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How to Write

How To Write a Song, Songwriting Exercise #2 -- Sequel or Response

Ruth Gerson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

In our first songwriting exercise we began with a letter, writing to someone we feel intensely about, regarding something we feel intensely about. The...

Writer Wednesday: Ann Patchett On How To Avoid Doubt

Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Bestselling novelist and essayist Ann Patchett recently wrote "The Getaway Car" (Byliner), "a practical memoir about the agony, ecstasy, and occasiona...

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.

How to Write Better, in the Words of Mock Amy Sedaris

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Writing is hard. But it's easy, too, like talking and baking. Baking isn't hard. It's the easiest thing to do in the kitchen, besides the microwave...

8 Secrets to Successful Blogging

Michael Tasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Tasner

Some of the most read blogs in the world are worth millions and millions of dollars. These blogs were built by providing relevant and useful content overtime. That's it, plain and simple. Oh, and it should be fun.

The Making of a Novel: Letting it Breathe

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Let the reader see it, and feel it. Let it unfold on the page. Let it breathe.

Mark Twain's Discourse: A Timeless Writing Course

Patricia Benesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Patricia Benesh

With the current excitement about the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography to be published in November, I re-visited some pages of his quotes about writing I'd collected through the years.

Truck Stop Book Tour

Lisa Jones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Jones

I called Barbara and said, "I'm writing a series of blogs on the theme of surrender, because I can't do it. But I think you do."

Sex Scenes in Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Pia Lindstrom from Sirius Radio shocked me when she asked, "I was surprised by how much sex is in your book. You did it well. People say it's hard to write about sex. How'd you do it?"

Jeffrey Fox -- The Greatest Blogger Who Never Blogged

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gerald Sindell

It seems everybody wants to write like Jeffrey Fox. I framed Jeff Fox as the new Machiavelli, explaining to the princes of the 21st century how the business world really worked.

First Time Novelist Breaks All Rules with a Winner

Cynthia Kling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Kling

"How Far is the Ocean from Here," by Amy Shearn has to be the weirdest, funniest saddest road novel I've ever read. A single 20-something agrees to surrogate for a pair of cozy yuppies.