M A Haridy

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Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King

The novelist James Smythe, who has been analysing the work of Stephen King for the Guardian since 2012, on the lessons he has drawn from the master of horror fiction<p>Stephen King short fiction competition – send us your stories<p>Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular …

Authors

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Authors

Phrases not to use in your writing (unless you want it to be dull)

<b>Do any of these horrible phrases appear in your writing?</b><p>No-one wants to read writing that’s stilted and characterless. However, there’s a fine …

This Book Has Taught Millions of People How to Write Well

This book has taught millions of people how to write well.<p><i>This article also appeared on LinkedIn.</i><p>There are hundreds of books that can help you become a better writer. But if you're like me, you're probably pressed for time and need to prioritize how you spend the few extra hours each week you might …

Writing

51 Top Articles Sharing the Very Best Writing Tips

By Rofida Khairalla on May 2, 2017 in Writing & Editing<p>In need of some sage writing tips and not sure where to turn?<p>Sometimes finding the right …

Writing

How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit

<b>1) Write.</b> There is no substitute. Write what you most passionately want to write, not blogs, posts, tweets or all the disposable bubblewrap in which …

Authors

Why Reading Is the Most Intelligent Thing You Can Do

Reading plays an integral role in developing our intelligence, problem-solving, and analytical skills. All good reasons to do more of it.<p>We've all had it embedded within us since the day we were born: The only way to become smarter, no matter what you study or where you are, is to read. What few …

Alzheimer's Disease

This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Everyone has a story to tell.<p>Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her …

Authors

Go early, stay late and 9 other tips to expand your writing vocabulary

<i>Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by</i> …

Writing

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

Many of us were introduced to daily writing in high school, when an English teacher forced us to keep a journal. While we may have bemoaned our lots …

Writing

10 Great Novels on Freedom of Expression That Aren’t 1984

Recently I spent a while looking through a lot of novels in a New York bookstore. Two words that caught my eye among all the descriptions of plot on …

Have Journalists Forgotten to Think Like Readers?

Last week, I was at my desk in a newspaper office in one of the busiest corners of New Jersey, editing a crime story by a young reporter. Her article …

Journalism

7 Simple Ways Authors Can Increase Their Income

Authors relying on ebook and book sales to put food on the table should diversify to increase their income.<p>It’s no secret after the introduction of …

20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time

Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more …

Authors

How to Find Killer Content Ideas

Whether you’re a novice writer or a pro, at some point you’ll get writer’s block and will find it difficult to come up with potent, relevant content …

Digital Marketing

The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves …

Home Decorating

Delightful Definitions: 8 Words and Phrases We Should Use Again

I have a truly odd job, but when I tell people what I do for a living—writing definitions for dictionaries—they don’t furrow their brow or tilt their head in confusion. Instead, they light up like a roadside carnival. “Oh!” they’ll respond. “I love words! I love language!”<p>Lexicographers, or the …

Language

How to Become a More Disciplined Writer

Some of us follow routines that help us <i>avoid</i> writing—visiting YouTube, checking text messages, peering inside the refrigerator. But when we get …

Authors

Writing Advice From a (Newly Minted) Nobel Winner

Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the bulk of The Remains of the Day in four weeks. All it took was extreme dedication—and a willingness to be terrible.<p>It’s tempting to talk of writing—the art of it, the craft of it, the <i>lifestyle</i> of it—as a kind of romance. Writers of serious literature (according to, at least, …

Literature

Don’t press send … The new rules for good writing in the 21st century

Entertain, don’t be afraid of a bit of filth, but be cautious with your XXXs – the essential guide to getting your message across while avoiding the pitfalls of communication<p>Letters of complaint<p>The person who gets your letter will seldom be the one who wronged you. At least to start with, they have …

Language

How Language Influences Emotion

Do you feel something less strongly if you don’t have a word for it?<p>There’s plenty of disagreement over how to define emotions, but at least one thing is certain: They are intensely personal things. A flood of anger, a flash of annoyance—that feeling is <i>yours</i>, is a result of your own unique set of …

Emotions

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

Writing

5 Dangers Of Sharing Your Creative Writing Using Social Media

<b>5 Dangers Of Sharing Your Creative Writing Using Social Media</b><p>Sharing your writing on social media may seem like a great idea, especially when you’re …

Social Media Marketing

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, …

Authors

5 Audiobooks to Motivate You to Write

November 1, 2017<p>To established and aspiring authors alike, November is known as National Novel Writing Month. The idea behind NaNoWriMo is to end …

Books

7 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Writing

<b>I.</b> <b><br>You are different</b><p>By the time I reached my tenth birthday, I had lived on three continents. The Gulf War, my parents’ graduate studies, and …

Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?

by Kellie McGannI’ve considered myself a writer for years, but a storyteller? I thought that just came with the territory. It wasn’t until I listened …

Storytelling

To Write Well, You Don't Have to Be a Genius (but You Do Have to Do This)

One of the most gifted legal writers on the Supreme Court shared his advice for becoming a great writer.<p>In August 2008, Scribes, an organization that "seeks to create an interest in writing about the law and to promote a clear, succinct, and forceful style in legal writing," honored the late …

Antonin Scalia

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Winter 2017 Edition)

Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 108 …

Authors

Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation

<i>“It gives me such a sense of peace to draw; more than prayer, walks, anything,”</i> Sylvia Plath wrote in her diary when she first began working on her little-known drawings. <i>“The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,”</i> the great Milton Glaser …

Creativity