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Dreaming Big: When Your Imagination Meets Reality

William Kenower | Posted 11.30.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Like many writers I know, I had big dreams for myself when I began my first book. I imagined myself winning all the usual awards, appearing at the top...

Bad Results: Writing, Elections, And What I Can Depend On

William Kenower | Posted 11.29.2016 | Books
William Kenower

The day after, I sat with my teenage son, who seemed as unnerved by the results as by the sight of his parents' conspicuous despair. I explained to him that I was accustomed to thinking of the government as being like our home's electricity, something I knew would be there to allow me to do the things I wanted to do.

How to Write Characters That Feel Real

Quora | Posted 11.22.2016 | Books

What are some tips for creating characters that feel very real and full? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling...

Writers - When Is Short Too Short?

Carl Phillips | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

"Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words" ― William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Gui...

Are Essay Writing Services Worth It?

Rahis Saifi | Posted 11.04.2016 | Education
Rahis Saifi

The risk of getting caught after using a writing service isn't worth taking if your degree depends on it.

The Boredom Vaccine And Why You Need It Now

Laura A Boggs | Posted 11.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura A Boggs

I have no idea what will happen, which means I'm on shaky ground. I feel like a tourist, with an orange jacket and clunky white sneakers. This is a good thing.

Writers - 5 Reasons You Should Write for an Audience of One

Carl Phillips | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

However many people end up reading our work, each individual person will have their own relationship with what we have written. Some will love what we write, some will be indifferent and some will flat out hate it.

Curiosity: The Path to Finding Your Voice

William Kenower | Posted 10.12.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Until you have found your voice, no matter how diligently you study craft, writing will remain frustratingly unknowable, the blank page a moving target you come to fear and resent.

Following Trouble: Why Writing is Never a Problem

William Kenower | Posted 09.29.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Writers cultivate trouble. Without trouble we'd have nothing to write about. If we write fiction, we sit at our desk and imagine the most interesting ...

From Midlist to Megabestseller: Christina Baker Kline on Selling your First Novel, Maximizing Writers' Conferences and Making a Living While Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.29.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We are lucky to live in a town called Montclair, New Jersey. We had no idea when we moved here how many amazing writers would live within a stone's th...

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Writers

Jacy Sutton | Posted 09.27.2016 | Arts
Jacy Sutton

Lately I've been having accounting fantasies. I dream about a career where there is a definitive answer. Where numbers either add up or they don't. Th...

Rejecting Stories: Becoming the Author of Your Life

William Kenower | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
William Kenower

For years I had two separate and apparently contradictory experiences when I wrote. Sometimes the writing was effortless. I would sink quickly into the dream of the story I was telling and find myself carried along as if in a current.

The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 09.19.2016 | Arts
Sharon Van Epps

I've been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn't my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I'd share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you're really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

5 Things You Need To Know About Writing Before Becoming A Writer

Thomas Kuegler | Posted 09.15.2016 | HuffPost Home
Thomas Kuegler

"Here it comes, my masterpiece, my Sistine Chapel, my Old Man And The Sea. Aaand it's gone." -Me, sitting at my laptop writing, every day. Writing ...

Write Yourself Crazy Write Yourself Sane

Sherry Bronson | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Sherry Bronson

Creative writers love words. They love their smell, their silky texture, the way they melt like chocolate on the back of the tongue. In my twenties ...

A Writer's Best Question: What Next?

William Kenower | Posted 09.07.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Music was a big part of my life growing up. Though I would come to love classical music as a teenager and young adult, my first love was popular music...

Writer's Block? Resistance? How to Let Your Creativity Off the Leash

Michaela Haas | Posted 08.29.2016 | Books
Michaela Haas

Eighty percent of people want to write a book. But only a few ever complete the task. Why? Writing coach Deb Norton helps writers harness their creativity.

Write What You Really Know

William Kenower | Posted 08.24.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Write your stories about the feelings you know. If you have lived, you have learned the difference between one feeling and another. Your questions about your stories are usually questions about what you already know to be true.

The Undisputed Key Secret to Becoming a Great Writer

Ayodeji Awosika | Posted 08.22.2016 | Business
Ayodeji Awosika

The key to most anything you want in life, especially writing, is momentum. These past few weeks I lost momentum.

5 Insanely Useful Books That Helped Me in My Writing Career

Ayodeji Awosika | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Ayodeji Awosika

Today I want to share some of the books that have helped me most in my writing career. Some taught me personal development skills, some taught me how to market my work, and all have taught me something simply through imagining the process the authors went through to create them.

When Did You Realize You 'Weren't' An Artist?

David Toussaint | Posted 08.04.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

True artists are built with their expression intact, and we live in a world that doesn't necessarily reward the gene. If success hits, and hits often, then it's terrific and applause is proffered up.

Frances Stroh on Writing, Getting Published, Beer, and Beer Money

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.02.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Besides being a wonderful artist and writer, Frances is also part of a family that made wildly successful and popular beer for many decades. And then all the beer money dried up. And so she became yet another version of the American Dream: family dreams of making a fortune in the beer business, family makes a fortune in the beer business, family loses a fortune in the beer business. And now she's written a memoir to prove it.

Relax, Write & Heal: An Interview with Maia Danziger

Omega Institute | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Discover how breast cancer spurred this actress to tap into her healing potential through writing, and how she shares that gift with others. Omega:...

The Magic Of Going With The Flow

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Need to absorb an important life lesson? Get it down on paper. I painted this watercolor to remind myself of the ease that comes with surrendering to ...

This Piece Won A Gold Medal In The Nation's Most Prestigious Teen Writing Awards

Katherine Du | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Katherine Du

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has publicized national award recipients for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's oldest, most prestigious awards for creative teens in grades 7-12.