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Writing Secondary Characters - Interview with Scott Lynch

<i>Winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award and 2007 World Fantasy Award finalist, Scott Lynch is the author of the Gentleman Bastard</i> …

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I Did a lecture for a Chicago Meetup.Com group recently. The topic was character development and I had a grand total of one hour on the subject. I …

Creative Writing

How Do I Write a Novel?

I get asked two main questions being an author: “Why do you write,” and “how do you write?”<p>First answer is easy: if I don’t write, I feel empty, …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry …

7 F***in' Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine

I spent ages looking for tips on building writing habits, and was disappointed. There's a lot of bland advice out there: write every day, don't edit …

22 of the Best Quotes on Writing Ever

I love quotes about writing. I hope you do, too. If you do, I’d love to know what your favorite quote about the craft is – how about sharing it with …

Writer’s Block: 27 Ways to Crush It Forever

Let me guess…<p>You’re staring at the blank screen. Your brain is fried. You can feel a headache coming on.<p>You know you should be writing, but…<p>You can’t …

Creative Writing

How to Create Amazing Characters

Everyone wants to create those characters that have people talking about them long after they close the book; real people having real conversations …

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer

A couple of weeks ago we asked our readers to share their writing tips. The response was far beyond the initial expectations, and the quality of the …

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

Like Steven James’ advice? Get more of it in Novel Writing, your guide to writing a publishable novel. <b>Order now >></b><p>I have a confession to make.<p>When I …

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10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book

<i>Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.</i> <b><br>–Mark Twain</b>The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual …

Fifteen Ways to Write a Novel

The Word Target<p>What: You don’t let yourself leave the keyboard each day until you’ve hit 2,000 words.<p>Why: It gets you started. You stop fretting over …

Getting Published with our Friday Pitch - Things Made From Letters: the Allen & Unwin blog

In 2006 I set up Friday Pitch to try to source more commercial fiction manuscripts than I was receiving from literary agents or authors. Before …

create stronger content | Stellar Marketing Activity

You want to write good, strong content, and you want some writing tips that are evergreen and implementable straight away. Then you’re in the right …

15 Awesome Tips About Writing Your Teacher Wouldn't Tell You

Learn 15 habits that will make you a better writer today. Avoid writers block and put pen to paper successfully with these top tips.

Hemingway on how to practice to be a good writer

Ernest Hemingway had this advice on how to practice to be a good writer when you're not actually at your desk writing:<p>"When people talk listen …

How to Be a Writer: Do You Use These 3 Vital Keys to Success?

Shares 365<p>Do you wonder how to be a writer?<p>To be a writer is more than learning how to string words together effectively.<p>It’s about using the three …

How to Improve Your Writing Skills

How to improve your writing skills.Today’s post features excerpts from <i>10 Core Practices for Better Writing</i>. These excerpts are from “Chapter Five: …

Staring into the Darkness: On Reading Thrillers and Writing One

Not long after I published my first novel, my mother died. She was in her mid-60s, and her health had been declining for a while because of an …

John Steinbeck's Six Tips for Aspiring Writers

1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets …

10 Winning Ways to Open Your Novel

by Darcy Pattison<p>In my book, START YOUR NOVEL, I list twelve ways to start novels and give examples from the top 100 opening lines of all times. …

The Heart of Great Stories-How to Create Clear, Interesting Character OBJECTIVES - Kristen Lamb

Friday, we talked about how to create protagonists readers will love. James Scott Bell in his book <i>Plot & Structure</i> introduces what he calls the LOCK …

How to Create Conflict and Plot Out of Character by K.M. Weiland

If you’re a NaNoWriMo participant or wannabe, you know that we’re counting down the days to the 2013 challenge with lots of blog posts to help you …

Effective Ways to Open Your Blog Post With A Bang

Next to the headline, the opening paragraph is the most important part of a blog post because it’s going to determine whether or not readers will …

Inspiring Quotes for Writers

Writers write because they need to write – it’s an urge and it’s a calling that is bigger than them. While writing my novel, I have discovered things …

Creative Writing

What Sells a Book? - Self-Publishing Review

<b>Book covers</b><p>I’ve often seen independent authors posting a series of cover images online and asking people to choose their favourite; or they might ask …

How to Edit Your Own Writing

Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file …

Creative Writing

How to choose the right publishing option for YOU by Oliver Rhodes

<i>RU Writers! Put on your reading glasses, you’re going to want to see what Oliver Rhodes has to say about the publishing world today – the changes,</i> …