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Being a Writer

The Writer's Life for Me

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 12.04.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

The writer's life isn't pretty. It's not all sleep 'til noon, drink scotch 'til dawn, and crank out magic by the gigabyte. It's fraught with anxiety, doubt, panic, and the belief that there is nothing else we'd rather be doing.

20 Questions for a Writer

Dana McKenna | Posted 12.04.2015 | Comedy
Dana McKenna

I get a lot of questions about being a writer, and find I need to correct some crazy ideas that writing is a breeze. Don't get me wrong: I love what I do! But it isn't easy, and until you hit the heights of famous writers, the pay isn't what you hope.

Become a More Productive Writer With These 6 Hacks

Elena Prokopets | Posted 10.20.2016 | Business
Elena Prokopets

Your muse has moved out and left no forwarding address. You are staring at a blank screen trying to figure out how you will meet your deadlines - three of them actually.

How Being a Writer is Like Being a Parent

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Abby Heugel

Most people I know do have kids, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the toils and troubles that most parents face. Given what they say on a regular basis, I realized that being a writer isn't all that different from being a parent at times.

The Real Reason I Remain So Cheerful All The Time

Roz Warren | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

'How do you manage to remain so cheerful?' people ask. 'Your job can be so stressful, and yet you're always smiling. What's your secret?' It isn't that I was born a perpetually happy camper, or that I've finally found the right meds. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It's because I'm a writer.

I Tried to Write a Book Once

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 08.25.2013 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Brentwood, with a laptop in front of me, next to a window facing San Vicente Boulevard. I'm trying to write a book. Not sure yet what it'll be about, but it's going to be something deep, profound, voice-of-my-generation-ish, critically admired and vaguely popular.

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

Writer's Block

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Adrian Margaret Brune

I feel the tug of people's reactions when I told them I was a journalist, not some bureaucrat or corporate slave. Most of all, I miss finding the perfect adjective or the wittiest phrase from my internal encyclopedia to finish a sentence.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Do You Have 'What it Takes?'

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

It happens at least once a semester. A student writes me an impassioned note begging me to tell her whether or not she has what it takes to be a writer, imploring me to "stop her right now," if she doesn't.

Why Do People Still Bother to Write Books?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.01.2012 | Books
Lisa Earle McLeod

People want to write books for a lot of reasons. They want to be famous. They want to make a pile of money. They want everybody from high school to see that they're not a big fat loser after all. But there's really only one good reason to write a book.

The Truth About Writer's Block

Judith Johnson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Books
Judith Johnson

To say "I have writer's block" is to judge a temporary or permanent absence of writing momentum and productivity as wrong and therefore to see oneself as a failure in some way.

Four Critical Points for Writers

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Shore

In the end a writer who doesn't know the grunt mechanics of punctuation, grammar, and syntax is like the professional sniper who's never fired a gun: something's gone hinky somewhere.