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She, Mother. Me, Daughter

Lisa Mae DeMasi | Posted 02.08.2017 | Fifty
Lisa Mae DeMasi

The room began to close in. The air got thick ... dense. Tension seeped into my pores. I grew smaller in stature -- shrunk right there in my chair before her, as if I was Alice and had just choked down a little red pill.

Got Writer's Block? Get Flowstate

Jesse Damiani | Posted 01.31.2017 | Media
Jesse Damiani

So you've finally decided to write that Great American Novel. Or maybe you need to jot down some notes for your next paper. Close your current word pr...

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2017 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day one....

Finishing The Hat: On Completing My First Novel

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.29.2017 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

As I've said before, whenever I lose my way as a writer, and feel like I'm running up one dead end after another, I watch Sunday In The Park With Geor...

Chasing a Dream? 4 Reasons You Better Run in Work Boots

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

In 2014, I released an indie book, "Purple People Leader." While the message (leading without bias) is hugely important to me, I actually published i...

It's in You

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 01.29.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

It is in the 4 a.m. alarm that rouses you from your cozy warm bed in the darkness. It is in the quiet of the morning when you are staring at a blank c...

Every Writer Is Their Own Lawyer

William Kenower | Posted 01.26.2017 | Home
William Kenower

I interview writers of all genres for Author magazine and Author2Author. If I wanted to, however, I could devote an entire magazine to interviews with...

Die Hard 2 and Bad Boys Screenwriter Talks About the Heyday of Screenwriting in the 80s and 90s!

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.26.2017 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Why Authors Need an 'Outside Life'

Kristen Houghton | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Kristen Houghton

A writer's life is not without its occupational hazards. Writing can become all-consuming even though no author is the same when it comes to their own schedule of writing.

Getting Away: Of Islands and Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 01.20.2017 | Travel
Karen Dionne

To reach Salt Cay, fly into the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Airport code: NAS). From there, a 45-minute taxi ride brings you to your accommodations at the Comfort Inn Suites on nearby Paradise Island.

5 Reasons Why Hans Gruber is the Greatest Movie Villain of All Time

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment

"Who said we were terrorists?" These sinister words, spoken with almost Shakespearean grandeur and playfulness by the late Alan Rickman, is perhaps one of the greatest lines spoken by any movie villain. It denotes that all is not as it seems while watching the original Die Hard.

Everyone Loves Steve

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 01.13.2017 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Steve Bluestein with friends Cathy Ladman and Judy Carter Steve Bluestein is a playwright and comedian. I interviewed him last year and listened fo...

Why Confidence Is More Important Than Craft

William Kenower | Posted 01.12.2017 | Home
William Kenower

When I was a very young writer I was somewhat motivated to learn my craft so that I would not suffer the sting of shame I believed would come if I shared something that was poorly written. I can now say - with confidence - that that sting is brief and harmless.

Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards

Madinah James | Posted 01.11.2017 | Media
Madinah James

Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held ...

How To Become A Best Selling Writer

Quora | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

All right, time for some industry secrets. (Well, maybe not secrets, but certainly not widely known).

What I've Learned as a Gay Man Who Left the Midwest, in 4 Parts

Chad Reichanadter | Posted 12.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Chad Reichanadter

When I arrived, I unpacked one hundred and five pounds of my belongings and began to settle in. Settling, sort of like the mucus glob at the bottom of a kombucha bottle. Definitely good for you, but not always the easiest thing to swallow.

The Glamorous Life of a Top Rated Author

Natalie Guenther | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Natalie Guenther

We get asked (Full Disclosure: no one asks us this except our children) what it is like to be Top Rated, Best Selling, wildly popular authors. It is, as you likely think, very glamorous.

Is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" Dead in Screenwriting Today?

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.22.2016 | Arts

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

How to Grow a Writing Career

William Kenower | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Writing careers are not like many other careers, where there is at least the appearance of order and predictability.

A Tale of Four Cities: Paris

Maddy Lederman | Posted 12.17.2016 | Travel
Maddy Lederman

A Tale of Four Cities is a series of travel notes from Maddy Lederman's recent trip abroad. "I'll never forget the simple pleasure of a perfect tomat...

Tips for Becoming a Successful E-Book Author

Kristen Houghton | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Kristen Houghton

If the publishing world is changing it is because of the many ways authors are choosing to find and expand their audiences through self-publishing. One of the newest ways to find an audience is by being an ebook-only author.

A Writer if Born Out of Heartbreak

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 12.15.2016 | Arts
Jane Cutler Yepez

As 2016 approaches, I have begun to take stock of the year that was. 2015 was the year my heart was broken, a heartbreak that came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Waiting for the Muse

William Kenower | Posted 12.13.2016 | Home
William Kenower

If you've ever read a book on writing, or been to a writer's conference, or taken a writing class, you may have heard a variation on this very fundame...

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter for Your Scripts

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment

Do your research, feel free to take some shots in the dark, and just keep getting your concepts out there. Your odds of success increase with each and every query you send.

The Painted Lady

John Malik | Posted 12.11.2016 | Home
John Malik

The Painted Lady is the latest novel from Joseph Falank. Mr. Falank is a teacher, a comedian, a New Yorker, and a documentary filmmaker. He is also a great writer. He crafts his words with a measured hand; his stories focus on the very personal journeys that many of us face: divorce, the death of a parent, adolescence, career, adulthood.