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I Wrote for 17 Minutes Yesterday!

Last weekend, I participated on two different author panels during the 2016 Newburyport Literary Festival, an event packed with over 70 different authors that drew 2,000 people to our tiny seaside town.<p>The panels were very different. In the morning, I joined Anita Diamant and Yona Zeldis McDonough …

Productivity

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

My Good Earth tea has one of those inspirational yet condescending quotes written on its side:<p><i>Every man dies. Not every man really lives.</i><p><i>--William Wallace</i><p>I suppose you could say it spoke to me, but I think it was more like a slap in the face from the guilt I had lurking inside.<p>See, a few years ago …

Authors

It's Not the Writing Part That's Hard

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What’s hard is …

Authors

The world's top grammarian fears that this punctuation error is becoming standard English

Does this sentence read OK to you?<p><i>It's the way I'm wired, I'm not about to change.</i><p>If you said no, you're right. It's a kind of run-on sentence or "run-together sentence." It's an example of a comma splice.<p>That's when you join two sentences with a comma. And that's wrong, at least in standard …

Grammar

The simple truths of language

If you want to improve your writing in 30 minutes, read George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English Language. “Most people who bother with the …

10 Weird and Wonderful Words about Literature and Reading

Interesting words related to literature and reading We love to collect interesting words, especially those related to literature, reading, and other …

Literature

Ten books to read in May

From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.

Books

To Be, or Not to Be—a Writer, That Is

Salman Rushdie talks Shakespeare while teaching a class for exceptional high-school writing students<p>As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it might seem that all the questions regarding the Bard and his work have been asked, if not answered.<p>But here’s one I hadn’t heard …

Education

If You’re Having Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong: Andrew Kevin Walker On Screenwriting

The legendary screenwriting veteran behind Se7en has a new film coming out, and a lot to say about not letting the industry eat you alive.<p>Never underestimate the power of a mistake. Andrew Kevin Walker’s entire career may have hinged on one.<p>It all started with the then-fledgling writer’s …

Movies

“I Want to Read Everything”

For a reader who wants most of all to get lost in a book, the difficulty of reading short story collections is that every several pages she and the …

Books

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

Grammar

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips<p>1. Mistaking style issues for errors<p>Should you use italics for movie titles? Do you put full stops inside or outside quotation marks? Is the Oxford comma for all lists … or just some lists? …

Empathy Is the Secret to Writing That Sells, According to Science

Can activating mirror neurons make your writing more effective?<p>Writing aimed at driving sales often takes an emotional angle--it taps into feelings of happiness, of sadness, or relief. It evokes empathy, and makes the reader feel an emotional response that suits the sales objective. Think about …

21 Things That Will Make Sense To Writers

"How's the book going?"

Authors

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

Storytelling

Cathie Borrie on Getting a Book Deal When No One Wants to Publish Your Book

We first met Cathie Borrie years ago on our trips around the publishing world. It was immediately apparent upon reading her stuff that she was an amazing storyteller and an exquisite wordsmith with a true gift for poetic articulation. But her book was about such a difficult subject, we knew she'd …

Authors

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

Grammar

A Creative Solution to Writer's Block from Novelist Augusten Burroughs

<b>Augusten Burroughs:</b> Is there such a thing as writer’s block? There are some writers who don’t have writer’s block and there are some writers who …

Writer's Block

How Do You Find Your Writing Voice?

Writing is this bizarre phenomenon where the voice inside your head materializes and occupies actual space in the world. If there's one thing I've …

Women's News

Bestselling Author Joyce Maynard Dares To Be 'Shameless' And Speak Out

<b>Part of the series, “Women, Leadership and Vision”</b><p>As a midlife woman and 30-year professional who knows what it feels like to be told to “be quiet” and stop speaking out, I resonate deeply with — and admire — other women who’ve found the courage to be daring and “shameless” in telling their life …

Authors

The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets

SAN FRANCISCO -- Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.<p>Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual assistant, animated by artifical intelligence, that …

Artificial Intelligence

6 Tips to Improve Your Writing Game (Without a Degree!)

The movie ends, the credits scroll through and finally -- after a captivating two hours, it says "Adapted from the book, <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> by John Green."<p>"Am I going to watch that say Katie Kiaunis one day?" my dad asks, knowing how badly I want to write a book that really impacts people's …

Authors

Five Writers on the Poems That Make Them Cry

<i>Following the success of their previous anthology</i> Poems That Make Grown Men Cry<i>, father-son editorial team Anthony and Ben Holden set out to compile</i> …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Amazon Sales Rank: Taming the Algorithm | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onApril 7, 2016 in Book Promotion & Marketing<p>Confused by the behavior of Amazon’s sales rank? John Doppler takes the mystery out of this …

The Art of Persuasion: How to Craft Words That Sell

Do your words sell?Want to sharpen your copywriting skills?To explore the art of persuasion and why it's important to social marketers, I interview …

Marketing

How getting caught with two cans of Olympia turned teenage Susan Straight into a writer

I like to close my eyes and imagine I am still a feral child, imprinted with the first sights and sounds, because lately I am surrounded by toddlers who come to my yard obsessed with the flowers poking through my fence, with my chickens and my dog, and by elderly loved ones who speak to me …

This Web App Identifies Unnecessary Words In Your Writing | Mental Floss

Whether you need to craft a punchy email, a concisely worded cover letter, or a clever Twitter update, it can be difficult to identify unnecessary …

Cool Stuff

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

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>‘Maybe he needs to read more widely’: authors respond to Gay Talese<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the …

20 Great Books for Writers: Today in Critical Linking

<i>My favorite books on getting published</i><p>From the ultra-practical (agents and self-marketing) to the inspirational (you can do it), this list of 20 …

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