The Writer's Nook

By Leonard Tillerman  | Everything and anything to do with Freelance Writing.

You’re Fired! How Getting Fired Fueled My Desire to Take my Novel Seriously [Part 1]

True Story:<p>On a warm, Thursday in March. The first hour of the work day, I spent walking around downtown St. Pete. From the Rowdies Stadium to …

Study: The perfect blog post length—and how long it should take to write

If you're looking for short, easy answers to some common blogging questions, here you go:<p>How long should a blog post be?<p>Answer: 1,000 words<p>How long …

It's Time to Pump You (and Your Content) Up

So, Copyblogger has been running for about 11 years now. And in all that time, we’ve never written a post about Arnold Schwarzenegger, unless you …

The Da Vinci Code code: what's the formula for a bestselling book?

Sales figures for the most popular modern authors round up familiar suspects from Dan Brown to JK Rowling. Taken together, they hint at surprising sales secrets<p>Steve Berry could be forgiven for asking himself every day what it takes to make a book a global bestseller. Back in 2003, the former …

Publishing

10 Tips to Improve Your Fiction Writing

• Drop your “crutch words” (read over your writing with a critical eye to find out what your personal favourites are): “seemed to”, “as if”, “a …

Writer's Block

Study: The perfect blog post length—and how long it should take to write

If you're looking for short, easy answers to some common blogging questions, here you go:<p>How long should a blog post be?<p>Answer: 1,000 words<p>How long …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

If we want to create memorable protagonists, we have to remember their purpose in our stories. Last week I wrote about the four main characters and …

So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words?

So, how do you, like, um, stop using verbal fillers that can make you sound, you know, nervous or not so smart?<p><b>Is there a name for this?</b><p>Communications experts describe “um,” “aah,” “you know” and similar expressions as discourse markers, interjections or verbal pauses.<p>They often occur when we are …

15 Words With Origins So Obvious You Never Noticed Them

The red car is <i>fast,</i> the blue one is <i>faster</i>, and green is the <i>fastest</i>. As you may recall from grammar class, these three words make up the positive, …

Language

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When They Write a Book

You have a story to tell. Tell it, profitably.<p>Books can make, break or elevate a brand. For an entrepreneur, a book is the ultimate business card and a creative way to expand your voice. Most of all, publishing a book is a powerful way to share your story and expertise in a way that can change …

You Weren't There? So What: 4 Tips on Writing Historical Fiction

In 2008, I set off on a mission to unearth the story of how my grandfather and his siblings, a family of Polish Jews, managed to survive the Holocaust. After years of collecting oral histories and digging up archival records, I pieced together a cohesive, bare-bones narrative, which took shape at …

127 Prompts To Finish Before You Write About Yourself

Which<br>is your best physical feature? Why do you like it? Describe it.<p>Do<br>you have a vivid early childhood memory? Describe it using the five …

Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes.

I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every…Continue …

Publishing

How To Get Started With Sketchnotes

Have you ever seen someone make creative notes at a conference and wished that your own notebook was more presentable? It’s probably <b>much easier to do</b> …

Tools for Authors: 34 Pieces of Writing Software that Will Improve Your Writing, Make Editing and Publishing Easier, And Improve Your Concentration and Motivation

It took me over three years to write my book, a measly 52k word memoir. (since it was a memoir – I kind of knew the story already. I am in awe of …

Why New Novelists Need On-going Training

Shares 0<p>Do you wonder why novelists need training? The answer is simple.<p>Because more often than not, newer writers—and a few stubborn ones who have …

Writing

When It's Time to Start Over

How many of you have been writing for a while? This article is for you—though if you’re brand-new, this will eventually apply to you, too. <i>Ahem</i>. <b>There</b> …

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 …

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Networking for a Writer: Impacts and Importance

Networking is the art of reaching out to people with the same interests, thoughts, views, and opinions as your own. It’s basically under the umbrella …

The Best Words to Describe “Love”

Love has been described as “A many Splendored Thing” in poems (William Waterway), in films (1955), and in Academy Award winning songs (lyrics Paul …

Victoria Griffin Fiction

<b>Give your characters no disagreeable traits</b>. They should have no strange quirks, no odd anecdotes—nothing to make the reader believe your characters …

How to Use Social Media Wisely as a Writer

You’re a writer, right? If you’re a human living in the twenty-first century, you’re probably also a social media user. (And if you’re not, then wow! …

Social Media Marketing

Top 10 Tips for Better Writing

Writing is a great way to express yourself, work through your own thoughts, and all-around exercise your brain. In honor of NaNoWriMo and writing …

Writing

Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice |

There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you …

Writing Contests and Conferences: Day 2 - MY WRITER'S NOOK

Without a doubt, I am currently spending considerably more time reading and researching than I am actually <i>writing</i>! I honestly don’t know if that is …

Publishing

What do Weight Loss and Falling in Love Have in Common?

Source<p>Introduction<p>We are now well into the year 2017 and hopefully, those dreaded New Year’s resolutions are still going strong. It is a very good …

The local library helped me become a novelist

Apropos Professor Krashen’s letter (2 February) on the need to invest in libraries rather than phonics tests, as a young child I was taken every Saturday morning by my father to the local library to change the three books I would have got through during the week. I was lucky in coming from a family …

Literature

Building an Author Platform

<b>NFAA:</b> What are some of your favorite strategies for building an author platform?<p><b>MARIKA FLATT:</b> <i>At PR by the Book, we believe in combining several</i> …