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How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 12.26.2014 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.

Time Management for Creative Types

Katie Morton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Katie Morton

Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.

You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong

| Posted 12.10.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Today we tackle a subject that has sharply divided writers for generations. Those of you with delicate constitutions may ...

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Abigail Carter

Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Finding Time To Write During A Busy Holiday Schedule

| Posted 11.26.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: The busy holiday season is here! In between baking, visiting family and friends, decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping...

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

The Book Launch and the Aftermath

Warren Adler | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

What NOT to Include in Your College Application Essays

Sam Johnson | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Sam Johnson

College early action and early decision deadlines have come and gone, and you know what that means! Time to start prepping even more essays. The good news is: I have some words of wisdom to help make sure your essays are "totally baller" or whatever the kids are saying these days.

Cheers to Horrible First Drafts

Kathleen Smith | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Kathleen Smith

Regardless of the destiny of your writing, the process is absolutely worth the sense of accomplishment and the welcoming community of whiny writers available to you through the platform.

3 Things I Learned About Self-Publishing

Anthony Otero | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Anthony Otero

I came up with three things I've learned (and still learning) about self-publishing: support, accepting help, and not taking things personally.

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

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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.

Bad Advice for Writers! NaNoWriMo edition

G. Doucette | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Today, on the eve of NaNoWriMo*, we will focus on bad advice for the novelist. We feel we should make this distinction insofar as some of this advice might actually not be bad advice if you are planning on a work of non-fiction.

Not So Novel: Polite Racism

Hannah Sutker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
Hannah Sutker

Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.

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.

The Good Luck Cat: An Interview With Author Lissa Warren

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Only a human pacemaker could save this beloved member of their family. Warren graciously shared with me some of her influences and experiences behind writing this moving story.

When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor?

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

Remember that an agent who wants to represent you is courting you. Allow yourself to be courted; don't throw yourself at the first prospect that comes along and agree to make changes you don't really want to make. Be flexible; don't be a doormat.

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.

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...

Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

Introducing Bad Advice for Writers!

G. Doucette | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Greetings from the offices of Bad Advice for Writers! Whether you're planning a novel, a screenplay, a short story, or a letter to your mother, if it's fiction we're here for you!

The Older I Get, the Less I Like Rules: An Interview With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Cathy Lamb, 47, is a women's fiction author. Her first novel, Julia's Chocolates, was published when she was forty, in 2007.

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...

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

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.