The Craft of Writing

By ARHuelsenbeck | Some of the best articles about improving your craft. Writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, blogging, et al.

22 Rules for Creating Work That Stands the Test of Time

Very few of us sit down to create art or work they hope will disappear. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a writer, a designer, a journalist, a …

Who Will Buy Your Book?

<b>1.</b><br>“Nobody else is here,” the elderly woman said into her phone. “It’s embarrassing!” She was the first one to arrive at my reading at the …

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Writing advice for artists and visual thinkers

Yesterday designer Jessica Hische tweeted, “I have it in my head that I should pursue an MFA in creative writing to be a better writer and find more …

The Elusive Art of Writing Confidence (And How to Build Yours)

I knew that I couldn’t write.<p>I’d sent manuscripts to publishers twice in my teens, and they’d both been rejected, which proved that I had no talent.<p>I …

10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin

Last week, we lost an incredible novelist. Ursula Le Guin passed away at age 88 in her Portland home.Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch, modified by The …

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 …

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12 Worst Blogging Mistakes

<b>Pop-ups</b>. I hate it if I’ve just started reading a post on your blog and a pop-up blocks my view. If it asks me to sign up for your blog, I dismiss …

The Importance of Living in Order to Write

by Morgan L. Busse, @MorganLBusse<p>In this day and age where there is pressure for an author to churn out lots of books, I’ve stepped back and realized …

How to Hold a Writers’ Retreat

by ARHuelsenbeck Have you ever found yourself stranded in Creative Badlands? You know, that parched place where you are just so dry that nothing …

Guest Post: On Writing Endings by Kate I. Foley

After one year and five months; 94,255 words; 368 pages; two protagonists, three sidekicks, and one villain; and endless weeks of blood, sweat, and …

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20 Tools Every Writer Needs

A quiet area you can set up as your writing space. For most people, a writer’s study is a luxury. Four of my five children had to grow up and move …

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How to Get a Literary Agent

Disclaimer: I do not have an agent, but I am looking for one, and I have accumulated a lot of information in the process which I am willing to share …

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Lessons I Learnt from Writing my First Book Series

Coming to the end of my first series, and starting on my second got me thinking about what I wanted to do differently. About the mistakes I made, and …

Guest Post: 6 Cinematic Techniques You Can Apply to Your Novel Right Now by C.S. Lakin

Many of us were raised watching thousands of movies and television shows. The style, technique, and methods used in film and TV are so familiar to …

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7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

You want to become a writer, but you’re not sure how to stay disciplined. Still, you’re ready to commit and focus on your writing (or refocus). Where …

Quick, Down & Dirty Edits

by Lisa Carter, @LisaCarter27<p>So here’s the thing—<p>You’ve written this article/blog post/novel. And like writing mentors recommend, you allowed your …

How to write articles fast (that people actually want to read)

<i>“Work harder,”</i> they say.<p><i>“Make more content and 10X your life,”</i> they cry.<p><i>“But this stuff needs to be good, and I can’t keep up,”</i> you counter,</i> …

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Nine Traits of Astonishingly Successful Authors

In a market of ideas, why do some take off while others don’t? Why do some authors have mega status while others continue plodding on in obscurity, …

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Some of you <i>may</i> have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to …

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USING CARS & CLOTHES TO WRITE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION by Sandra Tilley

Tweet“Show, don’t tell” are words imprinted on every struggling writer’s brain, but it’s not always clear how to do that. When I first read Sandra …

How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life

I wrote at least a thousand words a day every day from the age of twelve on. — Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of Writing<p>When I interviewed Julien …

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Yes, You Have To: 6 Legitimate Reasons to Create a Book Outline

Writing a book is beyond hard. Those of us in the thick of the book writing process know that. Which means if there’s something that can make the …

Let Your Characters Speak: 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue

As an editor, I often come across books that tell a compelling story but are marred through unconvincing or monotonous dialogue. Dialogue can be a …

Writing Books on my Bookshelf, Part I

<i>20 Master Plots and How to Build Them,</i> by Ronald B. Tobias. One of many books I ordered through the old <i>Writer’s Digest</i> book club.<p><i>The Art of Work</i> by …

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long …

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Writing Op-Eds

According to an old Chinese curse, we are living in “interesting times,” which means many of us have the sudden urge to express ourselves about the …

Describing characters: How to describe faces imaginatively

Describing characters imaginatively is an essential skill when writing fiction. It helps readers to invest in your characters’ storylines and …

Guest Post: Be Your Character’s Therapist by Victoria Griffin

I started thinking, <i>Our characters don’t say what they mean</i> to each other<i>, but they should say it to us.</i><p>I’m playing with two different aspects of …

How to Rewrite, Revise, and Edit Your Novel, Part III

This is the third of a three-part series of articles. Part I is here; and Part II is here.<p><b>ROUND FOUR</b><p><b>Review your story’s time line.</b> Could all the …