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The Imperative Wow

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the...

Why I Write

Anna Caltabiano | Posted 03.13.2013 | Teen
Anna Caltabiano

Writing as the simplest and most complicated thing I've ever done.You create worlds and people, giving the reader a mirror to reflect his world, while searching for some mystical concept called "truth."

What Is True?

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

But how does one reconcile the idea of truth-telling with an inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy? I think that question goes to the essence of great fiction and poetry making, and also perhaps to the uncanny power of dreams.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

Dave Eggers & San Francisco Writers Join Forces to Keep Kids in College

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 12.27.2012 | San Francisco
Lee Daniel Kravetz

With an ever-widening gap between the number of rich and poor that earn bachelor's degrees, dropping out of college often has devastating effects on their lives. ScholarMatch harnesses technology and the community-at-large to make up these shortfalls.

The Road to Publication - Part One: Writers and Book Sellers

S.L. Scott | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

I write in the middle of the chaos of my living room. I stay up late to write in the serenity of the night and wake up early to squeeze in an hour of writing before my family awakens. I do these things because that is what I have to do to follow my passion and pursue my dreams.

4 Ways To Beat Writer Self-Sabotage

Posted 12.12.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Writers are faced with the task of completing pieces of poetry and prose with not much to guide them but raw talent and ...

Farewell to the Letter: Hello OMG!@e-speak

Terence Clarke | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

Letters hold together. Emails often have nothing to grab on to. Letters call for contemplation and soulful enjoyment. Emails call for very little. So, my wish for the return of real writing has not been fulfilled.

Being Married to Me Isn't Easy

Nicola Kraus | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Nicola Kraus

If you're in a bar and someone with a real job offers to buy you a drink -- and a writer makes the same offer -- take the employed person! Being marred to a writer sucks.

How I Became a Writer

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

I came to it in fury and revolt. I wanted to be a salesman like Abe Waitzkin, and I wanted to be Jack Kerouac or Raymond Radiguet. Probably it was the tumult, the tension and war in my home, the beat of the conga drums, the rhythm of Hemingway's sentences that first tempted me.

13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

Posted 12.04.2012 | Books

It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that...

50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In the next decade, America will be transformed by a new wave of progressive activism, led primarily by organizers, thinkers, and politicians born after 1960.

How To Beat Writer's Block

Posted 11.28.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: There are few words as disheartening to a writer as “writer’s block.” The mere thought induces dread and discomfor...

Please Write

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Dear Mr. Roth, please write. I'd like you to rage, rage against the dying of light. What happened to the legacy of our best grandparents, professors and crusty editors, skilled, in the arts of torment, demand and attitude?

Writing a Novel -- 140 Characters at a Time

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

I'm a dramatist interested in form and my experiment is the novel written in 1000 tweets 140 characters each. It's @1000thenovel on Twitter.

Author: How Prison Made Me A Better Writer

Sara Lunsford | Posted 01.19.2013 | Books
Sara Lunsford

Everyone in prison thinks they can write. From inmates writing poetry and song lyrics to the officers who all say they're going to write their memoirs when they retire. There's something about the darkness and desolation that breathes life into the muse.

Kenny Loggins and Me... Sort of a Comedy

Ilene Angel | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
Ilene Angel

I'm usually not at a loss for words. Really. But in my defense, I don't meet rock stars every day.

Six Characters in Search of a Stenographer: Where Writers Get Their Ideas

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.23.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Everything they write is an expression of their selfs.

Naomi Replansky Gets Her Due: A Powerful NY-LA Poet Is Rediscovered

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Naomi Replansky speaks with rueful self-acceptance of the long patience she's devoted to her relatively small body of work. "There's that old saying about how inspiration is waiting outside in a thunder storm for lightening to strike," she said. "That's been my life."

If It Doesn't Kill You, I'm Not Trying Hard Enough

Al DeLuise | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

Have you ever watched a movie where someone gets there shoe stuck with an impending disaster heading toward them? You watch and want to yell at the screen, 'just take off the shoe!', but they don't -- they never do. I'm here to tell you that you just don't think about taking off the shoe.

The Maddening Math of Being a Writer

Andrew Cotto | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Andrew Cotto

As a creative person, I've always had a distaste for math. Me and numbers just never got along. If there was a numerical equivalent of dyslexia, I'd h...

A Social Person's Social Media Problem

Andrew Cotto | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Andrew Cotto

There's a dynamic of technical expertise and social-digital elan I just haven't mastered. It began with e-mail back in my days as a salesman. My attempts at engagement were often clumsy, annoying, stilted and embarrassing.

Leaving New York and Finding Myself

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.25.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

But it's not just the scenery that changed my life, because in Michigan I acquired the perspective to come into my own as a writer.

An Open Letter To Fiction Writers

Yael Goldstein Love | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Yael Goldstein Love

Fellow fiction writers, Let's be frank: we're not the healthiest-minded bunch. If we were we'd spend our days doing something more pleasant than writing fiction. But lately we seem to have taken a turn for the worse.

Top Female Writers Reveal Why They Drink

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 11.17.2012 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

Each week, since we started the Drinking Diaries blog in 2009, my co-editor Caren and I have been asking women the same question: Why do, or don't you...