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Advice for Writers

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.

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!

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If I don't publish X by age 27, I'm finished. As I passed 27, then 37 and finally 40, I began to take a longer view about publishing careers and realized how silly it was to think that authorship possessed some sort of expiration date.

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...

How to Take a Massive Leap Forward in Your Writing Through One Simple Exercise

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

In finding my own voice as a historical writer, I benefited years ago from an exercise that I am convinced can help anyone to write -- and express a point of view -- more clearly and convincingly.

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 06.04.2013 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

You're a writer. You have a novel published or are waiting to hear back from an agent/editor/critique partner. You click around on Facebook or Twitter and find that someone you know has a bright shiny new book deal!

Platformania! Building the Best Book Platform

Lisa Tener | Posted 08.29.2012 | Books
Lisa Tener

Everyone knows that you, the author or author-to-be, most likely can't get a top agent or publisher without a so-called "platform."

Why I'm Not Planning a 'Hunger Games' Knockoff

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I enjoy reading well-written books where there are earth-shattering secrets, a race against the clock, harrowing twists and turns, lives constantly under threat. But I don't have an itch to create one.

Omit Unnecessary Words: 5 Valuable Writing Lessons From Twitter

J.S. McDougall | Posted 03.18.2012 | Books
J.S. McDougall

I'm a writer, and I'm in love with Twitter. For the longest time I couldn't explain why I am so enamored with a platform which limits me to only 140 characters. And last night it dawned on me. Twitter makes me a better writer.

How to Make the Three-Act Structure Work for Your Book

Alan Watt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Story structure has little to do with plot. In fact, the "structure" that's being alluded to is actually the underlying theme. But what is a theme exactly, and how does working with one help you structure your story?

Writers Wednesday: Ask Not What Lit Mags Can Do For You...

Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Occasionally, we at Writer’s Relief get a grouchy email that sounds something like this: “Why should I bother su...

33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer

James Altucher | Posted 11.09.2011 | Books
James Altucher

Back in college, Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women. One time he turned to me, "Your stories go on too long. From now on, you need to leave out every other sentence when you tell a story." That's the most important writing advice I ever got.

Six Reasons to Write Your First Draft Quickly

Alan Watt | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Though every writer's process is different, most published authors tend to write their first drafts quickly, in a fevered blast over a scant few months. Here are some reasons why.

Rewards for the Vulnerable Author

Arielle Ford | Posted 08.30.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

If you are anything like most authors and aspiring authors, you have an idea for a book and perhaps the title. As you move closer to the process of w...

Best Creative Writing Exercises (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writers block, oh, writers block ...please go away! Even though it's the bane of all writers' existence, there are a bevy of ways to bypass the darn...

"I'm Writing This Book, and I'm Wondering if You --"

Will Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Will Weaver

These words are God's punishment for literary success. Requests to "pick your brain" (code for "read my manuscript") come along unceasingly.