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Want to be a Great Writer? Then Don’t Focus on Writing. (Do This Instead)

Hemingway was an American journalist, novelist, and short story-ist whose brevity and inimitable style influenced an entire generation of fiction …

Writing

The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

Ancient History

How to get your novel published – according to a literary agent

<b>Former literary agent, and author of five novels (which have been published across the world in over 20 languages) Anna Davis shares some insider</b> …

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

<i>Since advice is usually ignored and rules are routinely broken, I refer to these little pearls as merely “suggestions.”</i><p><i>There is nothing original about this list. It has all been said before by writers much smarter than me. I’ve just arranged things differently, and I keep changing them as the years</i> …

Creative Writing

How To Plot A Novel

I often said that writers are of two types.<p>There is the architect, which is one type. The architect, as if designing a building, lays out the entire …

George R.R. Martin

The Six Month Novel Writing Plan

Most authors have heard of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. It is a novel writing challenge where participants try to write a …

How to write the second draft of your book

Polish Your Prose: The Difficult Second Draft<p>August 25, 2016 - - 3 Comments<p>Andrew Lowe<p><i>With over 15 years experience with various publishers and</i> …

7 Serious Tips for Writing a Humor-Filled Novel

When you’re reading a book filled with humor writing that makes the milk you’re drinking squirt out your nose, like <i>The Hitchhikers Guide to the …

On Writing And Editing Sex Scenes In Fiction – Writer's Edit

How to write accents and dialects: 6 tips

Learn how to write accents and dialects in your stories because it will help you write about crosscurrents between people and places. Regional …

Linguistics

Get Unstuck and Finally Write Your Book

You've tried to write a book before.<p>And it's going slowly.<p>Or you've gotten stuck, and you're trying to get it moving again.<p>Or maybe you gave up a …

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies to Sell 350 Million Books

The best-selling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

What Is Plot?

by Ruthanne ReidHey, you. Do you want readers to love your story? (Who doesn’t, am I right?) Then you need to understand plot.Plot has a specific …

Novel writing basics: 10 steps to an unputdownable book

Your grasp of novel writing basics such as plot and character needs to be good for readers to enjoy your novels. Here are 10 steps to make your book …

How to Plot a Book: Start With the Antagonist

I hate antagonists. Not so much because they’re, you know, the <i>bad guys</i>. No, I hate them because 90% of the time, they bore me into catatonia. Evil …

The True Story of the Booze, Bullfights, and Brawls That Inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel gave a voice to the Lost Generation—often by lifting it directly from his affluent expat circle in post-war Paris. A new book by Lesley M. M. Blume recounts the scandalous trip to Pamplona that inspired Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and the characters …

How to Write Fully-Formed Characters in Fiction

More than a city or a nation, the world of a book is in its characters. Everything else is a foundation, a stage upon which people can walk, the …

5 Tips That Will Help You Negotiate on Just About Anything

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i></i> …

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The Fundamentals of Writing a Scene

by Trina Alexander | via Flickr<b>Note from Jane</b>: Today’s guest post is excerpted from the recently released <i>Writing Deep Scenes</i> by Martha Alderson and …

Writing

Four Books Every Novelist Should Read

Here are the four books I’m recommending to students in my Novel Writing Master Class. These are essential reading for anyone interested in narrative …

How to Write a Thrilling Action Scene

Flickr Photo by Jonathan Kos-ReadPlease welcome Jessi Rita Hoffman as our guest today. Jessi is a developmental editor and story coach who helps …

Creative Writing

How to Plot Your Novel with Ulysses

Do you plot your novel before you write? Do you fly by the seat of your pants? Regular readers will know I’m a plotter — I like to set things out …

Writing

Ultimate Guide: How To Write A Killer Synopsis For Your Novel – Writer's Edit

10 Mistakes A New Author Makes (And How To Avoid Them)

Nancy Erickson will be our featured guest for the 9/23 Twitter Chat (sign up below). In this post, she outlines 10 common mistakes a new author often …

Writing

13 Ways To Start A Story

If you want an audience's attention, you have to get them interested - you have to get them to care about what has happened to someone. If you don't, …

Books

22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

There have been entire articles and books devoted to the craft of writing. And while you should definitely read at least a few of them (I personally …

Creative Writing

4 Tips to Help You Write With Clarity and Substance

Prose that's effortless to read takes great effort to write.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketing at Help Scout</i><p>Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly …