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Bruce Cook's Trumbo: A Brilliant Light Shining Into Dark Times

Paola K Amaras | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.

My Second Act as a Writer

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

My "other life" has led me to experiences that have been markedly different from my life as a lawyer. I've read fiction and poetry at high schools, colleges, bookstores and scholarly conferences.

A Letter to My Childhood Self

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Isaac Burrill

A Letter to My Childhood Self, Your joy is hardwired into a tangled and cluttered mainframe. It undoubtedly will be you're saving grace. Occasionally...

The Day I Stopped Reading Reviews

William Kenower | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Either way, I was letting what someone else thought of what I'd written determine how I should feel about what I'd written, and this is an untenable position for a writer.

The Thoughts Of An Aspiring Writer

Phyllis Sues | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

Why do I write? Where does it come from? I would like to write like I talk. Thank goodness, I write better than I talk because when I talk I can't always find the words at that exact moment. Whereas when I write, I always find the words because I have time.

The Law of Response: Where Acceptance and Rejection Begin

William Kenower | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I was having dinner with my wife and two sons and fell into a discussion about respect -- about who deserved it and who did not. I was of the opinion that everyone deserved it. My oldest son, Max, then 12, was not so sure. "For instance," he offered, "I don't respect you, Dad, because you're not a success."

7 Surprising Ways Your English Major Will Come in Handy

Avelist | Posted 11.11.2015 | College

I never studied English because I knew it would secure me a high-paying job, but because I love reading and writing. Which, as it turns out, are pretty useful skills when it comes to searching for a job. Next time someone asks you "What are you planning on doing with your English degree?" you'll have your answer ready: "Whatever I want."

Have I Got a Story for You!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writers are fair game for anyone with a "terrific idea" for a story. There is a part of me that truly understands this. We want someone to like what we have to offer. For that reason alone, I hate to reject anyone who offers me ideas and I always listen politely to story pitches.

Why Writers Can't Actually Fail

William Kenower | Posted 11.09.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Had I been able to tell my young writer self about all the rejections I would receive, all the books I would write but wouldn't publish, I might have said, "Then I shouldn't do this, because that is failure, and I do not want that life." Incredibly, I would have been wrong.

Becoming the Author of Your Life: The Gift and Challenge of Memoir

William Kenower | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I cannot tell a story from my life until I allow myself to become its author. If I still believe that something shouldn't have been said to me or done to me, whether by another person or simply by life, then I am still stuck within the story as I first perceived it when I lived it, the story of a world that should be something other than what it is.

A Crash Course in Fearless Writing

William Kenower | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Writing doesn't really begin until we forget to be afraid. So the question isn't whether you can write fearlessly, but whether you can do it on purpose. Here are the three best tools I know for writing fearlessly every day.

How to Make Money as a Writer

William Kenower | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
William Kenower

If you want to make money as a writer, put all your attention on how much you value the story you're telling. If you want to research markets, fine; if you want to improve your craft, fine.

Write Now: Writing A Bestseller

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Any writer who has had their books end up on the remainder table at Barnes & Noble knows there is a lot more that goes into getting on the bestseller list than just writing a good story -- often things beyond the writer's control.

The Second Discipline: Why Writers Must Choose Not to Worry

William Kenower | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Writers have to be disciplined. Most writers do not begin their career with a publishing contract in hand. Instead, the writer has an idea. This idea so interests him that he sits down every day, alone, often without encouragement, always without guarantees.

Toxic Teachers

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Teaching isn't combat or coaching, especially teaching creative writing. We're not in the classroom to humiliate and harden our students as if they're going into the cutthroat world of business, or getting ready for the next football game against a team with no losses.

9 Ways You Know You Are a Writer at Heart

Aleichia Williams | Posted 10.14.2015 | Books
Aleichia Williams

You pay attention to the way someone's eye glistens when they hear a beautiful symphony and you notice the dark aurora that comes in with the man at the restaurant. Writers are observant because the world around us is the basis of our inspiration. It gives us something to write about.

How I Went From Breast Cancer Survivor To Thriver

Diana M. Raab | Posted 10.13.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I'll also never forget the words my surgeon uttered back in 2001 when he told me of my diagnosis of DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). 'If this experience doesn't rivet you, nothing will. You'll never look at life in the same way.' He was right.

9 Reasons Screenwriting Is Exactly Like Poker

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Screenwriting. The pastime of Hollywood (and beyond). A career of high or low stakes, depending upon what level of the totem pole you, the screenwriter, is on.

Finding Hope in the End

Lauren DePino | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Lauren DePino

The burning in me, in my chest and in my gut, the heat that makes me have to write, was keeping me alive. Words were my breath. They were coming from where the pain is, the same place from where the love comes.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.


William Kenower | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
William Kenower

Whether I call it writing or not, or remembering passwords or not, I will always have to believe in what cannot be seen, but is known instead, as my dreams are known.

Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published.

Godzilla and Grandma: Where the Night Winds Take You

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

Taking a walk late at night has a wonderful effect on me -- on my sleep, my dreams, and my creativity. A couple of weeks ago, I walked home from our l...

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.