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50 of the Greatest Debut Novels Since 1950

For a reader, there’s something magical about picking up a first novel — that promise of discovery, the possibility of finding a new writer whose …

How to Leap into Writing and Publishing Your Book

Whenever I <b>publish a new book,</b> my husband and friends are always impressed. My colleagues? Not so much.<p>While friends may wonder how I chose a topic …

Breaking Bread: Salman Rushdie and Mazen Darwish

Last week's PEN Pinter prize awarded to Salman Rushdie and Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish began with a story about potatoes. Ian McEwan's introductory speech, read by the writer Blake Morrison because the novelist was ill, recalled a comment by one of Rushdie's secret service bodyguards …

Why Do Some Writers Have So Much Trouble Actually Writing?

Eight years ago I joined a writing program in San Francisco even though I was scared to death to do it. I hadn’t written in the eight years before …

Learn how to write as you read: Improve your craft

What is the one most common piece of advice established authors give aspiring ones? It’s not ‘show, don’t tell’ or ‘kill your darlings’. It’s ‘read …

The Business Rusch: The Writer’s Guide To Evaluating A Traditional Publishing Company

<b>The Business Rusch: The Writer’s Guide To Evaluating A Traditional Publishing Company</b><p>Kristine Kathryn Rusch<p>About once a week, I get an e-mail from …

The Potential Perils and Pitfalls of Signing with a Small Press – And How to Avoid Them

By Salomé Jones (@call_me_salome)<p>Salomé is a writer and the acquisitions editor for Ghostwood Books, a new small press that’s publishing very good …

How to Develop Your Best Novel Writing Ideas

How many novel writing ideas do you need?<p>Writing a novel is no small task. In fact, it’s a momentous task. Some writers spend years just eking out a …

The Marshmallow Test review – if you can resist, you will go far

Do you take your gratification instant or deferred? And why does it matter? American psychologist Walter Mischel tests your willpower<p>Walter Mischel's study into impulse control began in the 1960s. He created what he called his "Surprise Room" at Stanford University's creche (amazing how sinister …

How to cure writer's block

One Day writer David Nicholls downloaded a computer program that deleted his own words in order to get over writers block. What other cures are there?<p>Unfortunately for all the frustrated and desperate authors the world over, no one has a one-size-fits-all cure for writer’s block. You can’t pop a …

Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work | WTD

Editing your own work<p>One key factor that separates mediocre writers from good ones (and even good from great) is the quality of their editing.<p>If …

7 Fantastically Useful And Free Resources For Writers | WTD

The Web is abundant with free resources for writers. The fact is, there’s so much out there that it’s difficult to sift through the clutter to find …

How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher

<i>Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware</i><p>Partly in connection with the controversy surrounding troubled publisher Ellora's Cave, I've been getting …

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In <b>About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews</b> (<i>public library</i>), celebrated author and literary critic <b>Samuel Delany</b> — who, for a fascinating …

5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better

Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch …

The ten most valuable writing tips I’ve received

image source: mcargobe.wordpress.com<p>The internet is full of advice on how to write and it can be confusing and contradictory at times, especially …

How to Create the Habit of Writing | WTD

“Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.” – Spanish proverb<p>This, friends, is the linchpin: if you can create the habit of writing, you’ve got a …

Opportunities for Writers: October and November 2014

Over 90 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.<p><i>Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware</i> …

6 Ways to Become an Outstanding Writer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re the CEO of a venture-backed startup writing a letter to investors about the current state of business or crafting the perfect job description to hire your first employee, your ability to communicate through the written word …

Creative Writing

Where to Start Your Story (Exactly)

There are basically two ways you can start a story. You can have all guns blazing action or you can establish the ordinary world of the character …

How Writers Damage Their Own Self-Esteem, and Don’t Even Know They’re Doing It

I read a lot of posts on rejection. In fact, I’ve written my fair share of posts on rejection. It’s something that every writer deals with sooner or …

Self-esteem

The Inspiring Stories Behind 15 Classic Novels

According to Jack London, "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." London himself took the inspiration for <i>The Call of the Wild</i> (1903) from his time spent living in Canada and Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush when high-quality sled dogs -- like those that feature in …

What the Brontës Can Teach You About Writing

This guest post is by K.M. Weiland. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles …

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Questions about Copyright, Pen Names and 1099s

Today, I am going to answer questions posted by readers through emails, my website, and even Amazon reviews. I appreciated when readers ...

Writing 201: Intros and Hooks

Your opening lines are your first chance to hook readers — or to lose them. This week, learn to use your piece’s angle to craft an engaging, …

How to Create a Blog Plan for Any Type of Book by Nina Amir

A blog provides a solid foundation for any author’s promotion plan. It serves as an author website as well as a content-marketing machine to help you …

Writing Your First Novel: Five Fundamentals for Your Path to the Pulitzer

Autumn is the season when word processors develop twitches in keyboards. Writers emerge from summers abroad, agents hunger for a new voice, publishers finally release the hidden gems that will save their industry. Book reviews burst with new titles and bestseller lists change faster than television …

Editing and the Writing Craft. Tips from an Editor.

Shares 2K<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

5 Tips To Improve Your English Writing Skills

I read a lot of blogs written by non-native English speakers. As a matter of fact, the web is full of blogs that belong to both foreign speakers who …