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Against Productivity

This Essay Took Four Years to Write<p>Four years ago I temporarily moved to Puerto Rico. I went to PR to seek the New American Dream, a dream that had …

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12 Literary Magazines for New & Unpublished Writers

Providing news and helpful information for emerging writers was one of the major motivations for starting the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio website. One …

What Should Authors Blog About?

Wesley Fryer / via Flickr<p>The chain of events goes something like this:<p>An author’s book nears its publication date (or perhaps the author is …

Writing Spies: Five Dos and Don’ts - Kristen Lamb

Piper is back to guest post once more. I’m scrambling to catch up after being flattened from travel/work. Le sigh. Also have to get my NaNo tools …

What to Do When Your Writing Sucks

We all know what it feels like to read brilliant writing. It draws you in, awakens your emotions and leaves you feeling alive with personal …

Meditate and Change Your Life

We live in a time when we tend to look so far ahead into the future that we may lose sight of what's going on in our lives at the moment. I know I used to find myself running so far and so fast that I missed an entire year here and there.<p>All that changed when I began meditating.<p>Meditation stills …

Meditation

3 Common Writing Myths and How One Writer Challenged Them

I was a child writer. As early as first or second grade, I spent most of my free time filling up notebooks with story ideas and character sketches. …

Writing

5 Quick and Easy Meditations That Anyone Can Do

Don't have time to sit in the lotus position for 45 minutes? Don't throw your spiritual journey out the window just because you can't keep up with the Dalai Lama's dedication to mental stillness.<p>Our brains multitask all day. During meditation, we switch our intention by focusing on one particular …

Meditation

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements

Even the simplest of stories aren’t simple. Most of them feature dozens of characters, settings, POVs, themes, conflicts–and on and on. A good story …

Editing psychosis: recognize the signs

It’s time to shed some light on a severe disorder that is rarely discussed in writing circles. Usually because the poor sufferers don’t recognize the …

Plot: Managing Multiple Plot Lines

5 Steps To Find Your Book's Ideal Audience

There’s nothing quite like seeing a book with your name on it. The beautiful cover, the weight of it in your hands, the pages of your creativity …

7 TIPS FOR WRITING FIRST DRAFTS

<i>This guest post is by Dr. Kim Foster who is a practising physician, a published author, and a mom. She’s also an active health blogger.</i><p>Just in time …

Balzer Designs

One of the number one questions that I get asked is how do you find the time to do so much?<p>I wish I had a glamorous answer that would revolutionize …

5 Things That Lead to a NaNoWriMo Win

NaNo is coming up and I do several things to make sure I win. Most of my tasks are designed to remove the pressure that goes with winning …

On Writing Memoir: How to Begin

I have a writing partner who is dear to me. We send writing to one another bi-weekly and in the off weeks we critique one another’s work via Skype.<p>I …

The Crash: Braving Your Second Draft

Tell me if you’ve been here before.<p>It’s May, with finals lurking around every corner, and you’re stuck in your room barreling through the paper on …

Portrait of a 'Writer'

I'm the worst kind of writer.<p>I'm the kind of writer who rarely writes, but retains the title. I'm prone to tiresome amounts of alliteration -- even now, I'm resisting the urge to be alliterative, and not doing a very good job of it. My writing often sounds like writing, in a bad way.<p>But this is …

Cheers to Horrible First Drafts

It's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where thousands of established and aspiring writers sit down and wrangle the plot bunnies that have bounced around their heads for the past year. I love NanoWriMo because the effort is about quantity, not quality. 1667 words a day for 30 days totals a …

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

It's that time of year again: November, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Why somebody somewhere decided that a work of fiction could or should be hammered out in 30 frenetic days originally mystified me.<p>The idea behind this month-long fiction sprint is that you pour out your …

The Secret to Crafting Genuine Characters for Your Novel

Think about what makes you interested or drawn to certain people. What qualities of theirs pull you in? Is it a sense of humor? Some interesting …

On Breaking The Rules of Writing: It’s All On The Table

I’m a rebel at heart. I like it when writers break so-called rules and still produce a stunning piece of writing.<p><b>The Rule: Never begin a story with a</b> …

WET009 – Ashley R. Carlson on NaNoWriMo, Writing Habits and More

Ashley R. Carlson is a fantasy writer who successully completed NaNoWriMo in 2013, and it changed her life. She talks about that life change, as well …

Nanowrimo

10 Words Every Writer Needs to Know

With NaNoWriMo or National Novel-Writing Month underway, writers all over the world are doubtless concerned about the prospect of facing writer's cramp, writer's block (dare we mention it? -- more on that below), and the other occupational hazards that lie in wait for those who live their lives by …

Novels aren’t movies – how to handle passage of time in prose

Do you learn your storytelling from movies as much as from prose? Many of us do. While certain principles translate well between the two story media, …