Laurence O'Bryan

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Don't Use Description in Your Writing

<b>Don’t Use Description in Your Writing</b>Now hold up. Wait a minute, and let me explain myself.I understand that what I’m saying sounds absolutely crazy. …

Creative Writing

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

How to Side Hustle your Writing Career While Working Full-Time — #1: Making Time

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s …

Stephen King

Self-Publishing with Amazon KDP: Orna Ross Interviews KDP Manager Darren Hardy

Self-Publishing with Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is recommended to all ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) members. No self-publishing …

Writing

Punctuation Without Tears: 4 Tips For Professional Punctuation

<i>Punctuation is one of the most basic tools in the writer's toolbox. But let's face it, we all struggle with it sometimes!</i> <i>We can use professional</i> …

Creative Writing

How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

If you’re a fiction writer, you’re always looking for ways to improve your craft. There are so many aspects to focus on — what kind of detail to …

Writing

6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

<b>Reimagining classic fiction has been a common practice among authors since the dawn of novel writing. Here, learn a few lessons from the masters</b> …

Self-publishing News: Our Digital Future | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

A new paper from Frankfurt Book Fair makes the case that in a digital world, publishing will move in the direction of subscription and serialisation. …

Writing Advice: 8 Self-editing Techniques to Cut Your Editing Time in Half | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

Do you dread self-editing? Learn to embrace and enjoy it – and to do it faster and better – with this simple checklist of 8 top tips by …

Evoking Emotion in Fiction: 7 Pragmatic Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn

<b>Evoking emotion on the page begins with the man or woman at the keyboard. Using the classic novel Where the Red Fern Grows, Dustin Grinnell serves up</b> …

Be a Ruthless Editor

Hard rules are a good thing for writers sometimes. The sonnet is one of the strictest forms of poetry, but some of the world’s greatest poems are …

Writing

This 95-Year Stanford Study Reveals 1 Secret to Living a Longer, More Fulfilling Life

This decades-long study shows that living an easy, stress-free life won't make you happier -- and definitely won't help you live longer.<p>What will make you happy? What will make you feel fulfilled? What will help you live a longer, healthier life?<p>Good questions.<p>Enter Lewis Terman with an …

Infographic: Timeless tips to make you a better writer

Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight …

The 8 best books on writing:

Essential reading for aspiring writers.

Writing

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The tendency to be judgmental is a human emotion. We are all guilty of creating perceptions about people without taking the time to consider what …

5 Test Results To Help You Market Your Ebook

At BookBub, we like to make decisions based on data. Results and analysis influence our pricing, our category offerings, the number of books we …

The 3 Questions That Will Solve Every “Plot Problem” You’ll Ever Have

<i>The following excerpt is from Steven James’ book Story Trumps Structure. Prior to the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Steven will present a</i> …

34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees

34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees<p>There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in May, some with substantial prizes.<p>As always, …

What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

My book made it to No. 1 on Amazon's self-help, new releases. Here's how you can find similar success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book. It was the story of how a single dad of five led his kids, his …

Writing

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

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How George R.R. Martin went from revered 'Game of Thrones' author to the literary world's biggest villain

George R.R. Martin is most famous for writing the book series that “Game of Thrones” is based on - but he's also infamous for the fact that he’s yet to finish writing the books after more than two decades.<p>But that may be, in part, because Martin isn't as obsessed with writing the books as his fan …

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 …

Carl Sagan on the Power of Books and Reading as the Path to Democracy

“Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.”<p><i>“Someone reading a book is a sign of order in the world,”</i> wrote the poet Mary Ruefle. Four centuries earlier, while ushering in a new world order, Galileo contemplated how books give us superhuman powers — a …

The Weird Habits Of These Famous Writers Will Surprise You

If you have writer's block, maybe try wearing a hat like Dr. Seuss!<p><i>We've all wondered about the creative processes of exceptionally talented, successful writers. Well, as Ellen Weinstein reveals in her book,</i> Recipes for Good Luck, <i>many of them believed in superstitions and had quirky little rituals</i> …

19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …

6 Self-Publishing Myths That Need to Die

In 2015, Joanna Penn hosted a talk at Nottingham Writers’ Studio on how to make a living from your writing.<p>Her talk dispelled many of the myths …

The Best LinkedIn Marketing And Promotion Tactics For 2018

How To Market On LinkedIn In 2018: Share Content From Your LinkedIn Business Page Leave Comments On Other LinkedIn Posts Write Long-Form LinkedIn …

How to use rhythm when creating emotion in your writing

Writing starts with reading. The single most important thing for a writer is to read constantly <b>and when you’re not reading, you should be writing.</b> …

14 Stephen King quotes about writing you totally need to hang on your wall

The first Stephen King book I ever read was <i>The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon</i>. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it …