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Publishers, not ebook suppliers, decide on a licensing model for the titles they make available for libraries to buy and lend. A licence has several …

Umberto Eco’s Advice to Writers

“If we think that our reader is an idiot, we should not use rhetorical figures, but if we use them and feel the need to explain them, we are essentially calling the reader an idiot. In turn, he will take revenge by calling the author an idiot.”<p>In 1977, <b>Umberto Eco</b> (b. January 5, 1932) — beloved …

My Writing Process, Pt. 1 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Outline My Novels - Helping Writers Become Authors

I’m starting the plan for the new draft of my book. My last draft was kind of an insane mashup of past drafts. Which is part of the reason it sucked. …

Book Ideas for Young Writers

<b>Bonus</b>: Writing every day is the hardest part of being a young writer. I’ve created a quick video training to show you exactly how to overcome this …

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8 steps you should take if you want to write a book

But publishing isn't the hardest part of writing a book. Not even close. It's the writing.<p>If you're not a full-time writer, living in a cabin in the woods, how will you actually write your book?<p>How will you do the work of writing when the demands of real life threaten to overwhelm your already busy …

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5 Quotes For the Aspiring Writer From Stephen King

Jump-starting a writing career isn’t very easy. For most of us, developing the skills a good author needs is a matter of time and effort. It just …

Depicting Child Characters

Portraying child characters can be one of the biggest challenges of storytelling. Even though many of us are around children regularly, kids vary so …

How To Get Away With Using Real People In Your Story

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 201<p>You know that famous phrase, ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’? How about, ‘fake it ‘til you make it’? …

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Your Complete Guide To Writing Perspective: Who, When, How

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 219<p><i>Who is telling this story?</i> It’s a strange question, and one that’s based on feigned ignorance, but if you give it a …

How To Carve Out Time For Writing Without Losing Sleep

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 134<p>I recently met an author who told me about finishing her newest book. When I congratulated her, she got a sheepish …

Useful Resolutions For A Writerly New Year

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 73<p>Happy New Year, beloved reader! Whether you’re hoping 2017 will be an antidote to an awful 2016, or last year was …

Everything You Need To Know About Funny Words

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 135<p>Funny words are the backbone of some of the most enjoyable stories in the English language. Whether it’s Roald …

How To Write An Epic Battle Scene

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 154<p>Whether it’s a muddy siege on a Medieval castle, rugged cowboys firing pistols from horseback, or a laser-beam …

Why You Need To Know About Sense Writing

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 111<p>Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. They’re the senses everyone knows – the way we interact with and …

The Three Golden Rules Of Writing Children’s Literature

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 102<p>Writing children’s literature is kind of like comedy. Everyone thinks it’s easy when, in reality, it’s actually …

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“Show, Don't Tell” – What It Means And How To Do It

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 105<p>‘Show, don’t tell’ is classic advice for writers – something like a ‘golden rule’, delivered with complete surety …

7 ways to revive your creativity and improve your writing

When you write for a living, it can be easy to forget that you enjoy doing it for fun.<p>You compose so many press releases, executive speeches and blog …

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10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

<i>Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.</i> <b><br>–Mark Twain</b>The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual …

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The Secret to Developing a Regular Writing Habit

This is the year you become a writer. And what do writers do? They write, of course.There’s nothing mystical or magical about it. You just have to …

Creative Writing

5 Tips on Writing Dialogue

Strong dialogue often makes the difference between stories that catch an agent or editor’s eye and those that don’t. You want your dialogue to be …

A Map to Get Out of Writer's Block

If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve experienced writer’s block. The problem usually has to do with some intractable plot or character issue that …

What's the Difference Between Perspective and Point of View?

Perspective versus point of view—what’s the difference? <i>Is</i> there a difference?<p>We often use the two interchangeably, but there is a distinct …

Creative Writing

Planning To Outline Your Novel? Don't

<b>Why less planning could mean more for your next story.</b><p>It seems an essential question to aspiring writers, who are eager to mimic the habits and …

What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing

I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever …

Ten rules for writing fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts<p>Read the second part of the article here<p><b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal</b> …