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Being a Writer

How Being a Writer is Like Being a Parent

Abby Heugel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Abby Heugel

Most people I know do have kids, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the toils and troubles that most parents face. Given what they say on a regular basis, I realized that being a writer isn't all that different from being a parent at times.

The Real Reason I Remain So Cheerful All The Time

Roz Warren | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

'How do you manage to remain so cheerful?' people ask. 'Your job can be so stressful, and yet you're always smiling. What's your secret?' It isn't that I was born a perpetually happy camper, or that I've finally found the right meds. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It's because I'm a writer.

I Tried to Write a Book Once

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 08.25.2013 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Brentwood, with a laptop in front of me, next to a window facing San Vicente Boulevard. I'm trying to write a book. Not sure yet what it'll be about, but it's going to be something deep, profound, voice-of-my-generation-ish, critically admired and vaguely popular.

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

Writer's Block

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Adrian Margaret Brune

I feel the tug of people's reactions when I told them I was a journalist, not some bureaucrat or corporate slave. Most of all, I miss finding the perfect adjective or the wittiest phrase from my internal encyclopedia to finish a sentence.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Do You Have 'What it Takes?'

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

It happens at least once a semester. A student writes me an impassioned note begging me to tell her whether or not she has what it takes to be a writer, imploring me to "stop her right now," if she doesn't.

Why Do People Still Bother to Write Books?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.01.2012 | Books
Lisa Earle McLeod

People want to write books for a lot of reasons. They want to be famous. They want to make a pile of money. They want everybody from high school to see that they're not a big fat loser after all. But there's really only one good reason to write a book.

The Truth About Writer's Block

Judith Johnson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Books
Judith Johnson

To say "I have writer's block" is to judge a temporary or permanent absence of writing momentum and productivity as wrong and therefore to see oneself as a failure in some way.

Four Critical Points for Writers

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Shore

In the end a writer who doesn't know the grunt mechanics of punctuation, grammar, and syntax is like the professional sniper who's never fired a gun: something's gone hinky somewhere.