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This is Why You Need to Find Creative Writing Ideas Your Readers Love

Do you want to find great creative writing ideas?<p>If you do, if you want to get inspired, I want to tell you about a violin.<p>The Stradivarius violin …

Authors

6 Sources of Free, High Quality Images for Your Blog

The right image can attract clicks from both your website visitors, as well as your social media followers.<p>High quality images are an essential component of an engaging blog post. The right image can attract clicks from both your website visitors, as well as your social media followers. Why? …

Web Design

Beyond reviews: Are you missing opportunities to spread the word about your book? Six things to think about.

Naturally, most authors would love to see their books reviewed in major outlets, such as <i>The New York Times</i> Book Review, <i>USA Today, LA Times,</i> or …

Publishing

Why I love writing: my 25 reasons

Why I love writing: my 25 reasons<p>https://www.articulatemarketing.com/blog/why-i-love-writing<p>article

Seven Ways to Bring Characters Together

You have a character that’s made from oozing lava, and another that’s a rolling snowball. They’ll make a great lava-snow duo, but right now they …

Mad Max: Fury Road

From Austen & Brontë to Woolf: literature’s forgotten female friendships

<i>Literary women through the ages: Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë all enjoyed female friendships which enriched their writing, say</i> …

Literature

Seven Things You Might Not Know About Sylvia Plath

A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC shines fascinating light on the multi-faceted writer and poet through a rare …

Poetry

Don’t Read These 25 Verses By Pablo Neruda Because They Will Break Your Heart Into Pieces

Pablo Neruda is a poet who never believed in big words and complicated verses. He was truly a people's poet that way. He could write about the love …

Poetry

Men Explain Sylvia Plath’s Suffering to Us

Newly unearthed letters from Sylvia Plath to her therapist — apparently validating her accounts of abuse at her husband Ted Hughes’s hand — inspire …

Poetry

14 Award-Winning Poetry Collections That Deserve Your Attention

As much as we poetry lovers might not like to admit it, poetry does tend to garner far less fanfare than its literary cousin: prose. The …

Poetry

Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Love and the Seductions of Honesty

“You must prepare yourself to forbear and to forgive — will you?”<p>For two people to be honest with each other about what is most difficult, even when truthfulness comes with a razing edge of sorrow, is a hard-earned privilege measured by the magnitude of their love for one another. In thinking …

Poetry

What Does It Take to Write an Episodic Novel?

An episodic novel is a narrative composed of loosely connected incidents, each one more or less self-contained, often connected by a central …

Literature

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

Over the years, Writers Write has featured many posts about the advice famous writers give. I’ve put all of these pearls of wisdom together in one …

Authors

5 Apps That Will Help You Finish Writing Your Book

Don't let procrastination win. Use these tools to get organized, stay focused, and finish strong.<p>Authors are not immune to procrastination, nor to distraction. To write a book requires dedication and a consistent writing schedule, but any author will tell you that the kind of focus needed to finish …

Google Drive

How to Create Immersive Worlds for Science-Fiction and Fantasy

<i>Look at the top-selling books and movies of all time. Harry Potter. Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Even stories like Gone with the Wind or</i> …

Writing

Poem of the week: The Walking Father Blues by Miriam Nash

An unusual form, the pantun, brings a subtle, nuanced swing to the depiction of a man who is able to walk out from one marriage and into another<p><b>The Walking Father Blues</b><p>How does a father leave his life?<br>Easy, a pair of walking shoes<br>And who can hear them but his wife<br>walking the walking father …

Poetry

5 TED Talks to Push You Through a Creative Block

Stop staring at that blank page in frustration and watch one (or all!) of these TED Talks instead.<p>There are those moments when you feel totally inspired and on fire. And, then there are those moments when you feel anything but. You don't even have a single mediocre idea you can cling to.<p>Facing a …

Do You KNow The All-Time Writers Who Didn't Start Until After 50?

Everyone seems to agree they have a book inside them, some unique perspective or experience that could be translated into a bestselling novel if they …

Literature

Pantsing Meets Plotting: a Roadmap to Finishing Your Book

In the world of fiction, there are two schools of thought on how to get from <i>Once upon a time…</i> to THE END. You can either pants your way through it, …

Authors

Author has a simple solution for the problem with murder mysteries

LONDON — Period detective stories can sometimes be frustrating because they're oh so predictable.<p>You invest time in your favourite amateur sleuth only to find them confront a suspect who readily admits everything without putting up a fight.<p>This all too familiar problem has been summed up …

How to Pick Your Point of View

<i>Sat Mar 05 2016</i><p>Last week, we looked at what POV is for. And while theory is lovely, nobody really gives a crap unless it helps them write. This week …

Writing

How to Self-Publish a Book

So you want to self-publish your book? You’re in good company. Plenty of authors have gone ahead of you, working to prove that high-quality books can …

Publishing

What Is A Writers’ Workshop?

Look, there is no shame in not knowing what a writers’ workshop is. When I had my wisdom teeth pulled in college the nurse tried to stunt on me by …

Writing

The Four Email Lists Every Author Needs to Launch Their Book

“When it comes to online marketing, most people are overlooking their number-one biggest asset. Social media activity, off-site ads, and all other …

Publishing

7 List Building Truths for Self-Publishers

READ LATER - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS A PDF<p>The internet has undoubtedly become a game changer for the writing profession. Not too long ago …

All back issues of Omni magazine now available online

Good news for Omni magazine fans – all 200 issues are now available on Amazon for $2.99 each, or free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.<p>Up …

Science Fiction

How to Begin a Story: 3 Quick Ways to Improve Beginnings and Endings

My family moves a lot. Beginnings are often stressful, disorienting things, while endings might be joyous, grief-filled, and everything in between. …

What Kind of Editor Do I Need?

You finished your first draft, you’ve made your revisions and now you’re ready for an editor – Congratulations! But wait, what kind of editing does …

Got Writer’s Block? This Best-selling Author Tells You How To Beat It

There’s no magic formula to becoming a successful writer, but novelist Richard Kadrey offers some go-to tips for starting—or finishing—your first novel.<p>There’s no one way to write a novel. There are, however, a million ways to screw up a book—or worse, start one and never finish it. If you’re …