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How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Breaking Up With the First Manuscript

Sonia Halbach | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Sonia Halbach

Like any relationship, it's not easy breaking up with a manuscript, especially when you put so much time and effort into it, and at the end of the day there are still strong feelings involved. And it's even harder when it was your first.

'The Last September': A Conversation with Nina de Gramont

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

The Last September by Nina de Gramont traces the aftermath of a murder in Cape Cod through the point of view of the recent widow, Brett.

A Conversation With Karma Brown

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

When a tragic accident derails Tegan Lawson's life, she turns to an unlikely source for her next steps forward. Karma Brown's novel, Come Away With Me, will both break your heart and give you hope.

Life and Other Near Death Experiences: A Conversation With Camille Pagán

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

For many people, their bucket lists remain abstract, a list of things to do some day in the future. But for Libby, the protagonist of Camille Pagán's novel, Life and Other Near Death Experiences, a terminal cancer diagnosis prompts her to take charge of the time she has left to reinvent her life.

Why Neil Gaiman Doesn't Believe In Writer's Block

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

Every writer has been there: Staring down a blank page, struggling to write anything that feels right, cursing writer's block for impeding pro...

Have I Got a Story for You!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writers are fair game for anyone with a "terrific idea" for a story. There is a part of me that truly understands this. We want someone to like what we have to offer. For that reason alone, I hate to reject anyone who offers me ideas and I always listen politely to story pitches.

Choosing the Right Screenwriting Path for You

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment

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

Every Mother's Nightmare and Every Writer's Dream: Meet Steena Holmes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As with her earlier novel, Finding Emma, about the after effects of a toddler's kidnapping, author Steena Holmes doesn't back away from tackling the devastating events every mother fears in her latest novel.

Start From the End

Melissa Garvey | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Garvey

Image Courtesy Ladyheart I recently had a friend in town visiting who is an incredible musician, and we were chatting one morning over coffee about...

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.

Become a More Productive Writer With These 6 Hacks

Elena Prokopets | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Elena Prokopets

Your muse has moved out and left no forwarding address. You are staring at a blank screen trying to figure out how you will meet your deadlines - three of them actually.

The Second Discipline: Why Writers Must Choose Not to Worry

William Kenower | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Writers have to be disciplined. Most writers do not begin their career with a publishing contract in hand. Instead, the writer has an idea. This idea so interests him that he sits down every day, alone, often without encouragement, always without guarantees.

Meet YA Author Rebecca Villarreal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Rebecca Villarreal is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, a magical young adult mystery novel about globetrotting, magic, courage and friendship. We spoke about sharing magic with young readers, honoring grandmothers, and what it takes to start your own press.

A Conversation With Jan Stites: Sweet Oak and Sweet Books

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Schools everywhere use books to teach students all kinds of subjects. Ruby, the 70-year-old grandmother in the novel by Jan Stites, Reading the Sweet Oak, starts a romance book club to try an teach her granddaughter, Tulsa, about love. Stites spoke to me about the Ozarks, making a great book club, and lessons we can learn about love.

The Good Neighbor: A Conversation With Author Amy Sue Nathan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor, brings us the story of Elizabeth aka Izzy Lane and her introduction to the worlds of Internet celebrity and dating after divorce.

Why Do So Many Chase the "Impossible" Screenwriting Dream?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

It's common knowledge that screenwriting is a seemingly impossible career venture for a majority that attempt it, yet thousands upon thousands of people each year are writing screenplays in hopes of attaining that ultimate dream of becoming a professional screenwriter.

The Outsider: My Life In Intrigue: A Conversation With Frederic Forsyth

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.07.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Frederick Forsythe has mesmerized millions of readers and moviegoers with stories about assassinations, conspiracies, civil wars, the drug trade, mercenaries, and international intrigue.

The Lioness in Mark Twain's Court: A Conversation with Lynn Cullen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Cullen's novel unravels how Lyons shifted from being Twain's beloved secretary who knew him better than anyone else to, as he called her in a 429 page document, "a liar, a forger, a thief."

Pretending to Dance: A Conversation With Diane Chamberlain

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly Arnette, the protagonist in Diane Chamberlain's beautiful woven novel, Pretending to Dance, left Morrison Ridge, North Carolina, and all of her family behind for good.

Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.

How Many Novels Should You Write in a Year? Bad Advice for Writers Has Your Answer!

G. Doucette | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

We've been dispensing official Bad Advice for a little while now (for instance, here, here and here), and we take this job seriously, because legitimately bad advice for writers is an art form, and we like to take our time crafting that advice. We have a laboratory. And white coats. We look adorable in them.

After The Parade: An Interview with Lori Ostlund

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In After The Parade, a new novel from Lori Ostlund, Aaron, an English as a Second Language teacher leaves behind his partner and the home they share...

Writing as a Career Choice

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 09.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alex Ivanovs

I just finished writing and publishing my piece on online career choices, and one of the career choices that I emphasized the most was to become a wri...

Writing, Me, and Carli Lloyd

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
Sharon Van Epps

Rejection is part of the writing game, but as every writer knows, not all rejections are equal. When an editor simply ignores your submission, that's a bottom-tier rejection. The next step up is a form letter.