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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 01.25.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.19.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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.

6 Tips for (Really) Finishing Your First Book in 2015

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Carrie Visintainer

It's that time of year for New Year's Resolutions. Maybe one of your big goals is to publish a book. So in 2015, why not commit? Make it a priority and knock out that first novel, memoir, or story collection. Here are six tips for making your book happen this year.

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.

Time Management for Creative Types

Katie Morton | Posted 02.15.2015 | Books
Katie Morton

Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.

You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong

| Posted 12.10.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Today we tackle a subject that has sharply divided writers for generations. Those of you with delicate constitutions may ...

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Abigail Carter

Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Finding Time To Write During A Busy Holiday Schedule

| Posted 11.26.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: The busy holiday season is here! In between baking, visiting family and friends, decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping...

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

The Book Launch and the Aftermath

Warren Adler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work.