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How To Be an Everyday Author

One of the first rules writers learn about effective description is that we can't describe <i>everything</i>. Look at the room, or bus, or café where you're sitting now. Take a moment to notice the myriad details you could include if you were to describe that setting. Those details include everything …

Believing in What Your Write

Many years ago, I published a novel. It was the third novel I'd written, but the first I'd published. I loved the book. I was excited about it in a way I had not been about my first two books. The story's voice sounded more like me than anything else I'd written. Once I'd found the story's true …


For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way

Life as a professional writer is financially depressing, and I’ve often been advised to self-publish. Here’s why I won’t do it<p>A few days ago, I wrote a piece on my blog exploding the myth of the rich writer, and laying out (in terms the Royal Literary Fund described as “ruthlessly mathematical”) …


How to Read 100 Books a Year

Does your reading list keep growing? Did you buy books that you've never read? It might be time to cross more books from your list this year than ever.<p>If you're reading less than you want, you're not the only one. One year ago I looked at my Goodreads page and noticed that I had read only five …


How Does The Way You Read Compare To Everyone Else?

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

George R.R. Martin

Acclaimed Authors Tell It Like It Is

Over the years, I've had the good fortune to interview many acclaimed authors. They answer questions with refreshing candor. Here are some of the most successful writers telling it like it is.<p><b>You left your day job to write full-time. What's surprised you about the writing life?</b><p>It's much easier to …


11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed.<p>There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different. I've worked with and without agents; …


My 8 Most Important Memories As A Book Lover

Keep reading.<p>When I was 8 years old, my mother and I left our home in inner-city Boston and moved to a rural town in the middle of Northern Massachusetts. I was a city kid who had grown up in a rough neighborhood, used to seeing blood on sidewalks, not fields that stretched for miles. My father did …


Can music truly chime with reading?

Trying to lose yourself in a book amid the clamour of the 21st century is a challenge. A composer thinks he’s found a solution - soundscapes tuned to different genres<p>In an ideal world, I suppose, we’d all be able to read in peace and silence. But we live in a world full of engine noise, pneumatic …


13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

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