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30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As writers, we are getting ready to close out another year of ferocious writing. Like all other aspects of our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can get ourselves prepared for the New Year.

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

11 Secrets on How to Market and Sell Your Book

Renee Lo Iacono | Posted 11.24.2015 | Miami
Renee Lo Iacono

Being the first book fair I have attended as an author, I have to admit how ill prepared I was. That being said, I was curious to learn from the experience and discover how other authors successfully market and sell their books.

The Day I Stopped Reading Reviews

William Kenower | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Either way, I was letting what someone else thought of what I'd written determine how I should feel about what I'd written, and this is an untenable position for a writer.

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part I

Paul Bishop | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Marathon runners call it hitting the wall. This is the point in a race, usually around the 20 mile mark, where muscles seize up with lactic overload, and your body tells you continuing to run is impossible.

Write Now: Crashing Through The Wall Part 2

Paul Bishop | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

In Part 1, we began looking at ways to break through the resistance trying to stop us from completing a novel. Following are four more jackhammer tips to help crash through the writing wall...

10 Everyday Writing Tips

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

While the earth was still magma, and I was in journalism school, there were certain rules by which we lived, and much of that priceless info came from a bible of sorts -- the Associated Press Stylebook.

How to Excavate Creativity Gold

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I've got good news and bad news. It's about creativity. Well, mine anyway. After many years of alternately experiencing both droughts and monsoons of creative vision, I have miraculously discovered from where to harvest my most creative self.

The Secrets to Writing Successful Movies for the Whole Family

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.21.2015 | Entertainment

Four-Quadrant scripts and movies are Hollywood's bread and butter. These are the projects that have the most outreach in regards to which audiences embrace them most.

The Law of Response: Where Acceptance and Rejection Begin

William Kenower | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I was having dinner with my wife and two sons and fell into a discussion about respect -- about who deserved it and who did not. I was of the opinion that everyone deserved it. My oldest son, Max, then 12, was not so sure. "For instance," he offered, "I don't respect you, Dad, because you're not a success."

5 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know About Action Writing

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.17.2015 | Entertainment

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

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 7: Get Physical

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

Last time, I showed you how to improve your writing simply by getting rid of adjectives and adverbs. Instead, I said, use the right nouns and verbs.

Why Neil Gaiman Doesn't Believe In Writer's Block

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

Every writer has been there: Staring down a blank page, struggling to write anything that feels right, cursing writer's block for impeding pro...

Why Writers Can't Actually Fail

William Kenower | Posted 11.09.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Had I been able to tell my young writer self about all the rejections I would receive, all the books I would write but wouldn't publish, I might have said, "Then I shouldn't do this, because that is failure, and I do not want that life." Incredibly, I would have been wrong.

7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplay to Anyone

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment

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

Write Now: The Man in the Hat, Part 2

Paul Bishop | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

My exclusive interrogation of Tommy Hancock, high-end pulp pusher and head of the Pro Se Productions pulp cartel, continues.

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Spencer Critchley

"How will I ever learn to be a good writer?" It's a scary question -- and the hell of it is, the more you appreciate good writing, the scarier it gets.

Becoming the Author of Your Life: The Gift and Challenge of Memoir

William Kenower | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I cannot tell a story from my life until I allow myself to become its author. If I still believe that something shouldn't have been said to me or done to me, whether by another person or simply by life, then I am still stuck within the story as I first perceived it when I lived it, the story of a world that should be something other than what it is.

Writing That Is Effortless to Read Takes Great Effort to Write

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Gregory Ciotti

As for how to write well," writes Paul Graham, "here's the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut out everything unnecessary."

One-On-One With Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of 'Brokeback Mountain' Diana Ossana

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment

Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.

NaNo NaNo

Ann Lewis Hamilton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Ann Lewis Hamilton

Okay, so this year it'll be a dystopian tale set in Pittsburgh after an alien invasion. No, cancel that. A gentle coming of age story. 1950s, small town America. Wait, what about a man who wakes up, looks in the mirror, and - he's turned into a German shepherd.

A Crash Course in Fearless Writing

William Kenower | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
William Kenower

Writing doesn't really begin until we forget to be afraid. So the question isn't whether you can write fearlessly, but whether you can do it on purpose. Here are the three best tools I know for writing fearlessly every day.

How to Make Money as a Writer

William Kenower | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
William Kenower

If you want to make money as a writer, put all your attention on how much you value the story you're telling. If you want to research markets, fine; if you want to improve your craft, fine.

23 Reasons Why a Screenwriter's Script Is Rejected

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment

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

The Ultimate Guide to Content Curation

Elena Prokopets | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Elena Prokopets

In a world where over 2 million blog posts are published daily, keeping an eye on the buzz gets difficult. Instead of visiting a dozen of our favo...