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Ebooks are changing the way we read, and the way novelists write

Our attention spans have shortened, we’re distracted, and authors have changed their style to suit, but these changes are part of the wider digital transformation<p>If you hand me the original paperback edition of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow I can, quickly and without too much scrabbling, find …

This Video Explains How to Properly Use Semicolons In Your Writing

If you stare down at the semicolon key in fear, unsure of what power might be released if you press it, never fear. This video eloquently explains …

Elements of Setting: How to Create a Vivid World

The elements of setting – time, place, mood, social and cultural context – are what help to make a novel feel real and alive. If your setting is …

Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Writing is a way of getting rid of shame’

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard’s bestselling, deeply exposing six-part memoir has been a literary sensation the world over – and upset not a few of his relatives. Here he talks about memory, male shame and why he can understand the warped thought processes of mass murderer Anders Breivik<p>It’s …

Resources for Writers—Microsoft Word

By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig<p>Microsoft Word is an incredibly useful tool for writers—and one that I think is easy to overlook because we …

An Editing Checklist For Writers

Are you thinking about editing your own copy?<p>At Writers Write, we give our students a Rewriting Checklist as part of our Writers Write course. This …

With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments

Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled</b> …

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