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How to Stop Obsessing About "Writer's Block"

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

"Writer's block is bunk." That's not exactly what prize-winning author Loren D. Estleman said a few years ago at a Michigan writer's conference, but ...

Why You Don't Have To Win The Writing Game

William Kenower | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
William Kenower

I cannot begin to write until I forget about the fearful and uninspiring business of survival. To write I have to forget about winning and losing, success and failure, and even dying and living.

Writing from the Soul: How Your Story Defines Your Self

Suzannah Galland | Posted 07.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Suzannah Galland

Why do so many of us feel like our lives are fictions that need revision? It's because every one of us has a specific, unique story that we tell ourse...

What Studies Say About Those Who Correct Other People's Grammar

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.01.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Who are the Grammar Police? The grammar police are people who have a compulsive urge to correct other people's grammar, often in public. We're talking about those individuals who cross the line by dishing out public corrections, with the intent of making themselves feel superior while putting others down.

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Gives the Best Advice for Aspring Writers

Quora | Posted 06.22.2016 | Arts

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

How To Prime Your Memory Pump

Patti M Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
Patti M Hall

We all feel our memories are fading. But that simply isn't how memory works.

Gone With The Wind At 80: Six Lessons For 2016 Writers

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
Loretta Bolger Wish

Margaret Mitchell's path to success offers important lessons that hold true after eight decades of drastic changes in tastes, culture, mores, business and technology. Besides the obvious -- be a spellbinding storyteller -- here are six takeaways that may help other writers.

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty By Ruth Lepson The history of the lyric and of the separation between poetry and music in the Western world is co...

How Grieving Kickstarted My Career As An Entrepreneur

The Well | Posted 06.11.2016 | Latino Voices
The Well

Losing my mom and my grandma are two of the hardest realities I'll ever have to face. But I look at my career path, my friendships, and the unexpected professional turns I've taken, and one thing is clear: In life and in death, they've taught me that our existence is too damn short to not bet on your version of happy. This is mine.

A.I. Writes a Screenplay, Screenwriters Breathe a Sigh of Relief

ScreenCraft | Posted 06.10.2016 | Entertainment

Despite what you've likely read in the headlines on social media and the internet recently -- we have yet to create an Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can write an amazing screenplay.

A Tonic for Today: A Review of an Interracial Comedy

Lisa Shanahan | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
Lisa Shanahan

The funniest woman I've ever known is my college roommate, Beth Wareham. In her new book with co-author, Jason Davis (a Blood, O.G.), a Westchester Co...

The Wildness of BREAD

Karen Musey | Posted 06.06.2016 | New York
Karen Musey

What is it that makes a good life? And a good death? BREAD is a multi-disciplinary arts collective dedicated to adapting and devising new work that ...

Instagram, Bookstagram And British Author James Fahy

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

If you need to be reminded that reading is alive and thriving, take a few moments and visit Instagram and the book community of Bookstagram. Here you ...

5 Ways To Get Smart About Freelancing

Carmella Guiol | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Carmella Guiol

As a new writer, I'm learning that freelancing takes a lot of time, between researching, reading, pitching, and writing. And so I've had to ask myself...

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home
Eva Lesko Natiello

A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first "met" this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I've received many times over, albeit from other writers.

Happy Fatherless Day

Alicia Napierkowski | Posted 06.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia Napierkowski

The anticipation of Father's Day has become a dreadful kaleidoscope of carnival mirrors, disfiguring a warm June that once felt welcoming, instead of an excuse for a picnic or a card to sign.

Why Do Magazines and Book Publishers Rip Off Ideas? (Because They Can.)

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.31.2016 | Media
Peter Mandel

There's nothing new under the sun. This old saw is one of the first things you learn on the job if you're a writer, artist, or other drudge who tries...

The Only Thing You Need To Become A Good Writer

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 05.28.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

. "I've decided I'm going to write," I said, listening to how self-important that sentence sounded wafting through the air. "Really?" he said. "I didn't know you were a writer." If he meant had I ever made a comfortable living as a writer -- or even an uncomfortable one -- the answer was "no." If he meant had anyone ever heard of me, nope.

Why Books Still Matter

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
Holly Lynn Payne

Knowing the impact that one perfect novel had on my life, I set out with my colleagues, Paul Stiff and Josh Conviser, to understand America's relationship with books--research we were doing for a grant from the National Science Foundation for our company's innovation in book discovery.

What Is Write a House Worth?

Toby Barlow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Detroit
Toby Barlow

It's not a passing thing. We're not going to stop working on this idea. Not for a long time. We're incredibly happy with its success. We love the writers we have discovered and we can't wait to discover more. We're proud of what Write A House has accomplished so far, and we're very curious to see what it will do next.

The Simple Trick That Helped My Kids Become Amazing Writers

Quora | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents

How can I tell my 15-year-old daughter she is awful at writing? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling question...

Writer Campaigns for County Supervisor in Iowa's "City of Literature"

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Jeff Biggers

As the nation's first UNESCO "City of Literature," the sidewalks of Iowa City feature bronze relief panels with the words of famous writers connected to the area.

Women Who Inspire Me Series: Interview With SixPackMommy

Liza Larregui | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Liza Larregui

She is not only a friend, but someone I deeply admire and who inspires me to be a better version of myself.

Why I Got Rid of My 9-to-5 to Finally Live My Dream as a Writer

Michelle Wisdom-Ellis | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Michelle Wisdom-Ellis

I let go of my 9-to-5 and I finally went to nutrition school with the hope to naturally change this world. I was in college at the time for psychology and Christian counseling. I didn't want to give my future patient's prescription drugs and that led me to nutrition school to learn about a holistic approach to healing.

Will Donald Trump Defy Mythology?

Frederic Colier | Posted 05.19.2017 | Politics
Frederic Colier

Donald Trump sets a high mark here. He never talks about his mother, never mentions her in his speeches. In fact, Mrs. Trump senior seems shrouded in secrecy.