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8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …


40 Blog Post Ideas For Novelists, Poets, And Creative Writers

If you are an author looking for ideas for blog posts (or if you’ve run out of blog post ideas), you have come to the right place. Don’t feel bad: …

Start A Fire

Novel writing basics: 10 steps to an unputdownable book

Your grasp of novel writing basics such as plot and character needs to be good for readers to enjoy your novels. Here are 10 steps to make your book …

Creative Writing

More People Work From Home Now Than Ever Before

Our workweek is getting longer, and it’s likely because we are doing more from home.<p>The traditional workweek is becoming obsolete.<p>Thanks to 24/7 connectivity, the boundaries between work and life are eroding, several studies have found. A survey from EY, a global assurance, tax, and advisory …

Work-life Balance

Why You Couldn't Pay Me to Work a 'Real' Job

Working for yourself has many perks, and some of us are just too weird to be cubicled. I'm one of those. Nearly 10 years ago, I kicked the job habit. Here's why I will never, ever go back.<p><b>1. Overcoming obstacles</b><p>I've talked to a lot of entrepreneurs, and a surprising number launched independent …

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

How To Double Your Writing Speed

I am a writer. I write slowly.<p>This is a problem, because I am a writer.<p>About a year ago, I tracked my productivity and learned that I write on average 500 words per hour. Most professional writers produce at least twice that amount.<p>So in order to make better progress on my books, my natural …

Time Management

I Wrote for 17 Minutes Yesterday!

Last weekend, I participated on two different author panels during the 2016 Newburyport Literary Festival, an event packed with over 70 different authors that drew 2,000 people to our tiny seaside town.<p>The panels were very different. In the morning, I joined Anita Diamant and Yona Zeldis McDonough …

Creative Writing

9 Apps to Help You Ace Those Finals

It’s hard to believe that only a few short months ago, we were bingeing back-to-school beauty hacks on Youtube and tweaking our on-campus looks for the year. But with half of April already behind us, the wonderful days of perfectly braided buns and deliberate preppy girl style have quickly given …

Creative Writing

How Joan Didion the Writer Became Joan Didion the Legend

Joan Didion arrived in Los Angeles in 1964 on the way to becoming one of the most important writers of her generation, a cultural icon who changed L.A.’s perception of itself. Lili Anolik mines the author’s early years to examine Didion before all that.<p>In a 1969 column for <i>Life,</i> her first for the …