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How to create tension in writing: 8 methods

Suspense and tension are essential for a page-turner. What are some techniques writers use for increasing tension in the rising action of a story or …

Creative Writing

How to Start Writing a Book

It's rare to meet a person who hasn't thought at some stage in their life, "I want to write a book." Whether its memoir, fiction, a children's picture book, creative non-fiction, historical or erotica, most of us believe we have a story inside us that is literally aching to be told.<p>But of all the …

Call for Papers: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance

<i>A three-day conference on translation, called “The Only Thing Worth Globalizing is Dissent: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance,” is set</i> …

Do Readers Really Only Read The First Ten Pages?

One of the questions I get asked all the time is “do readers really only read the first ten pages?”In my experience, the short answer is yes. It …

explaining and justifying the use of theory via a sentence skeleton

I started this blog in early July 2011. To begin with I put up a load of small writing/researching ‘tools’ that I often used in teaching doctoral …

Writing Tips from History’s Greatest Authors

Take heart, fellow newbies! Everybody’s been where we are…and a lot of them have survived, even prospered!<p>Um, we could’ve put that more positively, …

Debunking Common Myths About Writing

Posted by Melissa Donovan on July 8, 2014 ·<p>Have you fallen for any of these myths about writing?<p>Myths abound in the world of the arts, and writers …

Why Everyone Should Write a Book

Recently, I turned in my next book, thus beginning the painful process of editing. After hundreds of hours of research, dozens of interviews, and …

Drawing from Real Life in Fiction

Unlike many people I know, I’ve never wanted to write the story of my life. And I’ve come to belatedly believe that this lack of autobiographic …

Inspiring Quotes About Reading

I am a voracious reader and for the past three days, I’ve been enjoying catching up on my reading. My family often teases me to say that I’ve got …

Writing Process: Write as if Nobody’s Reading

Want a quick fix for your writing process? Here you go. Pretend no one will read what you write – consider your writing an <i>experiment</i>.<p>You’d be …

5 Research Steps Before Writing Your Book Proposal

Photo credit: The City of Toronto via Visualhunt.com / CC BY<p>Writing a nonfiction book proposal—a good one—requires not only sharp clarity about your …

learn to create interactive stories

Yesterday we announced the beta release of Odyssey.js, the open source library that enables journalists, designers and creators to build map-based …

William Faulkner’s Review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

In the mid-20th century, the two big dogs in the American literary scene were William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Both were internationally …

18 People Who Think Reading Literature Is Really, Maniacally Funny

Sometimes books are funny. Other times, according to stock photos, they are really, really, maniacally hilarious:<p><b>"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."</b><p><b>"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him."</b><p><b>"The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places."</b><p><b>"After a</b> …

Top 6 Habits of Professional Writers and Bloggers

After being a professional writer for some time, you start to develop certain productive habits. These habits make <b>the difference between writing</b> …

Turning Novels into Screenplays – Part 2

<b>Part 2 (of 2) of a Guest Post by Art Holcomb</b><p><b>Click HERE to review Part 1… then hurry back here for the pay-off.</b><p>Welcome back!<p>We’re talking today about …

Are The Cards Stacked Against Self-Published Authors?

I'm a huge admirer of literary fiction and of edgy, ground-breaking, literary fiction in particular: <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, <i>Brave New World</i>, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, <i>The Jungle</i>. The list goes on, but each work challenged (and continues to challenge) its readers to ask themselves probing questions and to examine …

Books

Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Book”

<i>“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic,”</i> cosmic sage Carl Sagan memorably proclaimed. Books, indeed, are worthy of the deepest kind of cosmic awe, awe so profound it borders on the ineffable — so much so that only the most articulate of poets can fully capture its expansive …

Book News: Famed Philosopher Accused Of Plagiarizing White Separatist Journal

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek — who is one of the world's most prominent living public intellectuals — has been accused of plagiarizing from the white separatist magazine <i>American Renaissance.</i> (The magazine calls …

Lessons on how to write more

Writing is my primary focus for a lot of my business.<p>How I communicate with client. How I market. How I create products.<p>But I couldn’t do any of that …

Why Creatives Fail: The Difficulties Of Staying Innovative For An Entire Career

I was lucky enough to come up as a journalist working for the legendary Art Cooper, at <i>GQ.</i> Art was one of the last lions of literary journalism, both an exceptionally keen editor and stylist to his core. Art liked his writers to write. He didn’t just encourage voice—often he demanded it.<p>I once spent …

the best ever speech on creativity. – Greenhorns

What makes one company, person (or even farm!) more creative than the next? This is an amazing speech on creativity given by John Cleese (of Monty …

Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

From The Guardian:<p>After figures released this week showed professional authors’ median annual incomes have collapsed to to £11,000, The Society of …

The costs and benefits of publishing your own books

<b>The home of author Nick Spalding is striking, owing to the lack of books.</b><p>There is no sign of the bulging bookcases and reams of paper you might expect in a writer's den. Instead, a tablet computer lies on an armchair - a virtual library of Mr Spalding's required reading and 11 of his own works.<p>It …

Writing

These Rarely Seen Maps Turn Earth Into A Land From A Fantasy Novel

While each of these maps is incredibly striking, it isn't always easy to recognize the places within them as spots on our Earth. Some of them look …

Maps