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Tips for Writers

4 Killer Ways Writers Can Combat Rejection

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I got fan mail and queries from agents -- but for five years after that, not one editor anywhere accepted another story of mine. Rejection is a part of every writer's life. How do you deal with it and keep going?

Writers Block: The End of Summer Excuses

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I put aside time this summer to write my book. I had a house on the beach in Rhode Island, and a firm commitment to finish by the end of August.

One Thing Readers Hate

Alan Watt | Posted 12.31.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Coincidence lacks conflict. Sure, they occur in our lives every day, but in a story, coincidences are generally a problem.

Are You Writing Without Reading?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: We at Writer’s Relief recently had to change our rejection letters. Our old letter was polite, encouraging, and (okay...

How to Make the Three-Act Structure Work for Your Book

Alan Watt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Story structure has little to do with plot. In fact, the "structure" that's being alluded to is actually the underlying theme. But what is a theme exactly, and how does working with one help you structure your story?

33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer

James Altucher | Posted 11.09.2011 | Books
James Altucher

Back in college, Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women. One time he turned to me, "Your stories go on too long. From now on, you need to leave out every other sentence when you tell a story." That's the most important writing advice I ever got.

Six Reasons to Write Your First Draft Quickly

Alan Watt | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Though every writer's process is different, most published authors tend to write their first drafts quickly, in a fevered blast over a scant few months. Here are some reasons why.

Ten Ways to Unleash the Writer Within

Alan Watt | Posted 10.10.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Often the real reason we hesitate is simply because we are afraid of the unknown. Here are ten steps that will demystify the creative process and help you get started on writing your first (or your next) book.