iOS app Android app

Writers' Block

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part I

Paul Bishop | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Marathon runners call it hitting the wall. This is the point in a race, usually around the 20 mile mark, where muscles seize up with lactic overload, and your body tells you continuing to run is impossible.

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part 2

Paul Bishop | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

In Part 1, we began looking at ways to break through the resistance trying to stop us from completing a novel. Following are four more jackhammer tips to help crash through the writing wall...

Why Neil Gaiman Doesn't Believe In Writer's Block

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

Every writer has been there: Staring down a blank page, struggling to write anything that feels right, cursing writer's block for impeding pro...

'Depraved Heart,' A Conversation With Patricia Cornwell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Patricia Cornwell is known to millions of readers worldwide. She has won nearly every literary award for popular fiction and has authored 29 New York Times bestsellers.

'Playing With Fire,' A Conversation With Tess Gerritsen

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Tess has written standalone medical and crime thrillers; and her books have been published in 40 countries. Playing with Fire, a standalone novel, draws its drama from Tess's passion as an accomplished musician.

'Pretty Girls,' A Conversation With Karin Slaughter

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Karin Slaughter's first book, Blindsighted, became an international success published in 30 languages, and made the Crime Writer's Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001.

Cure for Writer's Block

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 10.16.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

I don't know about you, but when my task is to sit at the computer and write, getting out and doing something seems like a distraction. I "got out" and made a damn chicken pot pie and where did that get me?

'Strong Light of Day,' A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is the prolific author of more than thirty-six books. His thriller novels include the Caitlin Strong series about a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, and the Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea books about a Palestinian detective and an Israeli chief inspector of police.

How to Love the One You're With (Even If It's a Manuscript): 4 Tips That Really Work

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

For the last three books, whenever I've been brought to my knees by the process of pushing word boulders uphill, I start the book somewhere new -- generally around fifty pages deeper in, maybe Chapter 3 or Chapter 4. And then, like magic, things start to come together.

'Dance of the Bones,' a Conversation With J.A. Jance

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.07.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"When I started out, my publisher felt it would be best to use my initials rather than Judith Ann. They felt revealing my gender would be a liability for a book about a male detective."

Is Writer's Block Really So Bad? No, and Here's Why

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writer's block is the dreaded mental stumbling block many authors have come to fear. You know, the awful feeling you have when your usually prolific talent with words hits a verbal roadblock?

The Quick and Kind Way to Get Out of Fear and Stuckness

Anna Lovind | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna Lovind

Before you know it, you're out of the maze and the road ahead of you is open again. You barely know how it happened. You didn't work it out or fix any problem. All you did was to stay with it. You kept on moving, ever so slowly. And it changed everything.

Deadlines and the Future of Writing

Lisa Schwarz | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Lisa Schwarz

Writers are always prone to be overly busy with projects -- it might be the existential fear that is programmed into their minds (that is, if they are not Stephen King), as they often times do not know where the next project will come from.

Writing on Writer's Block

Marie Solis | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Marie Solis

Since I've graduated from college, I've been suffering from horrible writer's block. The kind that makes you lose complete faith in yourself and in your trade.

These Illustrations Are Here To Inspire You Through A Creative Block

Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Are you in a creative slump? Going through a dry spell can be incredibly frustrating -- but don't hit your head against the keyboard just yet. Som...

Time Slips a Cog

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 06.08.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

It's been more than half a century since I was a student at Los Angeles City College and lived in the Echo Park and Silver Lake area. I wouldn't have thought about it further, except for a great universal fart that occurred, tearing me loose from my moorings. Something was missing.

'My Struggle' in Reading Karl Ove Knausgaard in The New York Times Magazine

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

Now, I know I'm risking mailbags of angry letters from his millions of fans, but one of the fascinating things about Knausgaard is that he has nothing to say. Nothing interesting, that is.

Am I 'Just' A Mommy Blogger?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I'm sitting at Starbucks. It's 7:05 p.m.. I have a notebook with me. I have doubts about trying to record my thoughts here, in this way, but I've seen so many people do it, that I am willing to give it a go.

5 Things Published Authors Know (and You Can Master)

Nicola Kraus | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Nicola Kraus

Here is what a first draft is: it's the paint you mixed. It's the marble you quarried. It's the first in-costume run-through. Do not belabor your first draft. Just get it done so you can sit back after a few weeks' distance and start to play. Yes, I said play.

A New Way to Watch What You Eat

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

I can't say I wouldn't pick abundance over paucity, given the choice. A Buddha might. I'm just an ordinary person who still likes to eat bacon. But in my experience, it's definitely been true that happiness tastes better when it isn't what's always in the bowl.

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

How to Break Through Writer's Block... by Sitting Around Doing Nothing (Except Meditating!)

Amy Spies | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
Amy Spies

Mindfulness helps me acknowledge my self-critical distractions, embrace the present of momentary sensations, scents, feelings, inhales, and then exhale it into my writing.

Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Nicole Leigh West

My first novel was coming. Although a published travel writer, I hadn't ventured into serious novel writing before. A lucky break led to my imagination being plunged into a ready-made atmosphere, just waiting to be peopled with quirky characters and magical adventures.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

5 Tips for Curing Writer's Block

Abby Draper | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Abby Draper

Writing is a thoughtful process that takes a lot of time and energy. It won't always be fun or perfect, but having a story to tell is a powerful thing. Don't let it go to waste.