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Starting Your Writing Career: Become A Published Author In Six Steps

Megan G. Close | Posted 01.24.2017 | Books
Megan G. Close

"I've decided I want to write for a living. Any tips?" My friend Jannah recently contacted me regarding starting a writing career - and I'm glad she ...

Your Writing Career, Are You As Serious As You Pretend?

Kanarian Kindred | Posted 01.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Kanarian Kindred

As a youth I was raised to believe no one owes you anything. Therefore, I tend to look at situations in an objective view, instead of dealing mostly o...

Goal Setting For Freelance Writers

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 12.31.2016 | Books
Rebecca L. Weber

Goal setting by the numbers A few years back, for the first time, the bulk of my income came from content marketing--but I didn't realize it until I ...

Dreaming Big: When Your Imagination Meets Reality

William Kenower | Posted 11.30.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Like many writers I know, I had big dreams for myself when I began my first book. I imagined myself winning all the usual awards, appearing at the top...

How Reality TV Inspires My Writing

Katie Kiaunis | Posted 11.29.2016 | Entertainment
Katie Kiaunis

So often in writing, we get pulled by the words or by the characters or some other exciting part of the process. However, the reason readers are going to keep coming back to pick that book up again is for the actual story, the drama and the high stakes to get to the end.

How to Write Characters That Feel Real

Quora | Posted 11.22.2016 | Books

What are some tips for creating characters that feel very real and full? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling...

3 Blogging Myths That Are Hurting You

Tammy Letherer | Posted 11.21.2016 | Arts
Tammy Letherer

You've learned a thing or two in this lifetime. Maybe you know the secret to making the perfect souffle. Or how to be a stepparent to kids who refuse ...

Writers - When Is Short Too Short?

Carl Phillips | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

"Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words" ― William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Gui...

The Only Answer For A Writer's Worry

William Kenower | Posted 10.31.2016 | Books
William Kenower

A lot of writers worry about the future because no one knows how well the next book will sell. Keep your eyes on the page. That's where all your opportunities wait, where all your happiness and interest and pleasure waits.

4 Easy Ways To Improve Your College Essays

Victoria Yore | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Victoria Yore

Since a good bit of your life [and grade!] will rely on essay writing, you may as well hone your skills early so you can shock your professors and continue to improve your grade.

Rigged Systems and the Published Author Club

William Kenower | Posted 10.25.2016 | Books
William Kenower

In case you missed it, there was a Presidential debate recently where one candidate warned that the coming election was rigged. When I heard this, I t...

The Real Source of Writer's Block

William Kenower | Posted 10.19.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Years ago I read the Goethe quote, "The worst thing one can do is to think ill of oneself." It seemed true enough to me at the time -- I certainly thought ill of myself now and again and it never led to any good. But Goethe didn't say thinking ill of oneself was one of the worst things you could do; he said it was the worst thing you could do.

Writers - 5 Reasons You Should Write for an Audience of One

Carl Phillips | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

However many people end up reading our work, each individual person will have their own relationship with what we have written. Some will love what we write, some will be indifferent and some will flat out hate it.

Preparing for College? Made of Compassion and Creativity: Meet Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy

Robyn Shulman | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Robyn Shulman

Over the past month, I was honored to chat with Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. Sometimes, if we are lucky, someone comes along who we instinctively know is an authentic, good person.

How One Author Turns Stress to Inspiration

Quora | Posted 10.12.2016 | Books

What inspiration can be found in the stress of family and marriage life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling...

Curiosity: The Path to Finding Your Voice

William Kenower | Posted 10.12.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Until you have found your voice, no matter how diligently you study craft, writing will remain frustratingly unknowable, the blank page a moving target you come to fear and resent.

I'm a Writer, and This Is My Biggest Productivity Hack

Quora | Posted 10.10.2016 | Books

What small habits or tricks do you use to work more efficiently and productively? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where c...

Why Plagiarism Makes You A Better Writer

Tammy Letherer | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Tammy Letherer

When you write something, no matter how many times the idea has been conveyed, it is unique because YOU are unique. No one will a write something exactly as you do. And we need every last version, every individual nuance, every voice.

5 Tips for Turning Your Creativity into a Business

Rachel Hollis | Posted 10.04.2016 | Women
Rachel Hollis

When I first started out as an Event Planner I wanted to have a place where I can share some tips and recipes that I would feature in some of my parti...

Following Trouble: Why Writing is Never a Problem

William Kenower | Posted 09.29.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Writers cultivate trouble. Without trouble we'd have nothing to write about. If we write fiction, we sit at our desk and imagine the most interesting ...

Hollywood High Concept

Ken Atchity | Posted 09.29.2016 | Entertainment
Ken Atchity

Studios today are producing, for the most part, two kinds of films. One type is pre-established franchises (comic books, TV series, famous novels, toys, such as Star Wars, Captain America, and The Hunger Games. The other type is high-concept scripts that are either conceived of in-house by executives, producers, managers, and agents who know what the market responds to -- or by "spec" screenwriters determined to break the bank.

Rejecting Stories: Becoming the Author of Your Life

William Kenower | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
William Kenower

For years I had two separate and apparently contradictory experiences when I wrote. Sometimes the writing was effortless. I would sink quickly into the dream of the story I was telling and find myself carried along as if in a current.

The 3 Models of Modern Publishing -- And How You Should Choose

Tucker Max | Posted 09.21.2016 | Books
Tucker Max

If you're reading this, you've already written a book, or you are seriously considering it. Now the question you want answered is, "What's the best book publishing option for me?"

The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 09.19.2016 | Arts
Sharon Van Epps

I've been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn't my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I'd share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you're really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

5 Things You Need To Know About Writing Before Becoming A Writer

Thomas Kuegler | Posted 09.15.2016 | HuffPost Home
Thomas Kuegler

"Here it comes, my masterpiece, my Sistine Chapel, my Old Man And The Sea. Aaand it's gone." -Me, sitting at my laptop writing, every day. Writing ...