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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?

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.

The Daylight Marriage: Q & A With Heidi Pitlor

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Heidi Pitlor's The Daylight Marriage, when wife Hannah disappears, her husband, Lovell must not only wonder why and grieve her absence but face the...

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Holly...

Ten Things I Learned As A First-Time Published Author

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Kristin Meekhof

About four years ago, I decided that I wanted to write a non- fiction book. I have a graduate degree in social work and no one in my family is an auth...

How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Sh*t

Jennifer Garam | Posted 01.18.2017 | Books
Jennifer Garam

I don't have an agent or an editor expecting the completion of my manuscript, no publishers are wooing me with six-figure advances for a book deal, and nothing I've written has ever gone viral.

I Need Coffee: Become Your Own Retailer, for Real

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 01.14.2017 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

I don't mind schlepping my books around. I don't mind befriending bookstore owners and delivering a sales pitch. That's just part of an author's job. I do mind all that work not counting.

The Screenwriter's Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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

First Frost: An Interview with Sarah Addison Allen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.05.2017 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost, we return to Bascom, North Carolina, and the magical Waverly family first featured in Garden Spells. Addison Allen's books feature a splendid use of magical realism that immerses us into the hearts and minds of her characters. We spoke about the nature of belonging, magic, and writing.

New Year, New Career

Geri Spieler | Posted 12.28.2016 | Business
Geri Spieler

It's comforting to know there are some very successful freelancers out there. Hopefully when I'm doing well, I too, will promote my success and maybe write a book about how I did it and offer it on my own "How to" freelance writing advice.

10 Ways Travel Makes You a Better Writer

Stephanie Storey | Posted 12.28.2016 | Books
Stephanie Storey

I love to travel. When I was a kid, my parents drove us from coast to coast in a motorhome. When I was eighteen, I went to Europe with a traveling choir. I've studied art in Italy, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, and just this week hiked to a glacier on the south coast of Iceland.