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Stop Researching and Start the Book: Writing Advice by a Bestselling Author

“There’s a great procrastination urge to re-read everything you’ve written.”<p><b>James Clear</b> is a productivity expert who uses behavioral science to help …

Authors

10 Writing Lessons I Learned From Interviewing 30 Bestselling Authors

Stay focused and get more writing done<p>Having interviewed more than 30 bestselling authors over the past year on my podcast, I've learned a lot about how they overcome distractions and mental blocks and get down to work each day.<p>I like to ask them about their writing process: How they get started …

Authors

The 46 Best Coastal Towns in America

There are not one, but two beaches where wild horses roam free.<p>While a shore vacation may involve the same types of R&R (enjoying a lovely view, …

Travel

12 Ways Neil Gaiman Can Help You Improve Your Writing Right Now

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Few writers of fantasy (or any other genre) can claim to be as wildly successful as Neil Gaiman. The mild-mannered English …

Writing

What Does It Mean to Move the Plot?

“Move the plot, move the plot—<i>everything</i> in your story must move your plot!!!”<p>So rail all writing professors.<p>Meanwhile, the writers themselves just …

Defeating Conference Regret

By Sarah Evans<p>The first type of writing conference regret typically hits shortly after the event begins.<p>You’ve just walked out of your first breakout …

Authors

Hippocampus Magazine Seeking Social Media Writers, Section Editor, Copy Editors, and Readers

Hippocampus Magazine is growing and, with that, comes a need to expand our volunteer team. We’re looking to add a few members to our editorial and …

You Don’t Have to Starve (If You Do This)

A friend of mine recently did a survey of a few thousand writers, asking them how much money they make off their writing per month. Do you know what …

Publishing

The Saturday poem: Across the fields to St Begas

by Lorna Goodison<p>Clear the stile set in the dry stonewall then<br>set out across fields to where St Bega beckons.<br>You’ll step past drowsing dams who suckle<br>newborns beneath shade trees.<p>You have never seen so many lambs fattening<br>on creamy ewe milk. Sweet faced they are, these<br>ideal baby sheep, all …

Poetry

Every Generation Gets the Emily Dickinson It Needs

In A Quiet Passion, she's the feminist rebel the twenty-first century craves.<p>Every age gets the Emily Dickinson it needs. This, anyway, is the conclusion I came to when watching <i>A Quiet Passion,</i> Terence Davies' biopic of the poet. In 2017, Emily (Cynthia Nixon) is a rebel, refusing to be "saved" by …

Poetry

Never Call Youself a Writer, and Other Rules for Writing

By Shawna Kenney<p>First thought, best thought; revise, revise, revise. Write first thing in the morning when the mind is alert; write at night and …

Writing

The Essay: Brave, Engaged, Inventive

<i>Redivider,</i> the <i></i>journal of new art and literature out of Emerson College, is accepting submissions for the 2017 Beacon Street Prize through the end of …

Essays

Ernest Hemingway, Wrestling With Life (documentary)

5 Tips for Surviving Criticism of Your Writing

A while back I attended a novel-writing workshop. Each week we read thirty pages from two students and spoke about them in depth during class, …

Writing

3 Common Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Today’s guest post is by Blake Powell. Blake is on a mission to help writers overcome their doubts and create work that matters. Download his FREE …

Writing

The Secret to Reading Poetry? First Dates

Happy Poetry Month! My students often scowl when I announce we’ll be reading a poem or covering *heaven forbid* an entire unit on poetry. Reading …

Poetry

An Hour Renting Emily Dickinson's Bedroom Where She Wrote Her Entire Life's Work

<i>“Sweet hours have perished here;<br>This is a mighty room”</i><p>You can visit the café in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling supposedly sat penning <i>Harry Potter</i>, tour …

Poetry

7 overlooked women writers you should be reading now

Woman reclining at a desk next to a typewriter, circa 1900. Photo by William H. Rau/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images.<p>When author Paula …

Books

7 Power Writing Tips To Make People Read and Love Your Content

I chuckle whenever someone says <i>“I can’t write.”</i><p>I know – for a fact, that all of you reading this right now <i>love to write.</i><p>I mean, hello? It’s 2017 and …

Writing

4 Easy Ways to Become a Better Writer

Writing has never been easy, but there are some ways to make it a little easier.<p>No matter how many times you do it, there's something undeniably difficult about writing. You're creating something from nothing--and you add on that the pressure to make something new and unique.<p>When you start writing …

Writing

10 Tips for Self Publishing a Photo Book Through Kickstarter

In January 2016 I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get my first book, <i>Animal Soul</i>, printed. Here I will share ten things I learned that …

Publishing

Emily Dickinson and I Did the Same Thing

<i>This is the second in a series of story-saving techniques</i><p>I’m an avid reader of Emily Dickinson poems and letters – always have been. Recently, one of …

25 Protest Poetry Collections To Read Right Now

1 ‘Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness’ by Carolyn Forché<p>Featuring the words of more than 140 poets from five continents, all …

Poetry

One Frightful Characterization Tip That Will Transform Your Stories

Here’s a fun thing: I was GOING to write about some author-experiences to prepare you for what’s coming down the road as you put your writing out in …

Writing

10 Easy Ways To Write A Powerful And Addictive Introduction

So, you’ve been writing and publishing articles on your blog for some time now with nothing to show for it.<p>You’ve always tried to put your very best …

Writing

4 things writers should stop worrying about

Writing at work causes so much stress. So many questions. So much doubt.<p>Is this comma in the right place? Is that a run-on sentence? Do you need …

Writing

4 Apps That Can Make You a Better Writer

Let’s face it: Writing doesn’t come easy for everyone.<p>If you need a little extra help in the writing department, there are some fantastic (free) writing apps that can improve your abilities instantly.<p>Grammarly<p>This writing tool can be used in both Microsoft Word and Outlook, and is kind of like …

3 Writing Superpowers Every Blogger Needs

<i>This is a guest contribution from Al Tait.</i><p><b>Confession:</b> I wrote this post twice.<p>I believe in the power of storytelling and I think it’s at the heart of …

Writing

How to Write Character Arcs

Think it’s enough to write a great character? Think again. If you’re going to write a story worthy of your amazing character, the first thing you …