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8 Ways to Outline a Novel

There are countless ways to outline a novel. Ultimately, the "right way to outline" is whatever way works best for you.To give you a few options to …

Writing

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

Creative Writing

10 Top Websites Authors Don't Even Know They Need

Here are ten great author sites to help your writing career in ways you may not even know you need. Be it grammar rules or advice to be the best!

Grammar

Do You Know the 6 Must-Have Elements of a “Wow” Story Premise?

Story premise is the foundation of all good books. It’s the fundamental kernel of the beginning idea. But it’s more than that. If you can craft a …

15 common mistakes novelists make

And Neil Gaiman should know …<p>Here at the Writers’ Workshop we see a lot of novels, many hundreds of them every year. And, on the whole, our writers …

4 Free, On-Demand Writing Webinars

Connect with Us<p>4 Free, On-Demand Writing Webinars<p>The word <i>free</i> has a nice ring to it, especially when writers are involved. While there are an …

It's Never too Late to... Write a Novel

In the first of an occasional series, we go in search of people who have pursued a passion later in life<p>Got a half-finished novel in your bottom drawer which you have been too shy to show anyone? Well, now is the time to give your baby the TLC it needs. Imagine how proud you will feel if you buckle …

Writing

Ten Tasks of the First Chapter

The first chapter is both a blessing and a curse.<p>It is easy to come up with an idea, sit down, and begin to tell yourself the story. Many authors …

How to Write a 93,000 Word Book With Evernote

One of the biggest challenges of the writing process is compiling all the elements required to structure the story—detailed research, ideas, …

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

How to Feel Like Writing Again

We’ve all felt it at one time or another. The story loses its shine and you’re left with a half-completed story. Why does this happen, and how do you …

The Totally Boring Process of Writing a Book

This is the year you write a book. I believe that. But if you’re anything like me, that process won’t look like what you think.I remember several …

Writing

7 Habits of Highly Successful Writers

It has been said that the problem with writers is that they don’t write. While there are exceptions, many brilliant writers’ work has never seen the light of day due to bad habits. If you’re a writer and want to complete your first novel, make six figures as a freelancer or have dreams of winning …

12 articles that will help you write your next novel

Writing inspiration for the middle of NaNoWriMo<p>You’re only halfway through the first week of <b>National Novel Writing Month</b>, which means you’ve still …

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Books

While working on my book <i>Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors</i>, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the …

Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To Write - Writer's Relief, Inc.

As the last of the Baby Boomers celebrate their 50th birthdays in 2014, they’re redefining what it means to reach this milestone. Years ago, turning …