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By Lisa Mikulski | Articles and Notions on Books, Writing, and a Writer's Life.

Rebecca Solnit on Women’s Work and the Myth of the Art Monster

The labor lawyer I know sees her work as an act of solidarity, though she collects a salary for it, and the climate organizers I know collect …

Women in Science

Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read

An overstuffed bookcase (or e-reader) says good things about your mind.<p>Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of some of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to …

eReaders

What if You’re Just Not Good Enough to be a Successful Writer?

What if you’re not good enough?What if you <i>enjoy</i> writing … but you’re actually pretty rubbish at it?What if any success you’ve had so far has just …

Writing

My Favorite Freelance Writing Hashtags

Proper use of freelance writing hashtags allows you to signal to social media users that your content is of interest to those in the freelance …

Writing

The Best Books of December 2017: From Chiaverini to Arden

A Novel of Ada Lovelace<p>In <i>Enchantress of Numbers</i>, Jennifer Chiaverini breathes life into the too-often-forgotten story of Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who is considered by many to be the very first computer programmer. Ada grew up estranged from her famous poet father, mainly due to the …

Books

In Search of Silence

Erling Kagge, a 54-year-old Norwegian explorer, author and publisher, was sitting one morning last month in the private gardens at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a green oasis of relative quiet in the West Village of Manhattan.<p>“You never find a place that is total silence,” Mr. Kagge said. …

Freelance Writing Tools: 16 Must-haves for Growing Your Biz

I get it.<p>Choosing a set of freelance writing tools to run your business isn’t exactly the sexiest thing about being self-employed, but let me tell ya…<p>…

Writing

The Heart-Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

In a recent nonfiction workshop I taught at Sarah Lawrence College, a female student cringed when I suggested she include more of her own story in an …

Jonathan Franzen

Cheryl Strayed is Fed Up with Memoir-Bashing

Cheryl Strayed is a feminist phenomenon, what with her dazzling, bestselling memoir <i>Wild</i>, and her wildly popular <i>Dear Sugar</i> advice column, which is now …

Books

Scrivener writing app gets a huge update

As ancient as the art of writing is, there is a bit of a shortage when it comes to truly excellent writing applications. Scrivener is one of the few, and today, the app has gotten a major update.<p>Scrivener works for both professional writers and hobbyists, giving an assortment of options for …

Scrivener

10 Ways An Author Website Can Enhance Your Writing Career

At Writer’s Relief, we’ve done a pretty thorough job discussing the importance of making a good first impression to editors and agents through …

Publishing
Literature

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

Resources for writers - Lisa Mikulski - Writer

As I began rebuilding my writing career here in the States, there were a number of things I needed to do in order to better position myself for …

Writing

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Authors
Creativity

ProWritingAid: The Complete Editing Tool For Writing Better Content

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to think your work does not need editing.<p>Whether you’ve been writing for 20 years or 2 years, …

Nick Harkaway: ‘I have a firework going off in my head and I have to describe it’

The novelist on technology, surveillance and having John le Carré for a father<p>‘If everybody was incredibly committed to acts of kindness and charity in a ubiquitous circle of love and whatever,” Nick Harkaway waves his hands as the words come tumbling out, “we’d be living in a utopia now. People …

Books

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 …

Publishing

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

Writing Craft for Lone Wolves and Authors on a Budget

Sshh! I have a secret. I’ve never said it out loud, but I’m going to share it with you – because you need to know.<p>I’m an author with two books out. …

Writing

The Wisdom of Trees: Walt Whitman on What Our Silent Friends Teach Us About Being Rather Than Seeming

A supreme lesson in authenticity from a being “so innocent and harmless, yet so savage.”<p><i>“When we have learned how to listen to trees,”</i> Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, <i>“then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an</i> …

Poetry

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

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 …

Authors

The *Best* Apps for Freelance Writers

<b>Blog</b> • By Leila Mooney November 7, 2017 • 20 min read<p>Freelancing is all about freedom. The freedom to work for yourself and flexibility that those …

Pomodoro Technique

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 …

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 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

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 …