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The Writing Practice: Rituals, the Muse and Luck

Melanie Bishop | Posted 10.11.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The importance of these rituals, and observances of objects as lucky, as somehow pleasing to the muse, is that they give us something concrete on which to focus.

How To Write Dialogue That Speaks Volumes

| Posted 08.06.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Let’s talk about writing dialogue in a memoir -- a creative nonfiction gray area that may have you pondering: What were...

Writing Tip: Break All The Rules

Grammarly | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Grammarly

At Grammarly, we tend to focus on the nuts and bolts of writing; after all, our business is correcting other people's grammar. But for every so-called rule there exists an exception. This summer, we recommend doing something radical: break all the rules.

The Key Element To Success Many Writers Avoid

| Posted 07.23.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: We all know that success as a writer depends on: 1) writing something worth reading and 2) getting published. (Thanks, Ca...

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Ashley Hardaway

"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question.

How To Begin Your Book

| Posted 07.09.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any...

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

How Day Jobs Helped Me Write Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Bartending: my top choice of jobs writers should have in their past. In my 30s, I worked for four years at Winnie's Pub in Mission Hill, where I received a doctorate in men, alcoholism, racial politics, class, sexual politics and sexual harassment.

5 Smart Ways To End Your Book

| Posted 06.25.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: Like a great dinner party or once-in-a-lifetime vacation, all good things must come to an end. Hopefully, a really excell...

Conversations on Writing: Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon

Write for the Future | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels Cindy Pon, a YA author, writes heroine centered fantasy series set in Ancient China. Her books are known not only for their action p...

The Characters in the Story of Your Inbox

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Everyone does the same thing in today's digital world; read and write emails. The difference is the content, but what if that is similar? A friend requested I oversee his emails while he attended to something urgent.

8 Tips for Dazzling an Editor With Your Personal Essay

Jessica Smock | Posted 08.16.2014 | Books
Jessica Smock

Here's what I think -- as a teacher, writer, editor, and reader -- about the ingredients of a great personal essay, one that is carefully crafted to draw in a reader, make her care about a topic, and keep reading.

The First 3 Steps To Writing Your Life Story

Posted 06.30.2014 | OWN

These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up w...

8 Winning Headline Strategies and the Psychology Behind Them

Courtney Seiter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney Seiter

What is especially interesting is to dig into the psychology behind some well known headline formulas to begin to understand what makes them so irresistibly clickable.

Lessons I Learned As An Author

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Good News
Sheldon D. Newton

Do your best. Do your homework regarding your subject matter. Make sure you know what you are speaking about. Words written and sent to the world should make a difference. So write something which matters and for which you have passion and focus.

3 Quick Cures For Writer's Block

Posted 06.11.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff Sooner or later, every writer comes down with a case of the blahs. Whether it’s just a touch of writing feverishly or a ...

I Can't Remember If It's 'Effected' or 'Affected,' Hence Your Blog Post Has Impacted Me Greatly

James Napoli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wanted to tell you something meaningful about that very well-researched and insightful blog you posted yesterday. I got going on a really nice...

21 Bad Blogging Habits

Danny Wong | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Danny Wong

This post aims to point out bad blogging habits you might not even be aware of.

College Essay Writing Over The Summer: An Exceptional Choice

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Summer should be a time of freedom where students can find the space and quiet to just write. This is not an assignment nor will it be graded. The idea is to get comfortable writing in the first person. This is not an easy thing to do and summertime is the best because there are few distractions and generally, is a more relaxed period of time.

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

Story Writing From Start To Finish

| Posted 05.28.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: It’s every driver’s road trip nightmare. (We know, this is supposed to be about writing. Stay with us.) You’re tryi...

How to Be a Successful Writer: A Bookstore Owner Gives the Inside Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's such a beautiful, little, Brooklyn, exquisitely-curated indie that fits in perfectly with its neighborhood -- exactly the kind of bookstore alleged 'publishing pundits' like to scream is dying.

7 Writing Lessons Straight From Jennifer Weiner's Mouth

Galit Breen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Galit Breen

"When you have an editor with deadlines and you wait for a muse to get you there, you're going to be out of a job."