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Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

Vampire Novelist Anne Rice On Falling Away From Christianity (Again)

Interfaith Voices | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

Vampire novelist Anne Rice has a conflicted soul. When we talked to her in 2009, she had abandoned atheism and returned to the Catholicism of her yout...

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party

2morrowknight | Posted 01.16.2015 | Books
2morrowknight

But whether authors know it or not, finishing your book is actually the beginning. This is why book launch parties can be a great promotional tool. If done right, they can provide crucial momentum.

The Syria I Miss

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Only by clinging steadfastly to a memory of a happy Syria can I believe that one day those who contributed to both sides of the current war will commit to help the victims of the conflict. Syrian refugees are dying in the cold, and the price of a jacket is far less than the price of a weapon.

Public Radio: Are You Listening?

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Bishop

There's a cabin in the Santa Cruz redwoods where I go periodically to write. I go there for the silence, the beauty, the fog, the reminder of how smal...

'Should I Start a Small Business?'

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Carlota Zimmerman

Perhaps, instead of asking yourself if 2015 will be the year you start a small business, ask yourself if 2015 will finally be the year you start listening to and respecting your own voice. Perhaps 2015 will be the year you'll commit to making yourself happy.

6 Ways for Authors to Build an Engaging Platform Using Social Media

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Whether you're self-publishing or going the traditional route (or hybrid), you must map out the strategies for how you intend to build an engaging platform once you've reached those readers.

Paul Auster: How I Became a Writer

Louisiana Channel | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

This video not only tells the story of how Paul Auster became a writer. It also reveals how the American writer works. "A good days work is if I have one typed page at the end of the day, two is amazing, three is a miracle."

Learning From Adversity in 2014

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

2014 was one of the worst years ever for in many ways. It opened up lots of unpleasant doors, but as the cliché goes, for a writer, everything is material, no matter how awful. Even when we're suffering, part of us is observing the situation and thinking, "This would make a great story."

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 12.26.2014 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.

A Handy Book to Start Your 2015: Philsophy and Travels

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Gaia Paradiso

Volunteering, as well as engaging in outside activities that divert our attention from ourselves, our own material properties and our only close family, can truly change our life perceptions and improve our behaviors in society.

4 Ways Writers Can Deal with Rejection

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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?

Henry Miller's iPod

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

"According to my tracking stats on who reads the blog and where they come from, most of my hits seem to be for phrases like pubic hair, masturbation or hot mother-in-laws." She looked out the window and tapped her cheek, perplexed. "Why is that, I wonder?"

For Writers Struggling to Accept They Have a Hero's Journey: Own Your Story, Not Yourself

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

As writers, we are inextricably connected to our stories and the players of our stories. But what if we took a few steps back just to honor that story space? What if we just wrote for writing's sake without getting too attached to outcomes and what people think?

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

Kiran Desai: The World Arrived in Books

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Because she spent her childhood in an India, that had not yet opened its doors to the larger world, Indian novelist, Kiran Desai, had only her knowledge from books to rely on, before she later became an immigrant.

Paul Auster: The Meanness of New York

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

The iconic New York novelist, Paul Auster, comments on the much debated Eric Garner case, and why he doesn't want to give his usual pep talk about his beloved New York.

The One Habit of Successful People Those Lists Forget to Mention

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

This month, may you let go of doing what's always been done if it has ceased to serve. May you widen your eyes with curiosity instead of fear at the approaching new year. And may you look at each blank page, empty stage, clean canvas and new day as the beginning of a grand experiment.

Five Reasons Why Everybody Should Write a Book

Juliana Maio | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Juliana Maio

We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:

Are You Good Enough?

Quarterlette | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Quarterlette

You are beautiful, special, creative and wonderful and there is an infinite amount of love and opportunities waiting out there for you. The more you look, the more you will find.

When Did Writing Become a War?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's nothing wrong with having a daily goal if that works for you as a writer, but why should you be ashamed or crazed because you don't reach that daily goal -- what's the sense in that? Why have we let the word count become our master?

Writing Style, Culture & Honesty: the Truth From Fashion's Global Nomad

Aileen McGraw | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Aileen McGraw

Kelley Mullarkey starts our Skype conversation by declaring, "I leave for Morocco in 24 hours." Mullarkey is publisher and editor-in-chief of majestic disorder, a magazine for nomadic creatives.

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.