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Journey Toward Writing Fulfillment

S. L. Young | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

If a writer writes for themselves and to also convey a viewpoint -- even if others don't agree with it -- then an article has a better opportunity to connect with readers and have greater chances to deliver powerful, purposeful or progressive pieces.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

5 Tips for Curing Writer's Block

Abby Draper | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Abby Draper

Writing is a thoughtful process that takes a lot of time and energy. It won't always be fun or perfect, but having a story to tell is a powerful thing. Don't let it go to waste.

The Book Launch and the Aftermath

Warren Adler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Should You Write A Book For Your Business? 5 Tips From A Ghostwriter

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

Remember that for most business books, the book itself is not going to make you money -- it's the business that it may attract, the professional credibility it will build for you, and the platform it can develop.

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer 6: The Influencer - The Loudest Voice in the Room

Dan Miles | Posted 12.27.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

I like to think everyone has a superpower; a special gift that they're born with; like my friend Chris for instance who can get an entire Satsuma under his foreskin.

A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

How To Get Your Work Noticed By Literary Journals

| Posted 10.15.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Like it or not, the process of submitting your writing to literary journals and agents has moved irreversibly into the di...

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer - Part 4 - Welcome to the Fourth Estate

Dan Miles | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

Kay, my acid-toned and perpetually vexed marketing guru, claimed this week that her daughter Lily was better at book marketing than I am. Which was a bold claim, considering Lily is two weeks old.

The Biggest Lesson I Learned Writing A Book At 17

Cailin Loesch | Posted 12.13.2014 | Teen
Cailin Loesch

So, yes, my sister and I wrote a book at 17. But I also learned a lesson that will influence every single thing that I will write in the future, and I am sure that it's for the better.

More Bad Advice for Writers!

G. Doucette | Posted 12.09.2014 | Comedy
G. Doucette

If you want to describe something and don't feel like also using your brain, just reach for a cliché instead! It tells the reader, "this part isn't very important, so you only have to give it as much attention as I did when I put these words together," which is helpful!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Mystery

Lee Goodman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Lee Goodman

I never planned to write legal mystery. I'd had in mind something stodgier -- solid stories that could stand on a shelf with all the great works that...

3 Secrets To Writing Great Pop Songs

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Larry Dvoskin

How does one explain a creative process that is unexplainable, and largely intuitive? How does one create original work which is both 'art' and produc...

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 3: Using Social Media, or I'll Like You If You Like Me

Dan Miles | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

The problem is we've reached 'Like' saturation. Every time we access social media we're asked to comment, follow, respond, reply, and share. To like is to associate, to comment is to involve ourselves, to share is to take ownership.

This Old-School Grammar Trick Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

| Posted 10.02.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Back in ye olden days (okay, about thirty years ago) elementary school students were taught how to diagram sentences. The...

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 2: Networking - The Quiet Art of Making Yourself Sound Awesome Whilst Pretending to Listen to Someone Else

Dan Miles | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's not that I don't like talking to people; I was once a stand up comic, so I'm not exactly shy and retiring. It's just that it's so bloody soulless. Frankly I would rather gargle leftover lipo fat than network.

How Writers Can Blog Like Pros

| Posted 09.17.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: In today’s publishing industry, your success as an author can hinge on whether or not you have a Web presence. But what...

Writing Tips from Maui

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I'm in Maui this week -- on a family vacation I've long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I've felt unexpected longings.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.