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Go F**king Work

Matt Hearnden | Posted 07.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Matt Hearnden

Alexander Lam might've created the best productivity hack ever -- www.gofuckingwork.com. Go to it now and you'll get one of a few different messa...

Stop Taking Criticism (And Praise) Personally

Matt Hearnden | Posted 07.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Matt Hearnden

When we realize we're more than our work, when we realize we're allowed to value ourselves more than we value the opinion of others, we stop taking our criticism and our praise so personally.

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.

Chasing Chaos: An Interview with Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I always joke that I don't have many friends--I never have had. Everywhere I've lived, I seemed to pick up only one or two. But those one or two friends often became friends for life. So I have my couple of friends from college, from graduate school, and so on, and we'd do anything for each other.

Stuck in the Middle: A Conversation with Ann Garvin

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I Like you Just Fine When You Aren't Around by Ann Garvin captures that in-between place so many people find themselves in today where carrying for ag...

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Conversation with Katherine Towler

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katherine Towler's memoir, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth follows her move to Portsmouth, along with a marriage and a settling down into the community s...

Dimestore: An Interview With Lee Smith

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.11.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Dimestore: A Writer's Life, Lee Smith reflects back on her growing up as a daughter of the Appalachian South and as a fiction writer. While she reports that her fiction finally clicked when she wrote about the life she knew growing up, her non-fiction benefits from the same gaze.

A Majorca Romance: A Conversation with Anita Hughes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.03.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes sweeps readers away to yet another paradise and a couple falling under the spell of love.

The Key to Good Writing is Reading

Quora | Posted 05.03.2016 | Books
Quora

What should one do to improve his writing skills? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered...

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Lisa Kerr | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Lisa Kerr

Quitting gave me what I needed to feel healthy again; it gave me the distance from what (and who) was unhealthy for me. I needed to enjoy writing again without the self-imposed pressure to publish with a leading agent.

Promised to the Crown: A Conversation with Aimie K. Runyan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.27.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Imagine choosing a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in a new land at behest of your King and country in order to marry and mother in the New World.

I Need Coffee: Schedule Your Writing Life

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

"I Need Coffee" is a monthly column on Huffington Post Books. INC (the initialism is deliberate) covers all sorts of writing topics, with an eye towar...

ADVICE 10: How Do I Become a Writer?

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller To send in a question, please complete this short Google form. All submissions are anonymous, even to the author. ***** ...

Brenda Janowitz Talks About Her New Novel, 'The Dinner Party'

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Holidays give families a chance to gather, reflect on the last year, and create new memories. At least that is the ideal version of the concept. Brenda Janowitz's lovely and fast-paced novel, The Dinner Party, captures a much more realistic view of the intricacies of a family gathering.

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.

What Happens When Writers Are Valued By the Number of People Reading Them

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Lauren Marie Fleming

My follower base is not large, but it is mighty. I'm tired of letting other people dictate what value I give my following and my writing. Fame and fortune lost their allure years ago. Now I want connection.

Let It Go! Improve Your Writing and Free Yourself From Attachment

Will Mathes | Posted 04.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Will Mathes

It's not uncommon for writers to occasionally get attached to certain words, phrases or passages, which inevitably feel essential to getting our message or story across. The problem with such "attachment" is we find ourselves disappointed when we're told (by editors or agents or publishers or readers), "That part didn't really work for me."

3 Proven Ways to Build a Writing Portfolio From Scratch

John Rampton | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
John Rampton

One of the most common questions I get asked from aspiring freelancers is how to build a writing portfolio from scratch. Many of them are just starting out and feel at a loss when it comes to creating a collection of writing clips.

Trust the Voice Within You

Will Mathes | Posted 03.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Will Mathes

It goes without saying, I believe our inner voice "has our back" like no other... and hearkening to it will always reap us the richest rewards of all.

3 Writing Tips for Bloggers

Shari Medini | Posted 03.17.2016 | Business
Shari Medini

Not all bloggers are great writers, but it certainly helps! One of the great things about being a blogger is that it automatically turns you into a better writer -- since you are continuously writing content day in and day out. Whether you are a newbie or have been blogging for years, I have 3 writing tips for bloggers that your audience will appreciate immensely, which will ultimately help your blog grow!

Unforgiven: A Conversation with Marin Thomas

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.04.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to forgive in a town so hard and dry that it's called Unforgiven. Ruby Baxter, the protagonist of Marin Thomas' latest novel, The P...

One More Day: An Interview with Kelly Simmons

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kelly Simmons third novel, One More Day, not only tackles every mother's worst fear of losing a child, she dives deeper into the nightmare, when mothe...

What Even Great Writers Do Badly: How to Up Your Game as an Author

Megan G. Close | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Megan G. Close

I consulted with colleagues and peers and put together a long list of dos and don'ts for writers at any stage in the writing process, and now I would like to share them with you now. Without further ado, here are six examples of what even great writers do badly (and how to change!).

Return, Shift Delete: A TV/film writer pushes his buttons

David S. Simon | Posted 02.24.2016 | Impact
David S. Simon

I was just sitting here, waiting for the flush of first thing in the morning coffee to flood its way into my Grand Central nervous system, staring at...

No Ordinary Life: A Conversation With Suzanne Redfearn

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Suzanne Redfearn's novel, No Ordinary Life, explores the age-old question: what price are you willing to pay for fame. But she does so with a twist: how much would you be willing to let your children pay?