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Making the Transition From Corporate to Creative Writing

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Donna Marie Williams

I still fantasized about writing novels, but when I got home from work, I never seemed to have enough energy at the end of the day. Whenever I attempted to write creatively, the words never "sounded" right.

Finding Art in Everyday Life

Alishia Osborn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Arts
Alishia Osborn

Some people just know they are good at something. They find it while they are young, they find it easy and they excel. Not me. I love being creative, ...

A Hybrid Author Busts the Myths: Should You Self Publish?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I'm a hybrid author who has jumped from a traditional publisher to indie publishing and back to a traditional house again. As I start my fourth novel, I have no contract for the next one. Do I want to go solo when I publish my next book, or stay where I am?

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Mitchell Rose | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Mitchell Rose

I've made 25 films in which I've done funny, I've done dramatic and conceptual and beautiful. In this film, I wanted to go for something I hadn't tried -- joyous. And I hoped to do that in a celebration of humanity.

Pissed Off at Amazon? How to Help Your Writing Career with the Power of Your Purse

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author. Right now, as Amazon is standing over the major publishing house, Hachette, threatening to crush them like a fruit fly, independent booksellers couldn't be more important. Let us explain why.

Book Doctors Interview Diana Abu-Jaber on How to Write Literary Commercial Prose

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

After three different people recommend the book to us, we always try to read it. This was the case with Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber. It's one of those rare books that's literary yet page turning.

How to Be a Successful Writer: A Bookstore Owner Gives the Inside Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's such a beautiful, little, Brooklyn, exquisitely-curated indie that fits in perfectly with its neighborhood -- exactly the kind of bookstore alleged 'publishing pundits' like to scream is dying.

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

On Becoming a Writer Who Writes

TueNight | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
TueNight

Until recently, I never shared a real piece of myself with a reader. I rarely wrote about things that moved me at my core and even when I did, in my head, there was too much at stake to share those personal reflections.

The Grammar Mistake You Just Might Be Making

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.

Using Social Media as a Science Journal Editor

Noah Gray | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Noah Gray

Back in October, I was approached by a journalist who was writing a piece for Science Careers on the changing roles of academic journal editors and wh...

People, Edit Thyselves

Carine Fabius | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Carine Fabius

There is a case to be made for epic films like The Godfather (2 hours, 58 minutes), but they are surely the exception. The problem is that most filmmakers now consider their movies to be epics. Get over yourselves, will you?

Getting Run Out of the Newspaper Business, and Other Good News

Jim Thomsen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Small Business
Jim Thomsen

But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Rewriting the Classics

Lynn Messina | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Lynn Messina

Three days before, I'd blithely admitted that my solution to reading a book too advanced for my 5-year-old son was to edit the story on the fly. Without missing a beat, I downgraded Voldemort's intention to kill Harry to the less-nightmare-inducing hurt. Yes, the book I was revising was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Dear Author: I Love It, Now Change It

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

I know that unpublished writers can hardly wait for the privilege of finding an editor who will love and caress their baby. But, believe me, it's not one big joy ride. A good editor -- I mean, a really good editor -- will make you suffer.

Techniques and Tension in Breaking Bad

Harrison Demchick | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I have been arguing for some time now that any writer who wants to learn about the art of developing tension in a manuscript would do well to watch, and learn from, AMC's Breaking Bad.

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb | Posted 08.29.2013 | Books
Kristen Lamb

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.

WATCH: Turning A Skate Vid Into A Work Of Art

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.28.2013 | Arts

Though it's hard to go wrong with some slow motion, outer space and nice music, it takes a special kind of eye to make a worthwhile video. That's why ...

Should You Self Publish? From Traditional to Indie and Back Again: One Hybrid Author Tells All

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I just saw my new novel in a bookstore for the first time and nearly cried. Oh, all right, I'll come clean: I did cry. It isn't every day that your dr...

The Bird and the Biscuit: Playing by the Rules

Harrison Demchick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

When readers are distracted by illogic, they're not invested in your narrative; no matter how good the rest of your story may be, it's simply not going to hit readers the same way. Run a switchblade through a small part of the Mona Lisa and no one notices the masterpiece. All they see is the scratch.

Jesse Coleman and Natasa Lekic: Editors for the New Publishing

Terence Clarke | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

Coleman says, "we thought of founding a small press. But as the industry was evolving so quickly -- and the technology of it -- our ideas of what we could do evolved as well." They decided that they would offer their services primarily to writers who wished to publish themselves.

From Good to Great: What Editors Do for Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

In all the talk about self-publishing, one thing you don't often hear discussed is the role of editors. I'm not talking about the editor an author might hire to vet their work prior to publishing it themselves; I'm talking about editors at major publishing houses.