iOS app Android app

Writing Tips

What We Want Most

William Kenower | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
William Kenower

A great book is a work of love -- not craft, not intelligence, not discipline, but love. And that love expresses itself in this question asked and answered over and over again: What do I most want to say?

Alternative Ways to Sign Off On An Email

Greg Mania | Posted 07.30.2015 | Comedy
Greg Mania

It's unequivocally clear emails have evolved into their own form of communication. With this form comes a new standard of digital etiquette; it may seem like a minor element in an email, but a sign off conveys a lot about you to your recipient.

How to Write Memoir

LJ Charleston | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
LJ Charleston

Whether it's something that you simply want to leave for your children or grandchildren to read, or whether you went through something life changing or traumatic and feel that writing a memoir will help you exorcise some demons -- as a cathartic exercise -- then it's time to stop thinking about it and actually doing it.

The Secret to Better Writing: Word Conservation

Liz Wainger | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Liz Wainger

What if we took a different approach and treated words like a finite and precious commodity? Would our discourse be more civil? Would misunderstandings be minimized? Would communication improve? My guess is, yes. In that spirit, here are four tips for starting a word conservation plan.

How to Start Writing a Book

LJ Charleston | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
LJ Charleston

It's rare to meet a person who hasn't thought at some stage in their life, "I want to write a book." Whether its memoir, fiction, a children's picture book, creative non-fiction, historical or erotica, most of us believe we have a story inside us that is literally aching to be told.

Maybe in Another Life: A Conversation With Author Taylor Jenkins Reid

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel, Maybe in Another Life, tackles one of the big riddles of life: what if? What if I went home with this man? What if I went home with my friends instead? Maybe in Another Life leaves together the two big what if threads of Hannah Martin's life as she finds love and her way in the world.

5 Rituals and Routines That Changed My Writing Life

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."

Write Like You Talk: 9 Quick 'n' Dirty Tips for Non-Robotic-Sounding Copy

Whitney Ryan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Whitney Ryan

When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. But when it's time to sit down and write? Total crickets.

Peer Pressure at Camp NaNoWriMo

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

Camp NaNoWriMo is the summertime version of National Novel Writing Month and provides an online gathering-place and support group for writers working on any type of writing project.

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

How to Kill Your Characters Without Bloodshed

LJ Charleston | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
LJ Charleston

Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you.

Be a Patron of the Arts-Your Own Art!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough to pay the bills.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Kill your darlings. It's a phrase you've all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed?

What Judy Blume Taught Me About Writing

Melanie Biehle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Biehle

Thanks to Judy Blume for her words of wisdom (and wit) about writing that she shared with me.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

I Vomited 126,868 Words: My First Step In Writing A Book

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

Writing is like vomiting, I learned: Just get it all out, and don't worry about what comes out. I needed a lot of words for my first book, Burn Zones.

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Lance Rubin on Harry Potter, the Stinky Cheese Man and How to Get Your Debut Novel Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.11.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the fun things about being a Book Doctor is that we get to travel to cool places and meet cool people.

Five Tips to Keep You Passionate About Your Writing

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

How can we stay on track, writing about those things which keep us passionate, when we must write for a living, day in and day out? Here are five tips to keep you passionate in your writing.

5 Tips for Running a Successful Blog

Quora | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Quora

Anyone can walk into a bookstore and pick from Shakespeare, Pratchett, JK Rowling and a million more. Tell me (a) is your writing more deserving of attention and (b) how would anyone even know?

5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Where authors are concerned, impatience leads to wishful thinking, which feeds these five delusions I see new authors suffer from, when they allow impatience to distort their path to successful publication.

The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

While most authors don't spend the same amount of time as Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on today's novels there are certain things that need to be clear and true when writing a book.

Why It's Difficult to Be a Writer Mama and Why I Have to

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Dorit Sasson

When I was a young and inexperienced mother, I wrote but I always felt guilty and selfish for doing so. Now I understand this what I need to do to emotionally survive as a parent and to validate who I am.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers