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Writing Naked for Change

Well, I grabbed your attention with the title of this blog, but what I’m really trying to tell you is that letting go of your baggage is one way to …

Writing

Do You Want to Be Happy? Stop Chasing Happiness

Alan Watts taught that the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are one in the same -- that "to hold your breath is to lose your breath." Traditional Zen Buddhism would agree: to desire fulfillment is to not have fulfillment, happiness is not something you seek, but that which you …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

Story plots: 7 tips to be more original

Clichéd story plots weaken an otherwise good story, a story where characters and settings are vivid. To tell a story that feels original and …

Creative Writing

Finding the Story's Spine: Know Yourself, Know Your Story

What makes a good­ story? For that matter, how many opportunities do we have to create a lasting piece of literature that transcends the lines of …

Writing

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt

I’ve written in my books and here on this blog about how I often have students – ELL and proficient English students – respond to simple writing …

Teaching

Go early, stay late and 9 other tips to expand your writing vocabulary

Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by …

Could 'method writing' be the future for novelists?

<b>Could writers benefit from the same tactics as method actors, who immerse themselves in extreme surroundings in order to prepare for a role?</b><p>Every February, as the Oscars roll around, movie fans revel in stories about actors who have gone to extreme lengths to prepare for parts.<p>Daniel Day-Lewis …

Creative Writing

6 Tips To Avoid and Fix Bad Writing

by Kellie McGannWhen I write, some of the most common feedback I get, besides my ridiculous comma usage, is that much of the writing sounds <i>awkward.</i> …

Creative Writing

Stop Fighting Your Inner-Critic: The Biggest Obstacle Your Writing Faces is Yourself

There are three things I encounter daily that I hate:<p><b>Powdered Coffee Creamer:</b> This is a bane on modern day humanity.• <b><br>Terrible Drivers:</b> I firmly …

The 17 Most Popular Genres In Fiction - And Why They Matter

<b></b> <b><br>What Is Genre?</b><br>Genre is a style or category of art, music, or literature. As an author, genre controls what you write and how you write it. It …

Creative Writing

What Choice Would You Make?: Margaret Atwood & Steve Paulson Discuss Dystopias, Prostibots & Hope

<i>Margaret Atwood doesn’t rest on her laurels. For all of her acclaim over a publishing career that’s spanned more than half a century, she’s still</i> …

Grammarly Blog

Writing Is Not Hard Work

Mike MinchinA guest post from Mike Minchin:Let me tell you what hard work <i>is</i>: bending over in a field of low-bush, wild blueberries, your back arced …

Writing

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the …

Writing

A Lazy Writer's Guide to Building a Platform

My agent was getting ready to submit the first non-fiction book I'd written, which meant we were busy cobbling together a book proposal. Fiction writers - which I had been before this - don't bother with book proposals, so I was a bit skeptical of the whole process. Somehow I had to not only …

Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

1. Of prime necessity is life: a style should <i>live</i>.2. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of</i> …

Friedrich Nietzsche

50 Words and Phrases That Writers Get Wrong

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Language

How to write erotic fiction: Top 5 tips from best-selling author PLUS amazing competition

PH<p>Scantilly lingerie is sponsoring the erotic fiction competition<p>Have you ever thought about writing your own erotic fiction? Or, have you already …

Love

How To Develop Your Writing Skills To Become An Excellent Writer

Would you like to become an excellent writer, the kind that agents and editors are looking for?You can become one.Not by following one of those “ten …

Creative Writing

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last, by Maria Popova

Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives. But how do stories like the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm or</i> …

The Maxims of Francois de La Rochefoucauld | The Art of Manliness

I love a good maxim.<p>The ability to encapsulate a profound truth or insight in as few words as possible is a talent I really admire. Such dense …

37 Words and Phrases That Immediately Increase Your Credibility

Want your writing or speech to be more persuasive? These words will help.<p>If you think choosing precisely the right words doesn't matter much, you're wrong. A single word can have amazing power to change human behavior, usually without our being aware of it. Which means those who know how to use …

World Animation Summit: Disney-Pixar Storytelling on a Budget

Animation veteran Chuck Williams, president of Marza Animation Planet USA and former Disney Animation producer, is no stranger to the art of …

Animation

'Write Club': 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

<i>"The first rule of write club is…"</i><p>As you commence writing your script, you may find that reaching page 60 (or so) is a gut-check moment. That …

Close Reading: How to Read a Poem

How to be better at close-reading poetry in a few simple steps ‘Close reading’ is not as straightforward as it may appear. Many readers of poetry, …

How A Simple Blog Led To Writing For Forbes, Mashable, and TechCrunch (and 7 Tips to Help You Do it Too!)

<i>This is a guest contribution from Josh Steimle.</i><p>I’ve had the privilege of my writing being published on Forbes, Mashable, TechCrunch, Time, Fast …

Blogging

To strive, to seek, to find … a career in poetry

The previous and current young poet laureate for London offer their tips for a career in poetry, from online networks to how to combat a blank page