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5 Fundamental Tips For Writing Your First Novel

Jack Woodville London | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Jack Woodville London

Autumn is the season when word processors develop twitches in keyboards. Writers emerge from summers abroad, agents hunger for a new voice, publishers...

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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.

Lessons I Learne as a Writer, Part Three

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 08.17.2014 | Good News
Sheldon D. Newton

Are you procrastinating in your writing because you fear that people may not want to read what you have to say? Are you afraid of failure so you make every excuse as to why you cannot finish what you have started?

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...

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.

How I Learned To Be An 'Authentic' Writer

Taylor Griffith | Posted 05.05.2014 | Teen
Taylor Griffith

During my writer's journey, I've come across an interesting question that I think every writer (and non-writer) can relate to: what makes something or someone authentic?

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates

Posted 07.18.2013 | Books

Joyce Carol Oates is one of our favorite writers and writing personalities. A prolific tweeter, the 75 year old today put out 10 pieces of great advic...

The Writing Life: What's the Process?

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Deborah Doucette

My novel, Bad Girls, just launched -- hooray and hallelujah! -- which, among other things, prompted lots of questions from family, friends and co-work...

How to Write a Blog Post From a Single Post and Its Comments Stream?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Have you noticed how often an article grows much bigger in importance than itself by hundreds and even thousands of comments on HuffPost? It is like ...

Should You Trash Your Novel?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

How do you know if your book is good enough to publish? That's probably the most unanswerable question in the universe, right up there with, "Why do ...

Do You Have the Writer Gene?

Dean Orion | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Dean Orion

Being a writer means walking through life with dozens of untold stories constantly bouncing around in your head -- a series of puzzles, each one more vexing than the last.

8 Steps To Writing The Next 'Da Vinci Code'

Lisa Rogak | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Lisa Rogak

When it was clear that no publisher was willing to sign an unknown money-losing novelist, Brown decided to go for broke in planning The Da Vinci Code. And as we know, the rest is history.

How To Write An Effective Point Of View

| Writer's Relief | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Point of View (or “POV,” as we’ll occasionally refer to it in this article) can be one of the most important choice...

Writing a Synopsis for Your Novel: A Scary But Useful Exercise

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is a synopsis, anyway? Just a summary, right? Wrong. Sure, a synopsis is a summary of your novel's narrative arc and describes the main characters. However, a synopsis must also be its own entity, with dramatic turns and a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Etgar Keret on How Writing Saved Janet Frame

Electric Literature | Posted 01.26.2013 | Books
Electric Literature

Where does the need to make up a story come from? I think that every time I've ever read a story, that question echoes in my mind.

Writing in the Shower

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.23.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

I think it's odd when writers say "I write from 6 a.m. to noon" or "I only write on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays." Writing isn't something you can turn on and off.

Writer Wednesday: Talking To Dead People

Nancy Goldstone | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
Nancy Goldstone

Charles Dickens used to say that after a morning of writing one of his novels, the characters in the book would clutch at his coattails, demanding to be heard, when he later went out for his afternoon walk. I know exactly what he means.

Protecting Your Bright Ideas From Literary Scavengers

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Writers who are in the process of submitting their work to agents and editors tend to worry about idea theft. How m...

The Genus of a Novel

R.J. Ellory | Posted 03.24.2012 | Books
R.J. Ellory

A classic is a book that presents you with a narrative so compelling you can't read it fast enough, and yet is written so beautifully you can't read it slowly enough. You are caught in limbo.

Do You Want To Write Or Do You Want To Be A Writer?

Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 02.08.2012 | Books
Madison Smartt Bell

Do you want to be a writer or do you want to write? That's been a sort koan-question in a writer's education for at least as long as I've been on the game. Option one is, officially, the wrong answer.

Close the Door

Lisa Unger | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books
Lisa Unger

There's a village in my computer -- friends, fans, readers, and colleagues. It's a populous, sometimes chaotic little burg always bustling with news, gossip, opinions and potential excitement.

Are You Writing Without Reading?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: We at Writer’s Relief recently had to change our rejection letters. Our old letter was polite, encouraging, and (okay...

How To Write a Song, Songwriting Exercise #2 -- Sequel or Response

Ruth Gerson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

In our first songwriting exercise we began with a letter, writing to someone we feel intensely about, regarding something we feel intensely about. The...

Writer Wednesday: Ann Patchett On How To Avoid Doubt

Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Bestselling novelist and essayist Ann Patchett recently wrote "The Getaway Car" (Byliner), "a practical memoir about the agony, ecstasy, and occasiona...