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How to find your novel’s structure

As a novelist, you must handle elemental fictional elements – character, plot and setting – with artistry and polish. Your prose style must be …

Writing

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

The 10 Most Addicting Books, According to the Internet

When I asked the MR community to help me compile a list of genuinely addicting books, I had no idea the request would be met with such gusto. As of …

3 Reasons to Throw That Writing Rule Book Out of the Window!

Home <b>›</b> writing <b>›</b> <b>3 Reasons to Throw That Writing Rule Book Out of the Window!</b><p><i>on</i> June 28, 2017 • ( 1 )<p>There a hundreds, thousands, err, <i>loads</i> of blogs and …

How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose

<i>How to Write a Great Statement of Purpose</i><p>Vince Gotera<br>English Language and Literature<br>University of Northern Iowa<p>January 2006<p>The Statement of Purpose …

World’s Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story

James Patterson’s books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. The wildly prolific author talks to Co.Create about how to tell a story that will hook people in.<p>They call it beach reading–the kind of ultra-accessible mass market paperback that nestles inside …

How ‘Inside Out’ Teaches Screenwriters the Trick to Writing A Personal Script — Watch

The Oscar-winning Pixar movie is a masterclass in personal screenwriting.<p>The geniuses over at Pixar are well regarded for their breakthroughs in …

Filmmaking

Screenwriting Lessons: “The King’s Speech”

A five-part series exploring lessons from David Seidler’s Oscar winning script.<p><i>The King’s Speech</i> won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in …

Screenwriting

7 Thoughtful Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You Don't Know What To Write

Ever heard of Writer's Block?<p>I am a writer.<p>On any given day, I write somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 words--and the genres are all over the board.<p>I have a journal for poetry and quick ideas that I keep with me at all times, in my backpack. I aim to write an answer on Quora every day. I write …

Creative Writing

Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …

Books

Choosing description words: 10 questions to ask

There are endless ways to describe someone, from physical description to verbal tics, personal views and more. Here are 10 questions to ask about …

Creative Writing

My Time Between Drivel and Inspiration: A Letter to Elie Wiesel from a Former Student – BLARB

Dr. Elie Wiesel<br>New York, NY<br>July 23, 2016 <i></i><p>Dear Dr. Wiesel,<p>I don’t know how to do this. And I’m embarrassed to admit that. Because I am a writer. This …

Dining Etiquette 101

Dining Etiquette 101<p>The holiday season is around the corner, so let's start new traditions by following old traditions. Here are some basic rules of …

How to Safely Retrieve Files Off Failing HDD, SSD, or SD Cards Using Free Tools

All of the drives we are using to store our precious photos and videos are not 100% reliable. Everybody should know that by now (and back everything …

Man Booker prize 2016: the fine line between fiction and literature

The strongest shortlist in years heralds the next generation of great writers. This week’s winner will need to be more than just a good read<p>On 25 October, the Guildhall should witness one of contemporary English-language fiction’s good nights. The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker prize is among …

9 Books That Are So, So Much Better Than Their Movies

It’s lit<p>"The book is always better" is an adage that we remember hearing from a young age whenever we expressed any interest in seeing some Hollywood adaptation of one of our favorite novels. It's a truism that's come in handy over the years, if only so that, at best, we can be pleasantly surprised …

How writing 750 words a day could change your life

Every morning, people around the world participate in an almost religious ritual. Shortly after waking, they curl up with a journal and pen or pencil. They start writing, and they don’t stop until they’ve filled at least three hand-written pages—about 750 words.<p>The routine is called Morning Pages, …

Creative Writing

Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”<p><i>“Be a good steward of your gifts,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon urged in what remains the finest advice on writing I’ve encountered. And yet for …

Fall in Love With Language

by Ruthanne ReidEnglish is so weird.No, really. We have only 26 letters and a hodgepodge vocabulary that seems to make fun of itself. We use insane …

Books

Legendary Screenwriting Guru Robert McKee On Creating Incredible Dialogue

McKee had always planned on authoring a trilogy of books: <i>Story</i>, <i>Character</i>, and <i>Dialogue</i>. After <i>Story</i> became a phenomenon, he began researching …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

Creative Writing

See which authors were named finalists for the National Book Awards

The literary race is on. The longlists for the National Book Awards have been whittled down to five titles in each of four categories. In those categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — you'll find a debut and a lifetime poetry collection, an Oprah pick and an …

Introducing The Character Motivation Thesaurus

Exciting days are here–a new thesaurus we think will be really helpful, because it is at the heart of every story:<p>The Character Motivation …

How to Get Up Close With Your Characters

To create believable characters, novelists develop profiles. These descriptions of their characters—from birth conditions to major life event; …

Tips for Surviving a Manuscript Read-Through (The Essential Last Step before You Send Out Your Book)

<b></b><br>Most of my students and coaching clients know about the read-through. It's a full-manuscript read that you do at several stages in the book journey: …

24 Picture Tweets Of Cats That Will Make You Hurt From Cute

We are not worthy of kitties.