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Writing: Six Types of Hooks to Reel in Readers

Have you ever tried fishing without bait?<p>Yeah, it doesn't work out so well. (The fish aren't convinced, and now your feet are probably wet.)<p>The same …

20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day

June 21st is National Writing Day, a celebration of writing creatively that aims to encourage people of all ages to 'put pen to paper, unleash their imagination and make their voices heard'.<p>A number of events marking the occasion are being held across the UK, details of which can be found on the …

Writing

How to Treat Mentally Ill Characters When Writing a Novel

The megalomaniacal CEO. The sociopathic killer. The suicidal teen. The anxious woman self-medicating with booze and pills while caring for her …

Put It In a Drawer

When you finish your novel, if money is not a desperate priority, if you do not need to sell it at once or be published that very second — <i>put it in a</i> …

How to Start Writing Your Book Again After a Long Break

There are many reasons you may have taken a break from your future novel: You’re waiting to hear back from prospective agents. You’re transitioning …

Does Your Blog Need Editing and Proofreading? - Copyblogger

You might think that I’d recommend a thorough editing and proofreading process for every blog.<p>But that’s not the case.<p>Since I don’t know enough about</i> …

Writing

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Novel

By Georgina Roy on May 28, 2017 in Guides<p>“How do I write my first novel?” is a question you might have asked yourself. A beginner’s guide to writing …

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the day when we don’t have to single out authors – or anyone of any walk …

Books

JK Rowling tweeted some of her rejection letters to encourage new authors

Around 2012, long after Harry Potter had made her a household name, JK Rowling wanted to have a bash at getting a new novel published “without hype …

Books

6 writing mistakes PR pros should never make

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in March 2016.</i> <br>It's not difficult to spot a weak writer in the workplace.<p>Writing is unavoidable in …

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.<p>Among the past literary …

13 writing habits that are making you look bad

Are you making some of the following mistakes? They might be making you look like a goose or worse, you could be coming across as a real jerk. You …

Language

Inspirational writing advice from Louisa May Alcott and 26 other great women authors

Feminism

Reading Fiction May Enhance Social Skills

A workout for a part of the brain tied to empathy<p>People who read a lot of fiction are known to have stronger social skills than nonfiction readers or nonreaders. A new study suggests that reading fictional works, especially stories that take readers inside people’s lives and minds, may enhance …

Research

How To Improve Your Writing Skills At Work

For many employees, writing at work is nearly as worrisome as public speaking.<p>Maybe your proposals fall flat or you dread penning quarterly reports. Perhaps you sweat over emails, only to have the recipients demand clarifications. Or writing might just take you too long, making you exhausted once …

The Roald Dahl guide to persuasive copywriting

I have just started reading Roald Dahl’s books. I don’t mean for the first time. But my daughter is upgrading her reading preferences from That’s Not …

Short & Simple Writing Prompt On Effort & Perseverance

Today, The New York Times published a short and interesting interview with Anthony Foxx, United States transportation secretary. It’s titled Anthony …

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 8: Block that Metaphor!

Last time, I talked about how to give your writing more impact by using nouns and verbs that represent objects and actions in the real world. It works because what moves us is emotion, and emotion is inherently physical.<p>Today we take that lesson to the next level: from nouns and verbs to metaphors, …

Inspirational Authors on Writing: INFOGRAPHIC

Do you plan to make a resolution to write more in the new year? Designer <b>Raphael Lysander</b> has created the “68 Inspiring Writing Tips From 9 Great …

4 Things to Avoid When Finishing Your Novel

When you’re halfway through a draft or a major revision, it’s easy to recognize and delight in your novel’s strengths. It’s easy to imagine that you …

The Most Important Question Authors Never Ask: The Key to Publishing Success

Our thanks to Chelsea Apple, publicist at JKS Communications for this guest contribution! When I first begin working on a publicity campaign with an …

Writing a Plot Summary

<b>A popular post from February 2010</b><br>By Josi S. Kilpack<br>As with many elements of writing, a Plot Summary has different definitions. Some people use as an …

The Essential Fiction Writing Checklist - Part 1

As 2015 draws to a close, what better way to round off the year than with something that every writer should keep close at hand as a reminder for …

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.<p>I simply refused. I had put the plot on the page and given birth to the characters, and in my view these were so set in stone, I might as well …

From red herrings to maguffins to double identities, Knightley and Son author Rohan Gavin shares the secrets of writing great detective stories<p>I love detective novels because, like a favourite dish, you always know what you’re going to get, but you never know quite how it’s going to be served up. …

Books

Write Crime Fiction With The Experts. Online Course. PWA

Writing Crime Fiction is suitable for writers looking to expand their range and understand the conventions of the genre by exploring and …

Creative Writing

Almond Press | Publisher of Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction

Almond Press is an independent publisher of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction based in Scotland<p>We run short story competitions to find talented …

The 10 Dos And Don'ts Of How To End Your Novel

<b>The Dos and Don’ts</b> by James V. Smith Jr.<p><b>Don’ts</b><p><b>Don’t introduce any new characters or subplots.</b> Any appearances within the last 50 pages should have …

Good Writing Is the Hardest Form of Thinking

Good writing is the hardest form of thinking. It involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into …

10 Best Grammar Resources for Aspiring Writers

There’s nothing romantic about being an aspiring writer. No muse will come and bestow brilliant ideas upon you, magically producing pure literary …