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Hemingway's Secret: "Write Your Pants Off!"

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

Killer Queen Chiasmus

Peter Paskale | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus -- a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing.

13 Ways to Use a Journal to Grow in Success

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
Rosella LaFevre

After doing some reading, I became convinced that the key to living that next chapter of my life might be recording this chapter and envisioning the future using pen on paper. Journaling could be the key to progress.

Selling You: Creating a Winning Professional Bio or Blurb

O'Brien Browne | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Keeping these points in mind will make writing your blurb fun and enjoyable because it is about giving to others; and giving is always grander and more joyful than taking - which is exactly the key ingredient that makes up a great blurb.

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.19.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.

8 Tips to Writing for a Successful Multi-Author Blog

Williesha Morris | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Williesha Morris

Here are steps to determine the ROI of a multi-author blog, as well as warning signs you may be part of the wrong community.

Rejection Is Good For You

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

What I did not realize, as I started down the long hard road to finding an agent and attempting to sell my writing, was how much these rejections would help me in other aspects of my life

New Year's Resolutions? Not for Me, Thanks

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution in many years, because they've always struck me as somewhat desperate. A bit like lines drawn in the sand: bold and dramatic and exciting. That is, until the tide comes in and washes them away.

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable.

6 Tips for (Really) Finishing Your First Book in 2015

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Carrie Visintainer

It's that time of year for New Year's Resolutions. Maybe one of your big goals is to publish a book. So in 2015, why not commit? Make it a priority and knock out that first novel, memoir, or story collection. Here are six tips for making your book happen this year.

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

3 Lessons I Didn't Know Before Writing My Memoir About Serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Since 2012, my memoir has gone through multiple drafts and I've finally got to the core of the transformation. I'm definitely not the same writer I was going in. Here are three lessons to prove what I've learned so far about the memoir writing process and my story.

How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 12.26.2014 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.

Twitter's Unexpected Benefits

S. L. Young | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

Twitter and other social media tools aren't always celebrated as meaningful message delivery tools, but Twitter is one of my best technological friends.

4 Ways Writers Can Deal with Rejection

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

I got fan mail and queries from agents -- but for five years after that, not one editor anywhere accepted another story of mine. Rejection is a part of every writer's life. How do you deal with it and keep going?

Time Management for Creative Types

Katie Morton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Katie Morton

Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.

Boost Creative Expression With Meditation

Jackie Johansen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jackie Johansen

Creativity is already part of us, but we easily become disconnected from it. The more we experience our creativity through meditation the more confident we become in our creative expression and ability to bring it to form.

You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong

| Posted 12.10.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Today we tackle a subject that has sharply divided writers for generations. Those of you with delicate constitutions may ...

College Applicants Should Seek Inspiration, Not Imitation, in Others' Essays

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Should students seek inspiration from others? Of course they should. But they need to know what to do with it once they find it.

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Abigail Carter

Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.

When Did Writing Become a War?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's nothing wrong with having a daily goal if that works for you as a writer, but why should you be ashamed or crazed because you don't reach that daily goal -- what's the sense in that? Why have we let the word count become our master?

Writing Style, Culture & Honesty: the Truth From Fashion's Global Nomad

Aileen McGraw | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Aileen McGraw

Kelley Mullarkey starts our Skype conversation by declaring, "I leave for Morocco in 24 hours." Mullarkey is publisher and editor-in-chief of majestic disorder, a magazine for nomadic creatives.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Finding Time To Write During A Busy Holiday Schedule

| Posted 11.26.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: The busy holiday season is here! In between baking, visiting family and friends, decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping...