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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.

5 Ways To Finish Your Passion Project (When Watching Netflix In Bed Seems Way More Appealing)

Laura Hankin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Laura Hankin

Maybe you have lots of free time in which to work on your passion project. Maybe you have very little. Whatever amount you have, make it something you're excited about.

5 Traps for Parents to Avoid During College-Essay Season

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Douglas Danoff

You're not alone in feeling like you're walking through a treacherous jungle this time of year. When it comes to the college-application essays, many parents believe they're stepping forward onto firm ground, only to discover that they've landed themselves -- and their son or daughter -- in quicksand.

The Light of the Blank Page

William Kenower | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I write mostly memoir now, but it is still my job to forget the past. As a writer, it is my job to believe more in what will be than what was. After all, whether I am writing a memoir or a poem or a novel or a screenplay, my writing begins with a blank page

How Do You Know If You're Good? 3 Ways to Get Validation for Your Writing

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good?

Effortless Acceptance

William Kenower | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
William Kenower

For the first twenty years of writing, I experienced mostly rejection. For the last five years, I've experienced mostly acceptance. I have reduced rejection and acceptance down to this: rejection is always an expression of effort, and acceptance is always an expression of effortlessness.

Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Dale Norton

We Americans love Back to School--memories of a fresh school year complete with new shoes and unknown books. As adults, we love the renewal those memories signal.

What Cocktail Choice Conveys About Characters

Betsy Talbot | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Betsy Talbot

A well-chosen cocktail cements the personality of the character, assigning motives, attitudes, and background with a simple sip. In my own Late Bloomers Series of contemporary romance, I have five women characters with distinct personalities, and each one has her own favorite drink.

College Essay Cliches

Josh Stephens | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common that they can only be described as clichés: stories and messages that every adult has already heard and, probably, already lived through.

What I Learned When I Self-Published My Book

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Books
Lisa Marie Wilson

My whole point of writing, Traveling Daisy, was to help others through cancer. I drank a glass of wine and thought of the people afflicted with cancer that I could share my tips and advice to.

8 Reasons I Keep a Daily Diary

Timothy Merrill | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Timothy Merrill

Of all literary genres, the diary is the least read and most uninteresting, with possible exception of Wilde or Anais Nin. A nutrition label on a loaf of pumpernickel is more exciting. So if no one is going to read your diary -- and really, you don't want them to -- then, why write at all?

Writing and Publishing a Novel in 589 Easy Steps

Andy Kutler | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Andy Kutler

I wrote a novel. It has been months now since I signed my first publishing contract, and I'm still struggling to process the meaning of those four words. Writing this book has taken a personal toll. Still, I am certain all of that personal sacrifice was worth it.

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your
College-Application Essays

Douglas Danoff | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Douglas Danoff

As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection.

3 Simple Ways Writing Can Improve Your Life

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia T. Glenn

It is commonly known that writing is a habit of successful people. They've realized for years the benefits of jotting down their ideas and feelings, w...

What We Want Most

William Kenower | Posted 08.04.2015 | 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."