Writer's Life

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7 Simple Hacks to Get Writing When You Just Can’t

“How do you write so much?” asked one young writer. “I struggle so hard to write for even just a few minutes everyday!” Let’s face it: writing is …

Productivity

How to Write (and Actually Finish) Your Novel

According to Kurt Vonnegut, “The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.” If this is …

10 More Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 2

• Create a space in your home especially for writing. This way you have an oasis and you can also send a message that, when you are in this space, you …

Writing

2 Ways to Beat Writing Procrastination and Finish Your WIP

Today’s guest post is by Amina Cavallo. Amina is a writer and audiobook narrator who believes stories carry unique beauty. Her blog, Numawok …

Writing a Killer First Page

Nothing brings a writer more agony than writing the first page of their novel. There are plenty of articles listing what not to do on the first page, …

Writing

These 5 Smart Headline Tips Will Make Readers Click, Like, and Share Your Content

There's a reason some articles go viral.<p>This month marks the third year that I've been blogging. One of the biggest lessons I've learned along the way is the importance of writing headlines that capture the reader's attention and make her want to click-through and read.<p>It can be a tall challenge to …

Digital Marketing

The 'Pulp Fiction' Technique for Engaging and Persuasive Content

You’ve seen <i>Pulp Fiction</i>, right? It’s the classic 1994 black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.<p>The film is highly stylized, …

Content Marketing

Making the Choice to Write

6 Most Effective Ways to Increase Sales of Standalone Books

A standalone book is like an island — it depends on its own merit to draw crowds, and unlike a series, it may not have a built-in audience at launch. …

Publishing

No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create

This was the <i>BBC.com</i> headline:<p>Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character:<p>Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an …

Racism

Why you need to write multiple headlines for every article

For content writers, that fact is alarming. But it also places extra importance on the headlines we choose for our content, as headlines have the power to influence readers even if they don’t read any more of the article.<p>I don’t believe the perfect headline exists, though. Not anymore, anyway.<p>The …

Digital Marketing

The Writer’s Process

Hmm, what’s my process? Funny, I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me that before. I don’t really have a “process,” per se, just a simple routine that I meticulously follow every day like a disciplined genius robot.<p>I usually wake up around 5 or 5:05 A.M., and get out of bed immediately. I do not …

I Don't Want To

47 no-fail ways to find blog post ideas

Empty Google docs.<p>Empty editorial calendars.<p>Empty WordPress posts.<p>Sometimes content marketers have to deal with a lot of emptiness, and turn all that blank space into content that attracts, and engages, and converts.<p>But no pressure, right?<p>How do you keep the ideas and creativity flowing constantly …

Digital Marketing

Poem of the week: Wedding by Alice Oswald

Skilfully moving through changing similes, this outstanding modern sonnet pays tribute to the balancing act of love<p><b>Wedding</b><p>From time to time our love is like a sail<br>and when the sail begins to alternate<br>from tack to tack, it’s like a swallowtail<br>and when the swallow flies it’s like a coat;<br>and if the …

Poetry

5 ways to kick writer’s block to the curb

Even the most successful and prolific writers can suffer from a lack of words.<p>It seems, too, that every writer has a few tricks to handle writer’s …

Writing

Three Different Types of Edits Writers Should Be Aware Of

Self-publishing has never been easier for a writer. Today, becoming a published writer is as easy as a simple click. Writers, however, must never …

Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2016<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend. This evening, the organization announced the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards, recognizing some of the …

Science Fiction

How To Write More And Create A Daily Writing Habit

<b>In the last 3 years, I’ve written 3 novels.</b> On one hand, this is fantastic and I am celebrating my achievements. But on the other hand, it just isn’t …

Borrowing, Stealing, and Building Upon Other People's Writing Ideas

Borrowing, Stealing, and Building Upon Other People’s Writing Ideas<p>Posted by Melissa Donovan on January 3, 2017 ·<p>May I use a few of your writing …

Director Terence Davies finds a soul mate in Emily Dickinson

"A Quiet Passion" is Terence Davies' eighth feature, and the 71-year-old English native has made a stern, evocative feature on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, portrayed by Cynthia Nixon. Most historical biographies on film behave as tidy museum pieces, however lifelessly, while others …

Emily Dickinson

5 Crucial Tips if You Want to Write for Local Publications

If you’ve pitched stories to national outlets before, you know to expect a rejection within two weeks or so. That’s because these media organizations …

Freelancing

3 Reasons Authors Shouldn't Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway - Jerry Jenkins | Proven Writing Tips

Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of digital publishing and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but …

Bad Writing Habits and How to Break Them

This is somewhat embarrassing to admit in public, but we’re all friends here at WU, so I’ll go ahead: not long ago, one of my books was being made …

Authors

How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips

This guide to how to write a horror story covers the basics. First, read a definition of horror and common elements of horror fiction. Then read 6 …

Writing

Master This Writing Practice to Find More Loyal Readers

If you want to write about anything you’d like, as often as you’d like, there’s a place for that: your own website.<p>It’s a modern privilege that gives …

Content Marketing

How Content Writing Ruined my Creativity and What I did to Get it Back

15 years ago, I could write essays, creative short stories, poems as easily as reading a book. I had so much to express and emotions were so strong …

Writing

How to Optimize Your WordPress Database with One Click

Have you ever optimized your WordPress database? Optimizing your database cleans up unwanted data which reduces database size and improves …