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Find Your Writer's Voice in 2014

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

The scholarly and professional styles that earned you good grades and your way up the ladder won't win the hearts of readers of fiction or memoir. These readers are looking for the real deal. These readers want the feral you, the wild you that answers to no one.

A Relatively Brief Memoir About Writing a Relatively Brief Book

David Misch | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
David Misch

So between the travel and the people and the expense reimbursements, it's hard to call my career as an author a failure. Not impossible, but hard. And there's another thing: I wrote a book.

7 Essential Query Letter Writing Tips

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: You’ve written, rewritten, and agonized over every word in your manuscript. Now that you’re ready to submit your boo...

Writing Is Like Sex

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cassie Premo Steele

Just as you cannot become adept at making love by thinking about it, you will not be successful as a writer by allowing your thoughts and feelings about writing to stand in for the writing practice itself.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is a prolific author who has written 40 novels. Jon's most recent novel, The Tenth Circle, involves terrorist attacks on the U.S, masterminded by a vicious cabal.

Don't Rule This Out When Trying To Publish Your Book

| Posted 12.11.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Now that you’ve finally finished your manuscript, it’s time to consider your next big decision: To which publishing ...

50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

No matter which writing camp you may fall into, there are plenty of ways that you can get yourself prepared for the New Year, as a writer, author, and/or blogger.

What You Should Do To Get Published

| Posted 11.27.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Another day, another rejection letter—what’s a new writer to do? While holding your breath, stomping your feet, or c...

A Writer's Obligation

Paul Florez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Paul Florez

As writers, we ultimately sell ourselves out. When I find the courage to write about my family, friends or some unassuming stranger, I'm not revealing a truth about them. I am revealing a truth about myself.

Awesome Motivational Writing Posters That Will Get You To Finish That Novel!

Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

Only nine more days of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! You're probably in the final stretch, and we thought these cute motivational Quirk po...

5 Tips For Becoming A Successful Writer

| Posted 11.13.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief Staff: Let’s play a game. It’s called, “How do I become a successful writer?” While it’s not easy, Writer’s Relie...

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Steven Petite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Then Junot Diaz asked me a question: "What could you possibly write that would interest people?" This being a reference to my age, and possibly my closed-off suburban background. I know that it was not meant as an insult, but at the same time, how would he know if my writing could interest people just by looking at me?

5 Writing Tips To Help Amp Up Your Prose

| Posted 10.16.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: All right, so you are trying to break into the ranks of writers with publishing credits and all you want to know is: “...

Turning the Tables on a Bad Writing Day

Juliette Fay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Juliette Fay

On the days when, for whatever reason, you've determined that All is for Naught, here are some suggestions that are guaranteed to get you back on track.

Cooking Up a Great Story -- The Necessary Ingredients

James S. Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

In talking with a friend of mine the other day, it occurred to me that writing novels is somewhat similar to being a standup comedian.

Still Writing

Lindsey Mead | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Lindsey Mead

Still Writing is a book to read carefully and to savor over and over. I've read it twice myself already, and I know it will join books like Annie Dillard's The Writing Life in the pantheon of those volumes I trust most and revisit often.

How to Take a Massive Leap Forward in Your Writing Through One Simple Exercise

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

In finding my own voice as a historical writer, I benefited years ago from an exercise that I am convinced can help anyone to write -- and express a point of view -- more clearly and convincingly.

5 Secrets To Writing A Successful Short Story

| Posted 09.18.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But the secret to successfully getting a short story published is to add...

Freelance Writing: An Interview About Inspiration, Obstacles and Advice

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

As an author I am routinely interviewed by freelance writers while I promote my work. Over the years I have developed a curiosity into their world of writing.

Peter Pan and Me

James S. Parker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Fifty
James S. Parker

I realized that only I controlled my attitude. I suddenly went from being a writer in theory to one who got up every day and told the story that was begging to be told.

Choose to Write

Angela Maiers | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

Today I am beckoning and challenging the writer in you. Just write. Your words and ideas have the power to move and motivate strangers, to shake the work and rattle the skies (even if it is just your eyes for now).

25 Tips For Short, Snappy Writing

Posted 08.28.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "How To Write Short" by Roy Peter Clark [Little, Brown, $20.00]. The author explores not only tweets and statuses, bu...

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference?

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: The guidelines for literary and mainstream fiction often differ from those of popular fiction such as romance novels, ...

Advice for Writers

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

Every writer I know has assembled a collection of quotes from famous authors that inspire their writerly souls. As an author, a conference attendee, and a conference organizer, I've culled plenty of advice over the years. Here are a few of my favorites.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 3

Carol Hoenig | Posted 09.28.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I needed to justify the hours I spent writing, not only to others, but myself, as well. How do you explain to friends and family that you are doing something of value when there was nothing to show for it, except for the hours of being hidden away in one's room?