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Writing a Novel

How To Write Better Without Becoming A Better Writer

Matt Hearnden | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Matt Hearnden

Because I'm worrying much less about whether or not my work is good enough. It might be, and it might not be. It's just not worth the energy it takes to worry about it - especially when I could be putting that energy into the work.

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
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.

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

If you've been a hobby writer for a while now (and I define "hobby writer" as a writer who hasn't made any money from her writing), and you think it's time to step up and go pro, here are five things you can do to begin the transition.

Harper Lee Through Grandma's Eyes

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Kat Katsanis-Semel

In honor of Harper Lee, I call on all goofballs to take their talent to heart. You never know what could emerge from you, if you give it a sincere shot. And you might be so successful that someone will - one day - tell her grandchild about you.

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.

38 Best First Lines in Novels (YA Edition)

Mary Jane Hathaway | Posted 12.18.2015 | Books
Mary Jane Hathaway

All great authors know that a killer first line is almost more important than the first few pages, and authors put in hours of work just to get the right sentence on paper.

Watching a Novelist at Work

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I never thought about the writing process in terms of what it looks like. It's not pretty; at least not for me. Or exciting. For one, my clothes are shlumpy. I can't be productive when I'm dressed nicely. Secondly, it's very quiet (unless I'm editing--the bawling could get disorderly).

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelly Haworth

Writing this book let me express the emotions of trying to figure everything out -- the pain, the awkwardness and the strength -- and I emerged on the other side knowing that this pendulum inside me, this duality of male and female was exactly who I was.

National Novel Writing Month: My Experience With Temporary Neurosis

Ali Owens | Posted 11.09.2015 | Comedy
Ali Owens

I have long suspected I'm a cookie short of a dozen. I have always been vaguely aware that there's only a small distance between "whimsically creative" and "bat shit crazy" -- and that even at the best of times, crossing it would not be that much of a stretch for me.

NaNo NaNo

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Ann Lewis Hamilton

Okay, so this year it'll be a dystopian tale set in Pittsburgh after an alien invasion. No, cancel that. A gentle coming of age story. 1950s, small town America. Wait, what about a man who wakes up, looks in the mirror, and - he's turned into a German shepherd.

Author Holly Robinson on Her Latest Book: Chance Harbor

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.14.2015 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

I've been blessed to become friends with a number of local authors, such as the generous and wickedly funny Holly Robinson. Holly's latest book came out October 6, and she was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk with me about it.

What Does it Mean to Be a 'Prolific' Writer?

Warren Adler | Posted 10.09.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

There has been an odd public discussion recently about writers, specifically novelists, who are too prolific, as if such abundance was a quality that diminished the nature and substance of the author's output.

5 Ways To Finish Your Passion Project (When Watching Netflix In Bed Seems Way More Appealing)

Laura Hankin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Laura Hankin

Maybe you have lots of free time in which to work on your passion project. Maybe you have very little. Whatever amount you have, make it something you're excited about.

20/2 Clarity: I Dream of Living a Life Worth Writing About

Stella Mowen | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Stella Mowen

I hope a day may come when you decide to hold onto that happiness longer. And instead of tucking the dream back in your pocket, you release it out to the world. It is then, in this moment that the fun begins.

5 Rituals and Routines That Changed My Writing Life

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."

Authors and Obsessive Themes

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Writers often don't recognize their own embedded themes until after writing "the end"--and sometimes not even then. True revelations are often handed to us by reviewers, book clubs, and Goodreads. Only by looking back do we recognize our sore spots and consistent curiosity.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2016 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2016 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Lisa Dale Norton

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it?

The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.31.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

While most authors don't spend the same amount of time as Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on today's novels there are certain things that need to be clear and true when writing a book.

4 Lessons That Revising a Garden Can Teach You About Planting a Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

What thrills you in your garden -- like random assortments of lilies mixed with giant purple Allium -- might be very different from what pleases your neighbor, whose garden consists of neat rows of yellow and white. That's okay. Your vision is what makes your garden and novel unique.

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Maria Ross | Posted 05.18.2016 | Books
Maria Ross

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

Choose This Day: Author Kathryn Craft on Healing with Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling and the new release, The Far End of Happy, a fictionalized account of the day her first husband choo...

One Writer's Homage to Booksellers, Librarians and Readers

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Launching your first novel is exciting because you don't know what to expect. It's a big deal that you've published a book at all. Sending subsequent books into the world is still a big deal -- we're living the dream, right? -- but in some ways it's even more intimidating.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend