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25 Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life (Even If That's You!)

With Thanksgiving almost here and Christmas just around the corner, <b>it's time to think about presents for the writer in your life.</b> If that's you, then …

Authors

10 Ways An Author Website Can Enhance Your Writing Career

At Writer’s Relief, we’ve done a pretty thorough job discussing the importance of making a good first impression to editors and agents through …

Publishing

Memoir Mondays: The best first-person writing from across the web

Explaining to your biracial child why white supremacists are marching feels like asking him to try to hold battery acid in his bare hands. How do you …

Books

Why Even New Writers Need to Prepare an Author Bio

<i>Even new writers need to keep an author bio on hand.</i><p><b>By Anne R. Allen</b><p>The author bio on your social media, blog or website is one of the most important …

Authors

Charles Bukowski Wrote So Fast His Publisher Couldn’t Keep Up

It’s no news that Charles Bukowski was a one-of-a-kind writer: womanizer, boozer, Dirty Old Man, two-bit ignorant who couldn’t tell Hercules from …

Poetry

Rules of Writing: How to Create Your Own Rules

It’s good to study other writers’ rules, but in the end, those rules were not made for you—they were made for other writers. If you’re serious about …

Writing

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Authors

19 Classic Poems for Lovers of the Sea and Sailing

The sea has been a powerful, inevitable presence in poetry from its ancient beginnings, in Homer’s <i>Iliad</i> and <i>Odyssey</i> to the present day. It’s a …

Poetry

The Greatest Writing Tips the World has Ever Seen

<i>Originally by John Hatcher</i><p><i>"The best tip I ever heard was "Go to law school." I think this had as much to do with this person's assessment of my</i> …

Writing

How Famous Writers Overcome Writer’s Block and Reawaken Their Creativity

7 strategies that will help you get back in your creative flowSome writers argue that “writer’s block” isn’t real. It’s just an excuse to use when …

Authors

The Arab poet who worshipped wine

A new book of translations is set to bring a classical Arabic poet into the Western imagination – and change perceptions of the Middle East with it.<p>One of literature’s undeniable life lessons is that hedonists make fantastic poets. Horace – one of ancient Rome’s most prized lyricists – once …

Poetry

How To Research A Historical Fiction Novel, According To YA Author Erin Bowman

You may only associate the term "world building" with writing science fiction or fantasy, but it is just as important when writing historical …

Historical Fiction

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9 Writing Tips To Improve Your Content

The best writers could still get better, right? This article by John Jantsch presents 9 simple writing tips to help you improve your content<i>. It is</i> …

Writing

What Are Some Iconic Poems Everyone Should Memorize?

Here’s a list of essential classics everyone should know. These old poems form the tradition of the English language, linger in the memory of English …

Poetry

Dialogue words: Other words for ‘said’

Writing effective, compelling dialogue has multiple elements. It’s not only <i>what</i> characters say but <i>how</i> they say it that matters. Or how you show who’s …

Writing

8 timeless writing tips from David Ogilvy

Writing is a big part of increasing your company’s visibility.<p>From website copy and e-newsletters to blog posts and social media updates, your …

Writing

Beware the Ebook Front Matter Trap

The great thing about self-publishing is that there is no one telling you what you have to do with your book. You can write in whatever genre you …

Publishing

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long …

Popular Fiction

Let It Flow: Writing Without Editing

Last week in my workshop on self-editing at Mid-American Review’s Winter Wheat Festival of Writing, writer Terry Korth Fischer asked a great question:<p>…

Writing

Crafting Micro Stories

Micro stories are not only great fun, but excellent practice for writers. Creating micro stories forces you to tighten your prose – an essential …

Writing

11 Apps For Writers That Can Help You Get Your Masterpiece Completed In No Time

Let's face it: writing isn't a simple task, and authors can use all the help they can get when it comes to finishing (or starting) their projects. …

Writing

How Do You Write a Horror Novel When Your Dad Is Stephen King?

Joe Hill's books are critically lauded, commercially successful. People love them. And in the not-too-distant future, Hollywood is going to bring Hill's work to the screen (one's made, the rest of his work has been optioned). But despite all of Hill's obvious success, one question remains: How do …

Grand Central Station

The Summoning World: Mary Oliver’s (Re)Visionary Legacy - Los Angeles Review of Books

THIS SUMMER, walking the wooded lanes of my husband’s Massachusetts hometown, I reached down to rescue a red eft that had wandered into the road: I …

Books

What's The Best Writing App For NaNoWriMo?

Photo via Visual Hunt<p>Do you have the start of your novel in a Google doc? A note on your phone? Or perhaps you spent the first week of NaNoWriMo …

Technology (Australia)

Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo? Here are 17 writing tips

November is National Novel Writing Month and for the estimated 400,000 participants hoping to crank out 50,000 words by the end of the month — …

Authors

Poster Children | Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction

1.<p>We’re in single file, led by an American flag with stars in the shape of a wheelchair, and headed to the convention hotel that I still think we’re …

Non-fiction

JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

Last month, I brought to your attention Neil Gaiman’s rules of writing. He’s not the only accomplished writer who ascribes to a set of rules. Today, …

Authors

Winner Announced: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction 2017

This was far more difficult than I imagined! There were outstanding elements to each and every piece, whether it was structure, language, or theme …

Books