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Pauline Delpech | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Pauline Delpech

You see, when I was 20 years old, I was petrified and terrified. So I dreamt. I didn't dream of a rich, beautiful, fulfilling and sweet life. I dreamt of a flamboyant life, social and reassuring in these young years. I was lacking the idea of success.

Why You Should Never Use Absolutes

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

There's nothing worse than sentences that begin, "There's nothing worse than..." Unless, of course, you're being ironic to illustrate a point; then it's acceptable. Quite brilliant, actually.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

3 Questions Your Professional Writing Bio Must Answer

| Posted 01.25.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: You’re writing your cover or query letter, and it’s time to add your bio. But what information do you include and wha...

A Simple Dream About Walking and Singing, With Linda Ronstadt

Marci Rich | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
Marci Rich

I've had several dreams in which I'm walking, but last night's was so detailed and astonishing that I'm going to recount it here. This is nearly verbatim as I recorded it when I awoke this morning.

BUT, NOT AND: The Three Letter Word that Helps the Writer Best

Kathleen George | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Kathleen George

The word "and" is a dangerous word.

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Short Stories

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: We’ve all been there: You begin to revise your short story, but the more you rewrite, the more unenthused you feel. Yo...

Set Goals, Not Resolutions: First Year in Print

Steven Petite | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Set goals, not resolutions. Writing is hard, and writing in hopes for any amount of success is a crazy thing to believe in. But crazy things happen all the time, right?

Goal Doing Instead of Goal Setting

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.02.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Every time I have doubts or when I freeze at the site of the blank screen and blinking cursor, I rely on Bryan's advice.

Find Your Writer's Voice in 2014

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

The scholarly and professional styles that earned you good grades and your way up the ladder won't win the hearts of readers of fiction or memoir. These readers are looking for the real deal. These readers want the feral you, the wild you that answers to no one.

7 Essential Query Letter Writing Tips

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: You’ve written, rewritten, and agonized over every word in your manuscript. Now that you’re ready to submit your boo...

Writing Is Like Sex

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cassie Premo Steele

Just as you cannot become adept at making love by thinking about it, you will not be successful as a writer by allowing your thoughts and feelings about writing to stand in for the writing practice itself.

The Dare of Memoir

Roger Housden | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Roger Housden

As much as we think we know about our story, there is far more waiting to surprise us when our own words hit the page.

Move, Meditate, Write: The Yoga of Writing

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

The practice of yoga asana, the practice of meditation, the practice of writing: In each of these, commitment and repetition coalesce into ritual, and ritual both holds and creates meaning. In our lives. About ourselves. In the world.

50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

No matter which writing camp you may fall into, there are plenty of ways that you can get yourself prepared for the New Year, as a writer, author, and/or blogger.

7 Tips To Get You Through The Last Day Of NaNoWriMo

Amy Yoelin | Posted 01.28.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

It may seem like these next two days will be torture. It's supposed to be (I think). But you (yes you, reading this) will find a way to get to your goal, whatever that number may be!

The 4 Pillars of Good Business Writing and Speaking

Phil Simon | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

I've been on a reading rampage as of late, even more than usual. Blame or thank my iPad and bunch of long flights. That's not to say that I read every...

What You Should Do To Get Published

| Posted 11.27.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Another day, another rejection letter—what’s a new writer to do? While holding your breath, stomping your feet, or c...

An Interview with Kristen Eckstein on the Democratization of Publishing, Writing, and eBooks

Phil Simon | Posted 01.24.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

Kristen Eckstein is both very knowledgeable about the publishing industry-and probably a little nuts. She's writing and publishing a new Kindle book e...

The Book Doctors Interview Roxanna Elden on Teaching Writing, Writing About Teaching, and Getting a Second Shot at Publishing Success

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When we first met Roxanna Elden during our workshop, she said she had an idea for a teacher book. We've run publishing workshops for years, and we've met hundreds of teachers who wanted to write books. Quickly, though, we realized Roxanna's idea was different.

A Writer's Obligation

Paul Florez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Paul Florez

As writers, we ultimately sell ourselves out. When I find the courage to write about my family, friends or some unassuming stranger, I'm not revealing a truth about them. I am revealing a truth about myself.

Awesome Motivational Writing Posters That Will Get You To Finish That Novel!

Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

Only nine more days of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! You're probably in the final stretch, and we thought these cute motivational Quirk po...

Writing Prompts, Conversation Starters, and Good Screen Livin'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Jeb Harrison

In today's screen culture where the written word in all its new and various forms has become a prevalent mode of communication, people are starting to realize that those that can write well are more likely to be heard.

6 Things Blogging Can Do for You

Brandon Suyeoka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Brandon Suyeoka

Everyone has their own personal motivation to blog. Whether it's to log their list of eateries and food they've devoured, record their opinions on world events or even for therapeutic reasons. Whatever the reason, blogging can bring about good things to those who practice it.

5 Tips For Becoming A Successful Writer

| Posted 11.13.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief Staff: Let’s play a game. It’s called, “How do I become a successful writer?” While it’s not easy, Writer’s Relie...