The Writer's Corner

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

The art of a revealing memoir: Terese Marie Mailhot and 'Heart Berries'

Terese Marie Mailhot is from the Seabird Island Band in British Columbia, Canada. After serving as an editor at the Rumpus, columnist for Indian Country Today and faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she has published her first book, the revealing memoir “Heart Berries.” The book — …

Mental Disorders

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 …

Literature

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A Writer’s Guide

Your muse will not react well when tired, sleepy or barely-awake. Some muses work better in the morning, others perform at their best later in the …

Twitter Marketing for New Authors

<i>Twitter marketing won’t suit everyone, but if you’d like to cast a net beyond your circle of family and friends, Twitter marketing can help. Please</i> …

Social Media

Twitter Hashtags for Writers: Turning Strangers into Friends

If Twitter is one of the social media platforms you’re using to let the world know about your debut novel, hashtags could make all the difference in …

Ask Roxane: Is It Too Late to Follow My Dreams?

I love advice columns, always have. Growing up, I read “Dear Abby” and “Ask Ann Landers.” I enjoyed the voyeurism — glimpses into the lives and troubles of others — and I appreciated the steady, practical advice as if truly, for any problem, there was a solution. Giving advice is nearly as …

How Much Is a Word Worth?

When people who read magazines read an article in a magazine, I don’t imagine they know how much the writer was paid. As consumers, we aren’t …

Journalism

33 of Your Favorite Stories of Women Finding Their Voices

This list of women finding their voices is sponsored by <i>Your Story Is Your Power</i> by Elle Luna and Susie Herrick. Published by Workman Publishing.<p>On …

Books

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sign That Book Contract or Take That Freelance Writing Job

<i>The following article first appeared in</i> Writer’s Digest<i> magazine. Subscribe today to get the inspiration and advice you need to succeed as a poet,</i> …

John Keene: Elements of Literary Style

<i>The following was delivered at AWP in Tampa.</i>Literary style is the material articulation, in whatever genre and form, of an author’s attempt to record …

Literature

After Dozens of Rejections, It Only Takes One Acceptance to Make a Writer

In the winter of 1983 I finished my first book. I wrote it in longhand on yellow legal pads and after putting down the last word I scrawled “The End” …

Literature

I Was Living In Poverty When One Small Decision Started Making Me $5,000 a Week

With business slowing to a crawl and his rent due, this entrepreneur found prosperity by leaning into his fear.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, I was in a dilemma. I’d found success as a writer and as a coach, but my business had slowed to a torpor. I didn’t …

Motivation

Here are the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes

Winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on Monday. The Pulitzers are highly revered and mark the …

How do you write a novel? Leading Irish writers including Sebastian Barry and Louise O'Neill explain...

We all have a book in us, but just how do you get it out on paper? Some of Ireland's best writers tell Caomhan Keane what it takes to get the job done<p>…

Books

What tools do you use to write?

What the Editors of The Writing Cooperative Think<p><b>Justin</b><b>: I tend to scratch ideas out using Apple Notes. Those ideas are then transferred into either</b> …

Want to be a Better Writer? Here is Stephen King's Essential Advice

Dumbo, Dairy Queen and Dandelions: 9 brilliant suggestions from King's nearly 20-year-old book<p>Okay, I'll admit that I'm really late to this party. Despite the fact that I'm always seeking advice on how to improve communication in general--and writing in particular--I'd never read Stephen King's …

The Age of Light: Whitney Scharer previews historical romance which set off intense bidding war

Last fall, EW reported on Little, Brown’s seven-figure acquisition of <i>The Age of Light</i>, a historical romance from an unknown author which set off an …

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 …

I’m Consistently Being Featured In Medium’s Top Stories — Here’s How.

All of us who visit Medium.com secretly want to be featured, gain claps and spread our message to the world.<p>Many of you email me and ask me how I …

The Women Crush Wednesday Book List

Here's What to Know and Include in a Freelance Writing Contract

Never, ever start your freelance writing work without some kind of agreement in writing. With some clients, this will eventually become a simple …

31 Morning Journaling Prompts that Will Change the Way You Think

<i>The morning is enormously important. It’s the foundation from which the day is built. How we choose to spend our mornings can be used to predict the</i> …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

The New Vanguard

In 2016, the feminist press Emily Books held a panel in Brooklyn titled, a bit cheekily, “What Is Women’s Writing?” There was no consensus, much laughter and a warm, rowdy vibe. Eileen Myles read from a memoir in progress and Ariana Reines read a poem, wearing a dress with a pattern of a city on …

Got Writer's Block? Here's Your Cure

Writer’s block. We’ve all experienced the dreaded symptoms. Your hand frozen over the page. The blank screen staring back at you like an unblinking …

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Writing Habit (That Sticks Like Superglue)

You <i>know</i> you need to write often to have a successful writing career.<p>You <i>want</i> to build a writing habit so you can unleash the ideas, words, and stories …

13 grammar myths you should stop believing

Myth 1 — Never start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'<p>According to the grammar experts at the 'Chicago Manual of Style,' you don't have to do mental gymnastics to avoid starting a sentence with a conjunction. "There is a widespread belief — one with no historical or grammatical foundation — that …

Linguistics

Here's How to Create Your Own Metaphors

How to Create Metaphors<p>Metaphor Exercises to Enliven Your Writing<p>Updated September 08, 2017<p>A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object …

Let’s Talk About the Fantasy of the Writer’s Lifestyle

Let’s talk about the fantasy of the “writer’s lifestyle.” Most writers and most readers are familiar with the basics: the writer is typically an …

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