Writing

How You Can Launch A Freelance Writing Career

If you have a way with words or a knack for telling stories, there's actually a way to monetize your golden tongue. Copywriting is one of those …

Freelancing

Amy Tan: ‘Writing it was exhilarating, but I wish it hadn’t been published’

The author of The Joy Luck Club talks about her favourite authors – and why she has misgivings about her own new book<p>Amy Tan is the author of six bestselling novels, including <i>The Joy Luck Club</i>, <i>The Kitchen God’s Wife</i> and <i>The Bonesetter’s Daughter</i>. She has also written a memoir, <i>The Opposite of Fate</i>, …

Books

publishing Success Story | Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onJanuary 21, 2018 in Member Interviews<p>All-round role model for indie authors, Roz Morris<p>In this post we turn our Success Story spotlight on …

Publishing

An Infant of Monstrous Aspect

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Authors

Sunday conversation: Mystery master James Patterson talks about writing a thriller with Bill Clinton and why watching cable news is so scary

Writer James Patterson has a mystery for you to solve. How does the planet’s top-selling novelist churn out several books, launch a TV series, host a true-crime show and collaborate with former President Bill Clinton on a forthcoming Oval Office thriller — all within the first month of …

Authors

In Depth

Obsessed with the sport of hockey, Hamilton committed his childhood, his formative years, and now adulthood to it. He credits his parents with …

Ice Hockey

Writing Fiction: A Sample Roadmap To Learn Your Craft

The road to real success in fiction runs through mastering your craft.<p>This was the first thing I discovered when I started to research …

Publishing

Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’

Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. Here she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers<p>Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays, <i>Feel Free</i>, …

Scottish National Party

Basics to better writing: read more

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.<p>Stephen King is right. Reading is one of the most …

Scrivener for Mac: The ultimate guide

If you're just getting started with Scrivener for Mac, here's your first step!<p>Scrivener is arguably one of the best, and certainly one of the most …

Authors

A Book of Great Short Stories—Something About Cabell

Ernest Hemingway wrote a novel called “The Sun Also Rises.” Promptly upon its publication, Ernest Hemingway was discovered, the Stars and Stripes were reverentially raised over him, eight hundred and forty-seven book reviewers formed themselves into the word “welcome,” and the band played “Hail to …

Literature

Writing Fiction: Into the Dark, Trusting Yourself, Pantzing.

Writing Fiction: Into the Dark, Trusting Yourself, Pantsing.<p>Two days ago, I spent the day writing. Not so unusual. But this time, it was with no …

Authors

The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

<i>Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets,</i> …

Writing Prompts: 7 Inspirational Ideas to Spark Your Creative Writing

So you’ve joined the 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge!<p>If you haven’t, get in on the action here!<p>7 Creative Writing Prompts to Spark a New Story<p>While …

Inspiration

Writing Fiction: The Scott Meredith-Algis Budrys Plot Skeleton

Writing Fiction: The Scott Meredith /Algis Budrys’ Plot Skeleton<p>I’m posting this here as research notes so that anyone can find what I took hours to …

Where Can I Go to Find Resume Writing Help?

A resume is a very short document, but nothing is more important than a properly-formatted, well-thought-out resume if you're job hunting. Writing a …

Employment

How to Tackle Writer’s Block

How I conquered a dry spell and revived my inspiration.Source: UnsplashWriting is weird. There’s an ever-changing magnetism about it — a push and …

Mona Lisa

‘When you write about a dead person you loved, you must tell their version too’

An interview with Gayathri Prabhu, author of the literary memoir ‘If I Had to Tell It Again’.<p>Gayathri Prabhu’s memoir of unconventional grieving in …

Books

Write! App for Academic Writing: A Review

There’s no shortage of applications designed to assist with and organize your writing, the implication being your writing will improve if you can …

PAVE

Thinking Like a Coach

Ensuring That Writing Feedback Is Effective<p><b>Make it meaningful and specific:</b> Students don’t know what they don’t know. Writing, “Use more …

Education

Stefan Merrill Block on his new novel 'Oliver Loving,' which follows the fallout of a tragedy in a small West Texas town

If you’re a Texan, or a student of the American West, you’ll probably recognize the name of Oliver Loving, one of the 19th-century cattle drivers who inspired Larry McMurtry’s novel “Lonesome Dove.” Loving and his partner Charles Goodnight are still hailed as legends in the Lone Star State for …

Authors

Flash Fiction Challenge: This Time, I Pick The Lyric

Okay, last week, you got to pick a song lyric you really liked, and you wrote a story based on that bit of song poetry. Right? Right.<p>Cool.<p>This week, …

Drew Barrymore

Behold, The Cover Of Stephen King’s THE OUTSIDER

We're hyped about the release of Stephen King's <i>The Outsider</i> (which hits stores this May), and today we're excited to be getting our very first look …

Authors

Short Film: “Sundance”

Pitch perfect two minute film about the Sundance Film Festival… that wasn’t.In honor of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival which kicks off this week, …

Screenwriting

Why Writer’s Block Is A Lie: And 13 Ways To Fix It

If you’ve ever sat in front of your computer to write, but stare at the empty screen, you will be forgiven to think you are afflicted with writer’s …

Seth Godin

Writer’s Block . . . What are you afraid of?

Sometimes people ask me about writer’s block and how I deal with it. Writer’s block is the bogeyman living inside the closet of every writer’s mind. …

Writer's Block

Coach House Books Suspends Poetry Program, Book Thieves, and More

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Creative Writing

Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold)

Write the book you want to read and don't let the critics stop you from writing.<p>When I was a kid I loved to read Judy Blume books: <i>Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing</i>, <i>Blubber</i>, <i>Deenie</i>, <i>Freckle Juice</i>, <i>Superfudge</i>. They addressed themes and issues other books I was reading at the time didn't cover. Her stories …

Authors

I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It Sucked

Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.<p>“For me writing is like breathing,” the poet Pablo Neruda told the <i>Paris Review</i> in 1971. “I could not live without breathing and I could not live …

Maya Angelou

How To Pitch To Dialogue

Interested in writing personal essays or cultural criticism for BuzzFeed India? Here's everything you need to know.<p><b>What is Dialogue?</b><p>Dialogue is BuzzFeed India’s home for cultural criticism, personal essays, reportage, and more. Read some of those pieces here, or watch Dialogue's videos here.<p><b>What</b> …

J. K. Rowling