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Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.

How to Write Both Fast and Well, Part 3: The 'One Point Rule'

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

In any one communication, you can only make one point. Count on people forgetting everything else. That's because our minds throw away almost all new information -- by necessity, since we wouldn't be able to tote brains big enough to store a day's worth.

A Guide to Filling Your Creative Cup and Harnessing Your Creative Energy

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Vanessa Carnevale

Whether you want to get out of your head and back to the things that stir your soul, or you're just trying to find ways to live a more creative life, these tips will help you harness your creative energy and bring you back to center.

Writers: You MUST Finish Your Book

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

My first book, an epic fantasy, is about to be published by Tor. Getting to that publication date--September 29th, 2015--has taken nearly all the years I've been alive and more work than I could have imagined, starting out.

My Real Job

William Kenower | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Every time I think I know what kind of a story an idea will turn into before I write it, I am wrong. I never really know what a story will be until I meet it on the blank page.

A Few Good Writing Tips from Award Winner Lydia Davis

L.L. Barkat | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

What to leave in, what to leave out. Writing is not just all we remember. It is choice.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

Simplify Your Writing to Attract More Business

Irina Jordan | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Irina Jordan

Compelling writing captures readers' attention. It is clear, concise and flows very smoothly. Use these tips to simplify your writing and attract high quality leads (especially the elusive Internet ones!).

How to Write Fast & Well, Part 2: Know What the Heck You Mean

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

The most important question to ask yourself is the simplest: "What the heck am I actually trying to say?" As, it happens, this also is one of the hardest questions.

Write Now: Creating Strong Female Characters

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

I have been lucky. Most of my long term partners on the LAPD have been amazing detectives who just happened to be female. The writer side of me has been paying attention for a long time to how women on the job have to handle or put up with all manner of things male cops don't encounter.

Write Now: Genus Editorus Rex

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Good E/Ms are the most common of the genus éditorus rex. These, generally kind examples of the species, understand what you are trying to accomplish with your novel/story, but only work with you if your manuscript is - short of a copy edit - publication ready.

Write Now: Avoiding Obnoxious Self-Promotion

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Most of us have had to unfriend or block individuals on our social networking sites whose excessive self-promotion constantly clutters up newsfeeds and group pages. These cretins have no idea how obnoxious they are and never contribute anything but self-promotion to the groups they are, in essence, spamming.

6 Monsters Killing Your Writing Ability

Adam Davis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Adam Davis

I deal with an issue known as "writer's block." It is real, I promise. If you have been writing for any length of time, you know what I am talking about. What I discovered through my experience is that my surroundings either contribute to me producing valuable content, or it hinders my ability to write well.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

The Dictator

William Kenower | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
William Kenower

"I figured it out, Bill," my brother told me recently. "In the absence of a dictatorship, we create one." His epiphany reminded me of Daniel Pink's book Drive, which looks at the real reason people are motivated to do what they do.

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...

Make Your Scenes Earn Their Way

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Next time you sit down to write, start a new scene with intention. Consider the scene's purpose. In fiction the scene might simply be about driving forward the plot. In memoir the scene might be a way to further articulate your themes, to drive home ideas and takeaways that satisfy the reader.

How Mindfulness Can Transform Your Writing Life

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Carnevale

It could be said that writing starts when the ballpoint hits the surface of paper, or when fingers tap the square-shaped keys of a keyboard, but I like to think that writing begins somewhere else.

A Good Practice

William Kenower | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I began to pay close attention to my writing experience, becoming curious about when it was going well and when it wasn't going well as I never had before. It was as if I were conducting an experiment on myself.

Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka

Devra Maza | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Devra Maza

Catherine Linka knows books. So it shouldn't have surprised her when, before her award-winning debut novel A Girl Called Fearless was even published, she was asked to write a sequel.

The Common Good

William Kenower | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
William Kenower

My father had a very satisfying epiphany recently. It was fifty years in the making, but well worth the wait. He had studied a little philosophy as an undergraduate, where he had read about Immanuel Kant's "categorical imperative."

A Bad Book Review Isn't the End of the World

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

A bad review is, of course, very uncomfortable to read. You can cry, have a few too many drinks, or get mad. A few authors take it with a grain of salt and let it go or at least, pretend to do so.

Story Transformation: Creating Change

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

I seek to provide transformation to others and to experience it personally on a daily basis. As a story consultant, my mission is to help transform the message of the storyteller into one that resonates with their audience on a deeper level, uplifts, creates change, and to leads the storyteller to a sale.

Carried Forward

William Kenower | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Writers who hate promotion do not see promotion as a creative act. These writers are highly attuned to the experience of swimming against that current, and they know to avoid it. For many of those writers, writing is the one place they consistently don't swim against the current.

Dear Diary: How To Overcome Writer's Block

Marie Forster | Posted 08.21.2015 | HuffPost Home
Marie Forster

That night, I picked up an empty notebook, sat down at my kitchen table and did just that. I wrote whatever came to mind. No editing, no proofreading. The less I thought, the more came out. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief wash over me.