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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."

Write Like You Talk: 9 Quick 'n' Dirty Tips for Non-Robotic-Sounding Copy

Whitney Ryan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Whitney Ryan

When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. But when it's time to sit down and write? Total crickets.

Peer Pressure at Camp NaNoWriMo

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

Camp NaNoWriMo is the summertime version of National Novel Writing Month and provides an online gathering-place and support group for writers working on any type of writing project.

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

How to Kill Your Characters Without Bloodshed

LJ Charleston | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
LJ Charleston

Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you.

Be a Patron of the Arts-Your Own Art!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough to pay the bills.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter than 80,000 Words

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Kill your darlings. It's a phrase you've all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed?

What Judy Blume Taught Me About Writing

Melanie Biehle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Biehle

Thanks to Judy Blume for her words of wisdom (and wit) about writing that she shared with me.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

I Vomited 126,868 Words: My First Step In Writing A Book

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

Writing is like vomiting, I learned: Just get it all out, and don't worry about what comes out. I needed a lot of words for my first book, Burn Zones.

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Lance Rubin on Harry Potter, the Stinky Cheese Man and How to Get Your Debut Novel Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.11.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the fun things about being a Book Doctor is that we get to travel to cool places and meet cool people.

Five Tips to Keep You Passionate About Your Writing

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

How can we stay on track, writing about those things which keep us passionate, when we must write for a living, day in and day out? Here are five tips to keep you passionate in your writing.

5 Tips for Running a Successful Blog

Quora | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Quora

Anyone can walk into a bookstore and pick from Shakespeare, Pratchett, JK Rowling and a million more. Tell me (a) is your writing more deserving of attention and (b) how would anyone even know?

5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Where authors are concerned, impatience leads to wishful thinking, which feeds these five delusions I see new authors suffer from, when they allow impatience to distort their path to successful publication.

The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

While most authors don't spend the same amount of time as Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on today's novels there are certain things that need to be clear and true when writing a book.

Why It's Difficult to Be a Writer Mama and Why I Have to

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Dorit Sasson

When I was a young and inexperienced mother, I wrote but I always felt guilty and selfish for doing so. Now I understand this what I need to do to emotionally survive as a parent and to validate who I am.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Ylonda Gault Caviness on Being Black, a Mom, a Black Mom and How to Get a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Ylonda Gault Caviness when she won our Pitchapalooza at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ. We were immediately struck by her presence, authority, wit, style, and the way she could string words and ideas together in exciting ways.

How to Write Your Life

Babette Hughes | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Babette Hughes

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom -- the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are.

What I Learned After 30 Straight Days Of Blogging

Jonas Ellison | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonas Ellison

Thirty days ago, I was creatively stuck. But here's the thing: The mind is deeper than you can ever imagine. It's only when you get it circulating that you start to see its true potential. And after 30 days of blogging, I'm merely skimming the top. Creativity is infinite possibilities.

5 Key Things People Who Love Their Jobs Do Differently

Anne Bechard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Bechard

Find someone who says they love their job and you've found someone who loves their life. People who are happy with life before and after 5 p.m. do their whole lives differently. Here are some characteristics of people who love their jobs and five things they're doing right all the time.

The Freelancer's 3-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Workplace

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Danielle Wolffe

Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.

6 Steps to Publishing and Marketing Your Own Book

Tom Ayling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

A book is the best way to turn your passion into income. Once you write a book you'll gain what we call the book echo. In essence it's the difference between searching for customers and attracting customers.