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How to Turn Great Ideas into Exciting Plots

This is the one thing you need.Eureka!…Now what?Ever so often you get that flash of inspiration, the lightning bolt of FUN IDEA, the quirky character …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Scene: 3 Theater Techniques to Make Your Story Jump Off the Page

Today’s guest post is by Joslyn Chase. Joslyn is the author of <i>Nocturne In Ashes</i>, a thriller pitting concert pianist Riley Forte against a deadly …

Writing Advice from 3 Famous Authors

Stephen King, Anne Lamott, and Natalie GoldbergStart Writing“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get …

Three Important Lessons I Learned by Writing My First Draft

I recently finished writing my first novel. It is a great feeling to actually have written the damn thing. Not every writer can say that. <b>Too many</b> …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

Writing

5 easy tips to quickly help you become a better writer

So you have just started writing and you have your eyes set on your name being mentioned in the same sentence as the great writers of old. That is …

Creative Writing

Critical Thinking: The 5 Factors That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLANDNovelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is …

What Stephen King Taught Me About Writing

I’ll be frank: I never read a Stephen King book before this year. Despite his prominence as one of America’s most successful and prolific modern …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

How do you write a novel?

I’ve written four novels and am a third of the way through my fifth. My first novel was unreadable although my best writer friend made a valiant …

Writing

7 Novels To Pick Up When You Need Creative Inspiration, But Don't Want To Read Another Book About Writing

I have a dark and terrible confession to make, internet: I'm not that into "how-to" books. Don't get me wrong, I've most certainly delved into the …

Books

I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It Sucked

Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.<p>“For me writing is like breathing,” the poet Pablo Neruda told the <i>Paris Review</i> in 1971. “I could not live without breathing and I could not live …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

“In nearly all good fiction, the basic — all but inescapable — plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite …

How Important is the First Draft to Your Novel?

We’re an odd lot, novelists. Obsessive. Why else does someone launch a project that consumes so much time and holds out such a wavering promise of …

Writing

Five Books About Writing that Made Me a Better Writer

I started devouring books around second grade and by around fifth grade, I was reading adult fiction along with young adult and middle grade fiction. …

Winning Manuscripts of PEN America's 2017 Prison Writing Contest - PEN America

Winning Manuscripts of PEN America’s 2017 Prison Writing Contest<p>Every year, hundreds of inmates from around the country submit poetry, fiction, …

Writing

JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

Last month, I brought to your attention Neil Gaiman’s rules of writing. He’s not the only accomplished writer who ascribes to a set of rules. Today, …

11 great writing apps for Apple devices

Finding an outstanding iOS writing app can be challenging.<p>Microsoft Word, arguably the best word processor available, was designed for …

Should I Write a Book?

Caveat: This is from my personal experience. Your mileage may vary.<p>A few more thoughts:<p>All of this is dependant of your being able to write WELL (or …

Writing

Every book Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has recommended online

J.K. Rowling may be an acclaimed author, the queen of taking down trolls on Twitter, a screenwriter, and a philanthropist, but she’s also …

Book Covers Were a Lot Scarier in the '80s

Paperbacks From Hell pays tribute to a golden age of horror fiction.<p>Grady Hendrix knows his stuff—he's the author of the 2016 novel <i>My Best Friend's Exorcism</i>—and it's his twisted obsession that inspired his newest book. <i>Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction</i> looks …

David Ogilvy's 10 tips for clear, concise writing

<i>This article first appeared on PR Daily in 2014.</i> <br>David Ogilvy is widely hailed as the father of advertising for his ability to communicate a clear …

6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Publishing on Google Play

You want to sell your books on Google Play? Great. Although ‘books’ are not the first thing that come to my mind when I hear ‘Google’, the numbers …

Antagonist examples: How to write great adversaries

Literature is full of fantastic antagonists who make it hard for the story’s central characters to reach their goals. Read antagonist examples from …

5 Books to Keep Close to Improve Your Writing

“<b>I want to write a book</b>” is one of the most common statements made today. Everyone potentially has a book inside of them, of course. Our lives are a …

20 Maurice Sendak Quotes on Writing, Art & Literary Heroes

Happy birthday to <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The Brooklyn-born artist who depicted children as creative, …

Art

New research on the biology behind over-thinking shows how it makes us less creative

According to new research, one reason for experiencing this is biological.<p>Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London have discovered that using a targeted electric current to suppress a particular region of the brain can help break us out of these states of …

7 Reasons Writers of Serious Novels Should Use Humor in Their Fiction

Telling a joke—or at least including humor—is great advice for writers, especially in light of recent research. Purely comic fiction may not sell …

Creative Writing

The Best Productivity Habits of Famous Writers

Contrary to our romanticized notions, writers don’t just sit around all day, drink coffee and Scotch, and wait for inspiration to strike. Like any …

Creative Writing