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Real Genius: Indulge Your Curiosity

William Kenower | Posted 05.16.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I was having coffee with Frank, a childhood friend. We hadn't seen each other in many, many years, and so there was a lot to catch up on. For instance, since the last time we spoke he'd become a tenured American History professor and I'd written a few novels.

No Offense: Why Not to Fear the Politically Correct Reader

William Kenower | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I'm going to begin this essay by breaking creative writing's most fundamental rule. I'm going to tell and not show. Here goes: It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about you. It only matters what you think about you.

What Every Memoir Writer Must Eventually Decide

Patti M Hall | Posted 05.11.2016 | Books
Patti M Hall

The world is waiting to hear your story and the most confident way to get it out there is to make writing a team sport. Find your team. Pick your writing tribe. Ask readers to comment. Hire a coach like me, or find an editor with a keen sensitivity to your concern. But decide that whatever makes it into the story is your right to tell.

Motherly Screenwriting Advice from Friday Night Light's Tami Taylor

ScreenCraft | Posted 05.06.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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

Silly Poem of the Week: I'm Not Amused

Ovadya Batat | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ovadya Batat

(image in an Inspiration Card by Diane Sherman) Hear me reading this poem to you: I'm sitting and staring, with nothing arising The mind is devisi...

9 Simple Lessons for Writing Effective Horror Screenplays

ScreenCraft | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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

A Grain of Sand

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.03.2016 | Books
Terence Clarke

Every emotional response to all occurrences can be expressed in the way an object is perceived or thought about by a character. It doesn't matter what the object is. But for the writer, the language with which the object is described does matter, because it can shape the reader's entire reaction to what is going on in the character's heart.

How to Read a Publication Like Your Future Editor Wants You To

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 04.29.2016 | Books
Rebecca L. Weber

Not sure why your story ideas aren't selling? If you ask an editor for advice on the best way for a freelance writer to break in to his or her publication, they often have the same response: "Read it first."

Stop Using These 3 Marketing Tactics

Shari Medini | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Shari Medini

Writing persuasive copy is not easy, & for some odd reason it seems to bring out the cheesiness in all of us. As soon as we try to tell the world abou...

30 Inspiring Seuss-isms to Apply to Your Writing Journey

ScreenCraft | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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

I Need Coffee: Schedule Your Writing Life

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

"I Need Coffee" is a monthly column on Huffington Post Books. INC (the initialism is deliberate) covers all sorts of writing topics, with an eye towar...

How Hemingway Learned to Write From Cezanne's Paintings

Sarah Stodola | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Sarah Stodola

Hemingway used only the most necessary words, then pared them down even further. He employed understatement to suggest depths of drama and emotion. He left the most important things out and made them all the more compelling for it.

ADVICE 10: How Do I Become a Writer?

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller To send in a question, please complete this short Google form. All submissions are anonymous, even to the author. ***** ...

Getting Published, Or How to Remember What You Already Have

William Kenower | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Publishing, whether we are paid for it or not, is always an act of sharing. I have a story, and I'd like to share it with other people. It is not accu...

Brenda Janowitz Talks About Her New Novel, 'The Dinner Party'

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Holidays give families a chance to gather, reflect on the last year, and create new memories. At least that is the ideal version of the concept. Brenda Janowitz's lovely and fast-paced novel, The Dinner Party, captures a much more realistic view of the intricacies of a family gathering.

How to Handle Rejection: 6 Ways Writers Can Cope and Grow

Angela Tung | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Angela Tung

"Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil - but there is no way...

10 Inspiring Reasons to Become a Writer

ScreenCraft | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
ScreenCraft

Many newcomers want to become a writer for all of the wrong reasons. If you want to avoid becoming a part of that statistic, you have to not just be pursuing a career -- you have to be pursuing a dream.

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

If you've been a hobby writer for a while now (and I define "hobby writer" as a writer who hasn't made any money from her writing), and you think it's time to step up and go pro, here are five things you can do to begin the transition.

Exercising Your Writing Muscle

William Kenower | Posted 04.11.2016 | Books
William Kenower

The biggest change that occurs within anyone who exercises their writing muscle is not how they appear, but how they see the world. The writing muscle is a seeing muscle that can't be seen.

How My Terrible Copywriting Skills Make Me A Sought-After Marketer

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
Bhavani Esapathi

There's a myth going around that you need to be a brilliant writer to build a respectable social media following but that's not how it worked for me.

Describing Shadows: Helping Our Readers Feel Better

William Kenower | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I believe that if you're going to write something and share it with other people, you ought to write something that leaves the reader feeling better at the end than they did at the beginning. It's a good business model, since everyone wants to feel better.

How To Be an Everyday Author

William Kenower | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
William Kenower

One of the first rules writers learn about effective description is that we can't describe everything. Look at the room, or bus, or café where you're sitting now. Take a moment to notice the myriad details you could include if you were to describe that setting.

7 Things You Need to Write a Bestselling Nonfiction Book

Amy Morin | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
Amy Morin

I never set out to become an author. My main source of income had always been through my work as a psychotherapist. I'd only started writing articles ...

50 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Authors

Kevin Kruse | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
Kevin Kruse

One of the questions I'm asked on a daily basis is some form of, "I want to become an author. Can you help?"

5 Ways Writers Can Get Into the Minds of Their Characters

ScreenCraft | Posted 04.05.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

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