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You Are Not What You Write

William Kenower | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I realized recently that whether I'm writing, teaching, or even interviewing, I'm only interested in communicating one idea: Everything is okay, even though it looks like everything is not okay.

3 Ways to Find the Writing Voice You Never Really Lost

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Life has a way of taking us away from ourselves in its acute and mundane manifestations, but it also can -- if we turn our attention to re-engaging our voice -- bring us right back to who we are, and what we have to say both on and off the page. Here are three DIY voice lessons.

The Beauty of Writing -- What I Wish All Writers Knew

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Vanessa Carnevale

The first words are often the hardest, even when they come easily. The first words are ones that open up a new world, introduce us to new characters, ones that we might not necessarily be acquainted with, at least not in action even if you have filled the pages of a notebook with character traits and have countless images pinned on a Pinterest board.

Huffington Post Blogger: Exactly How I Became One

Alicia Gonzalez | Posted 02.05.2016 | Women
Alicia Gonzalez

If you have ever struggled with feeling unworthy or not-good-enough, you're not alone. If you've ever been overly confident, maybe even conceited, you're not alone.

If You Were Born To Write

William Kenower | Posted 02.04.2016 | Books
William Kenower

If you were born to write you knew that the something else had to do with the inseparable and ceaselessly creative link between curiosity and imagination. It was the one thing you could not see, and yet it was the one thing upon which so much depended.

The Immense Popularity of the Cozy Mysteries

Kristen Houghton | Posted 02.04.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Call them thrillers, crime or detective fiction; all of these and the slang term, whodunits, have been used to describe the mystery or crime story. Readers, it seems, love a good mystery.

10 Traps Screenwriters Need to Avoid

ScreenCraft | Posted 02.03.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Stop waiting. Once you click submit and you've entered that contest, leave it to the fates to decide. It's out of your control now so why torture yourself? And furthermore, the true trap here is putting all of your eggs in that one basket.

The Key To Beautiful Writing: Your Reader's Imagination

William Kenower | Posted 02.02.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Writers and readers agree universally that we like beautiful writing, though there is not universal agreement as to which writing is beautiful and which is not -- a disagreement that is the true source of writing's beauty.

Why Not To Judge Your Writing

William Kenower | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books
William Kenower

The worst thing I can do as a writer is to believe in good writing and bad writing. Actually, the worst thing I can do as a writer is to believe in good and bad period. The concept of good and bad, of right and wrong, is anathema to creativity.

7 Adaptation Rules from the Screenwriter of Dracula and Contact

ScreenCraft | Posted 02.01.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day on...

The Artist's Way Writing Challenge in 4 Steps

Chris Castiglione | Posted 01.29.2016 | Books
Chris Castiglione

There's no silver bullet. For one, I taped a sticky note on my wall to reminded me to "Write!"

How to Get the Best Results

William Kenower | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Books are finished one interesting sentence at a time. There's simply no other way to do it. The most practical question I can ask, whether I'm writing a book or building a career, is, "What is the most interesting choice I can make at this moment?"

How to Accept Your Readers

William Kenower | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I had not understood, until I began sharing my work regularly, how much this difference between what I thought I had written and what my readers read had served as a quiet impediment to getting published.

Ten Things I Learned As A First-Time Published Author

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Kristin Meekhof

About four years ago, I decided that I wanted to write a non- fiction book. I have a graduate degree in social work and no one in my family is an auth...

Getting Beyond Writer's Block

Bill Donius | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Bill Donius

Here are eight tips to help you get past writer's block:

Interview With Author Jennifer Robson On Writing Historical Fiction And Her New Book, Moonlight Over Paris

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 01.22.2016 | Books
Vanessa Carnevale

Jennifer Robson, the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over, shares insights into her writing journey and...

How to Accept Rejection

William Kenower | Posted 01.22.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Most writers view rejection as their professional enemy. A writing career requires acceptance, after all. If a writer received nothing but rejection, that writer wouldn't have a career at all. Except writers cannot hate rejection.

Why Everyone Has Time To Write

William Kenower | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow.

Wake Up White Writers! When underlying racism sneaks into our work

Tamar Halpern | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Tamar Halpern

Nobody wants to be called a racist. But I'm calling some of us out in Hollywood. I'm not talking about white-cloaked Klansmen burning a cross or Don...

How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Sh*t

Jennifer Garam | Posted 01.18.2016 | Books
Jennifer Garam

I don't have an agent or an editor expecting the completion of my manuscript, no publishers are wooing me with six-figure advances for a book deal, and nothing I've written has ever gone viral.

I Need Coffee: Become Your Own Retailer, for Real

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

I don't mind schlepping my books around. I don't mind befriending bookstore owners and delivering a sales pitch. That's just part of an author's job. I do mind all that work not counting.

33 Screenwriting Lessons from the Philosophy of Bruce Lee

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Bruce Lee passed away suddenly in 1973, at the young age of 33, shocking the film industry and martial arts community. Over forty years later, his legacy lives on as one of cinema's most iconic film stars and as one of the greatest martial artists of all time.

7 Must-Read New Year's Resolutions for Screenwriters

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

As Hollywood is once again open after the holiday shutdown, it's time for writers to reflect and ready themselves for the year ahead.

Why Confidence Is More Important Than Craft

William Kenower | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
William Kenower

When I was a very young writer I was somewhat motivated to learn my craft so that I would not suffer the sting of shame I believed would come if I shared something that was poorly written. I can now say - with confidence - that that sting is brief and harmless.