences.It’s how I found Lindsey Smith (her book, Eat Your Feelings, comes out with St. Martin’s …

Writing

How Storytelling Can Elevate You Above the Competition

In business, storytelling matters. Here's how to make it work for you.<p>Storytelling is an integral part of being human, and it's the way we've emotionally connected with one another for thousands of years. It should come as no surprise that brands use storytelling to connect with their consumers to …

Storytelling

The Best Marijuana Stocks to Buy in 2018

These pot stocks all have one big thing in common: location.<p>In case you hadn't noticed, the marijuana industry is absolutely on fire. According to …

An Oubliette Of Unconventional Writing Advice

Writing advice is a little bit silly, as I’ve noted many times in the past. (Other times, I’ve put it differently: <b>writing advice is bullshit</b>.) It’s …

Creative Writing

7 Top Tips to Create a Cinematic Novel

Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic …

Creative Writing

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

The Top 10 Reasons To Write Short Stories

We love short stories at Writers Write. We’ve recently added posts about short story competitions and a list of our Top 20 Short Story Quotes. We’ve …

Writing

A Simple Solution For When Your Story Hits The Wall

This is a thing that happens sometimes:The story you’re writing drives top speed into a mountain and stops short in a ball of flames and crumpled …

Writing

Plot twist ideas: 7 examples and tips for twists

A good plot twist adds intrigue, suspense or surprise to a novel. Plot twists are particularly popular in suspense-heavy novels such as murder …

Books

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

3 things to kill before they kill your creativity

Death doesn’t exactly make for uplifting bumper stickers or catchy memes. Much less does it lend itself to a subject like creativity. Especially if …

Creating the Perfect City Is About Illusions, Such as Shorter Blocks

A city planner in Gainesville, Florida and an urban designer from Perkins+Will talk about making American cities more vibrant and livable.<p>Crumbling infrastructure, two hour commutes, sprawl, economic stagnation, and obesity! These are just some of the problems facing the many increasingly unlivable …

5 Writing Tips: Jeff VanderMeer

<i>Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy and the novel</i> Borne<i>. VanderMeer shares his five writing tips.</i><p>Writing the rough …

Writing

Embrace Noir Conventions To Improve Your Writing

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 165<p>Few genres have such a distinctive look and feel as noir fiction. A successor of ‘hard-boiled’ or ‘pulp’ fiction, …

Books

Writing a Murder Mystery: 7 Tips for Creating an Interesting Detective

This post is part of a series of articles on how to write a murder mystery. I plan to write an article about each character type: the murderer, the …

Creative Writing

Character archetypes: How to enrich your novel’s cast

The best-loved fiction for children, teens and adults shares characters who feel familiar. This is because effective characters often have strong …

Creative Writing

Tony Robbins: What I Learned From the World's Greatest Investors

People are "being sucked into doing the very opposite," he says.<p>It has been one of the more remarkable career arcs in business.<p>Tony Robbins came to …

So, You Wanna Be A Professional Writer? Some Considerations!

What you write, how you write, what prose comes oozing out of your finger pores — I can offer suggestions there, sure, but craft and art are fiddly, …

Writing

How to Write Your Screenplay in 24 Hours - Advice from a Hollywood Screenwriter and Producer

Norman Mailer once said that “writer’s block is a failure of the ego.”<p>I’d rather say it’s a failure of motivation, preparation, and discipline—a …

Writing

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel

<i>Every writer’s job is to give the reader what she wants in a way she doesn’t expect.</i> [Like this quote? Click here to Tweet and share it!] (And it’s …

Creative Writing

Take A Stand

Colbert beat Fallon. This is astounding news, since Colbert’s show was a disaster that required the hiring of an executive producer, and was an …

Howard Stern

5 Cognitive Biases You Need to Put to Work ... Without Being Evil - Copyblogger

All writing is persuasion in one form or another.<p>This is more obvious in some types of writing than others, but it is nonetheless true for all.<p>When …

Critical Thinking

In rural Georgia, tomorrow’s smart, sustainable, solar highway is being built today

The Ray, a 16-mile test run for the roadway of the future, is off to a great start<p>Memorial roadways offer respectful tributes to famous citizens and civic leaders. But on a 16-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in southwestern Georgia, renamed the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, the asphalt isn’t just …

The Columnist’s Role Today

Columnists Talk Shop By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Director of Media We’re talking to columnists about what it means to be an opinion writer in today’s …

Journalism

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Literature

X-Ray Your City's Street Network, With a Bit of Code

A new open-source tool lets users compare the structure of cities around the world.<p>A city’s street network is like its skeleton—a foundation for features like pipes, electrical lines, buildings, and public spaces. The angles at which pathways intersect, the shapes they wrap around, and how wide or …

Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime—these are the six ways he did it

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific.”<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays, and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for <i>25 years</i>.<p>Why was Asimov able to have so many good ideas when the rest …

Isaac Asimov

Collapsed Horizon: Philip K Dick's A Scanner Darkly, 40 Years On

In the fortieth anniversary year of Philip K Dick's fortieth novel, Eli Lee finds a prescient and poignant work of grief, less concerned with sci-fi …

Science Fiction

Science Fiction Writing: Character Building In Radically Different Worlds

<i>In science fiction writing, the process of character building for sci-fi stories set in radically different worlds is a demanding process.</i><p>Science …