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The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

Choose This Day: Author Kathryn Craft on Healing with Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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 ch...

11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Melody Moezzi

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

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

Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

Steven Petite | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence.

10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

Richie Etwaru | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Richie Etwaru

Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little.

The Surprising Advice That Could Help You Get Published

| Posted 03.04.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Literary agencies run the gamut in terms of size: from a single, independent agent all the way up to a giant firm with hu...

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

How Writing a First Draft (of Anything) Is Like a Trip to the Gynecologist

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

(Authors note: I have resolved this year to write more creatively from time to time. So, here is my first stab at a piece I dreamed up while...yes.....

American Sniper Screenwriter Jason Hall on Screenwriting, War Movies and Being Nominated for an Oscar

Quora | Posted 04.18.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

A great character involves us in a way that most plots can't. Even the greatest of plots with a thin character doesn't involve us, but a great character with a thin plot does. It's all about character.

How to Publish Short Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

So you want to publish a short story? You want to read the journals and magazines that publish short fiction to see where your work would fit. You want to find people that like writing like yours.

Commonly Confused Words: How To Avoid These Grammar Gaffes

| Posted 02.04.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: There are some grammar guidelines that, no matter how often you review the rules, some writers are still going to mess up...

The Secret to Writing Your Novel in a Weekend

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.03.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I didn't have time to think of anything or anyone, I just wrote. Was the book any good? Who knows? Who cares? I don't even know where it is now and I've forgotten the title.

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

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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.'

13 Ways to Use a Journal to Grow in Success

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
Rosella LaFevre

After doing some reading, I became convinced that the key to living that next chapter of my life might be recording this chapter and envisioning the future using pen on paper. Journaling could be the key to progress.

Selling You: Creating a Winning Professional Bio or Blurb

O'Brien Browne | Posted 03.21.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Keeping these points in mind will make writing your blurb fun and enjoyable because it is about giving to others; and giving is always grander and more joyful than taking - which is exactly the key ingredient that makes up a great blurb.

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 03.22.2015 | 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.

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.21.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.

7 Ways Writers Can Learn From Sports

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 03.17.2015 | Books
Henriette Lazaridis

A committed athlete knows that success comes from the willingness to push yourself seemingly beyond your ability, to court fear just a little, and to relinquish safety. Write into what scares you. Go past the point where you feel comfortable and you'll see how much stronger your work can become.

Why a Book is my 2015 Priority And Why it Should be Yours, Too.

Corey Blake | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Corey Blake

What might you attract to your own life if you were living in such a space? What if you knew your story could change the world? What if you believed you were meant to touch the lives of people around the globe?

Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts

| Posted 01.07.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contes...

5 Tops Ways to Write Your Memoir in 2015

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

There's NO reason whatsoever why writing a memoir should take years and years. Think again. With a little bit of planning, you can turn your life-long dream of memoir writing into publishable action with these tried and true FIVE steps.